PRESS RELEASE: MP ALISTAIR MACGREGOR RELIEVED BC SUPREME COURT STAYS PERMIT FOR SHAWNIGAN LAKE CONTAMINATED SOIL DUMP

SHAWNIGAN LAKE — Alistair MacGregor, Member of Parliament for Cowichan-Malahat-Langford, congratulates the Shawnigan Lake Residents Association on their successful appeal to the BC Supreme Court for a stay to the permit of the contaminated soil landfill in their community. The matter will now be sent back to the BC Government’s Environmental Appeal Board.

"Local residents fear that the contaminated soil landfill at Shawnigan Lake poses an environmental risk to the aquatic life in the waterway as well as the fundamental risk to drinking water for the community," said MP Alistair MacGregor. "The BC Supreme Court was absolutely right to send the matter back to BC’s Environmental Appeal Board, who I urge to revoke the permit granted by the BC Ministry of Environment in 2013 to dump 100,000 tonnes of contaminated soil on the Shawnigan Lake Watershed each year for 50 years."

On March 10, 2016, Alistair MacGregor introduced his first bill in the House of Commons, which would bring federal protection to Shawnigan Lake under the Navigation Protection Act. The Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD) has also taken the matter to the Supreme Court of Canada.

"The stay of permit is a good sign, but until the permit is revoked and Shawnigan Lake becomes fully protected in law, the battle against contamination of the watershed remains. We cannot allow the degradation of marine wildlife, drinking water, and watersheds, and I will continue to support the community in all efforts to protect their water and to preserve it for generations to come," MacGregor stated.

 

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Seamus Wolfe: (c) 250-732-1733 or alistair.macgregor.c1a@parl.gc.ca