The leader of the Green Party wants a landfill used for dumping contaminated soil to be shut down to determine if the company responsible is in compliance.
Residents opposed to the landfill in Shawnigan Lake insist there have been air pollution and water breaches in the same area where the region’s drinking water comes from.
Green MLA Andrew Weaver did an aerial tour today and agrees with them.
“We have an independent group, the Shawnigan residents association, that have other reports that are in stark contrast to the reports that were submitted by the proponent. The fly over evidence and other evidence suggests there is a problem with water containment. The ministry should be stepping in now and doing what it is supposed to be do, which is look out for the interests of British Columbians.”
Weaver says the Shawnigan Lake resident’s association has evidence showing there has been a water breach and air pollution.
Weaver says that would be a violation of the permit issued by the Ministry of Environment.
“We have so many questions with conflicting reports that it would be prudent to actually halt things until such time as people get as a chance to get to the bottom of this.”
Weaver says the ministry needs to get out there and investigate issues that have the entire region opposed to the project.