03/22/2016 11:32 EDT | Updated 03/23/2017 01:12 EDT

Court orders halt to dumping of contaminated soil near Shawnigan Lake

SHAWNIGAN LAKE, B.C. — Residents around Shawnigan Lake on southern Vancouver Island are celebrating a court victory shutting down a quarry that has been accepting contaminated soil.

Regional Board Chair Jon Lefebure says the B.C. Supreme Court injunction, issued Monday, upholds a Cowichan Valley Regional District zoning bylaw barring the stockpiling of contaminated soil at the landfill.

The court found the dumping of tainted soil is not an allowable use of the property, located about 32 kilometres north of Victoria.

One of the companies named in the order, South Island Resource Management, says it will immediately comply.

B.C. Green party Leader Andrew Weaver says property owner, Cobble Hill Holdings, may be mulling an appeal, but Weaver predicts both the owner and operator of the site will need direction from the B.C. government.

Weaver says it's "mind boggling" the province granted a dumping permit at the site, which has been the focus of heated demonstrations by area residents worried about water quality in nearby Shawnigan Lake. (CFAX)


The Canadian Press