Re: “It’s time to tell governments to back off,” March 24.
The proposal is to transport contaminated soils and residue collected in the Capital Regional District, and dump it at the top of the Shawnigan Lake watershed. Why is this even being considered? Why should toxic residue be driven all the way up the Malahat to Shawnigan just because there’s no room left in the CRD?
I don’t believe assurances that it won’t affect our lake, our children, our water, our soils, our wildlife and ourselves. Would this happen near the Sooke Lake Reservoir, which supplies Victoria with water? Once the contaminants are in our watershed, they can’t be removed. Pandora’s box will be open forever.
On the road close to where they plan to dump these toxins, there is a sign that says, “Welcome to Shawnigan Lake … Protect our Ground Water.” We have the right and the responsibility to protect our environment from those who carelessly impact it. This dump won’t be located in the backyards of those making the decisions; they don’t live here and they don’t care. They might be in power now, but who knows what will happen after the next election. They have nothing to lose; we have everything to lose.
We absolutely have to stop this. There are many examples of such projects going very wrong. There are always workarounds and safer options. Let’s work together to find them.
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