Elizabeth May: Question on Shawnigan Lake Quarry

On Wednesday, November 16th, 2016 in Question Period

Elizabeth May: Mr. Speaker, I am following up on a question asked yesterday of the Minister of National Defence by my colleague from Cowichan—Malahat—Langford. It is about the Shawnigan Lake quarry, which has been shown to violate its permits. It was approved for contaminated-soil disposal, but downstream, where 12,000 residents of Vancouver Island depend on it for drinking water, there are carcinogens: toluene, chromium, and aluminum. The source, unfortunately, is that DND is using this facility for the disposal of contaminated soil from CFB Esquimalt. Will the minister immediately end shipments of contaminated soil to this quarry?


Jonathan Wilkinson: Mr. Speaker, provincial and territorial governments are responsible for approval, licensing, and monitoring of waste-management operations in this country. The Province of British Columbia issued a permit relating to the establishment of a soil remediation facility in Shawnigan Lake. Environment and Climate Change Canada officials have conducted a review and are monitoring the situation. However, at this time, no potential Fisheries Act violations have been identified. Potential pollution issues and prevention issues related to the issuance of the permit should be directed to the environmental protection branch of B.C.’s Ministry of Environment.

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  • Grant

    Taking zero responsibility as per usual. He is fully aware of what is going on in Shawnigan with the soil and is doing nothing about it. Just like the #DAPL situation, protecting the interests of everyone but citizens.

  • Bette Noir

    Once again, the interests of business have trumped (pun intended) environmental concerns and the needs and rights of ordinary people. We knew that this would happen. We begged for help from the government. Nope. Now it starts. And without the help of government- at whatever level- it won’t stop until this beautiful area, this lake, these lands, the water that the residents rely on are polluted and destroyed. Shame on you, Christy Clark.

  • Mike

    If it was spelt Shawinigan Lake there would not be any soil dump.

  • Sylvia Gray

    The DND can explain that BS to the Three thousand and forty four Coho salmon spawning in the Shawnigan system this year! An almost Forty year conservation program also at risk, yet no R and R was conducted prior to the permit being granted!? NOTHING about this situation is in anyway indicative of governments that care! SHAME ON ALL OF THEM!!

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