Wednesday, Feb 22, 2017
Not at Our Lake
Shawnigan residents are happy,
but is it too soon?
hawnigan Lake Residents (SRA) can breathe a sigh of relief—for now.
Following a statement today by the BC Minister of Environment (MoE), Mary Pollock, advised by her staff, denied Cobble Hill Holdings Ltd. their permit to set up shop for dumping contaminated soil near Shawnigan Lake.
Residents waged an acrid battle against the company to keep the soil away from the lake. In the end, it was the Cobble Hill who was responsible for their own demise.
community received the news we have been waiting for. After four and one
half years. Mary Polak, Minister of Environment, cancelled the Cobble
Hill Holdings contaminated soil permit, effective immediately," said the
SRA Association. "The SRA and legal counsel, will review all MoE
documentation and communications and report to the community in a few
days. Many thanks to everyone for their support and
The MoE required three documents and they only provided two. The missing third had to do with a Letter of Credit.
There was no language in the MoE's statement today that indicated Shawnigan Lake will be off-limits to any dumping plans in the future which means that any company could wade in and meet the three requisites in ordered to be allowed to dump there.
For more information, visit www.thesra.ca
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