Contaminated soil appeal continued until July 24-25

The appeal to try to stop contaminated soil from being allowed into a South Island Aggregates site in the Shawnigan Lake watershed has been continued until July.

Hearings into appeals of a permit granted to SIA by the provincial Environment Ministry were supposed to wrap up this month, but due to additional witness testimony and a large volume of documentary and expert evidence, the proceedings need more time, the Shawnigan Resident’s Association reported.

Appeals of the permit have been filed by the Cowichan Valley Regional District, the SRA and John Hayes and Rick Sanders.

Under the permit, SIA may accept five million tones of contaminated soil onto their site, something that has worried and outraged residents and businesses in the Shawnigan Lake area who are concerned about potential for contamination of the watershed and lake from the material.

The community has raised over $200,000 so far for the legal battle, the SRA said, but with the extended timeline the group now expects costs to top $250,000.

The hearings will continue July 24 and 25 with written submissions from the parties involved, then they will have the opportunity to present oral arguments.