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21st March 2016
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Court rules contaminated soil facility in Shawnigan contravenes zoning

Sonia Furstenau, the Shawnigan area representative for the Cowichan Valley Regional District, which launched the court case, called the ruling a victory."

Dozens of people gathered to celebrate at the Shawnigan House Coffee and Chocolate Monday after a ruling in B.C. Supreme Court that a controversial contaminated-soil facility in the area is contravening a regional zoning bylaw.

Sonia Furstenau, the Shawnigan area representative for the Cowichan Valley Regional District, which launched the court case, called the ruling a victory. “It’s such a relief to have a decision go our way,” she said, adding residents have been fighting the soil-treatment facility for four years, but particularly in the past year.

The case was heard last November and December. The property in question is zoned F1, with forestry as the primary use.

The court ruling includes an injunction against using the property for either a contaminated-soil site or a landfill.

A statement from South Island Resource Management, which operates the site, said it is complying with the court decision.

“We understand the owner, Cobble Hill Holdings, is considering an appeal of the decision,” the statement said. “It is important to understand this decision deals with only one aspect of our operation.

“We continue to operate the mine and manage material already on site.”

South Island Resource Management said it will have more to say in the future.

“Our legal counsel is reviewing the implications of today’s decision and once we have a full understanding of the impact to our operation, we will release a further statement.”

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