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Fresh protests, more questions, after arrests at SIA site

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There was another demonstration Monday morning at South Island Aggregates near Shawnigan Lake.

November 13th saw the first arrests in the long series of demonstrations, after the companies working at SIA’s contaminated soil dump sought injunctions to keep people from blocking the trucks bringing in the soil.

Shawna Green was one of the people who was served an injunction, and she says she did not return and risk arrest.

The fresh protest also follow a move by Island Health to issues an advisory telling people not to draw or use water from the south end of Shawnigan Lake because of a suspected overflow at the SIA site.

Here are the full details of the advisory:

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Island Health is advising residents not to use water taken out of the lake from the south end of Lake Shawnigan, south of Butler Avenue and Verlon Road, due to a suspected overflow of water from the South Island Aggregates site.

 The Ministry of the Environment is investigating, and water tests will be conducted.

No licensed permitted drinking water systems draw water from this area. Private residents are always recommended to properly treat water from surface sources.

As further information becomes available, this advisory may be updated.

Nov 14th clarification: Island Health is advising not to use or draw water from that area of the lake for residential or commercial use including bathing/personal hygiene, drinking, and food preparation. The area to which the advisory applies is the south end (south of Butler Avenue on the west side of the lake and south of Verlon Road on the east side of the lake).

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