It is sad to note that MLA Sonja Furstenau has once again taken up political expediency rather than objective good science to handle an issue in our region.
The hand-wringing and wailing about the Stebbings Road soil disposal site is completely unwarranted.
A few salient facts are in order:
1. The area being used for soil disposal is an old limestone quarry.
2. The rock of the quarry is impermeable to water, seepage through the walls and bottom of the quarry basin is a non-issue.
3. The soil being disposed of at the quarry is from building foundation digs in the Victoria area. The “contamination”, per se, is bits of building material (timber, concrete, gyproc).
4. Water flow over the rim of the quarry, in the direction of Shawnigan Lake is relatively low; no more than other runoff streams in the Shawnigan Lake basin.
5. It is doubtful that the heavy metal content of runoff from the quarry will be much different from other streams in the area. A simple sampling and testing programme of the quarry runoff and other streams in the area will conclusively resolve any doubts in this regard.
Let’s do away with the strident whinging and base our governance on good science and principled discourse. We are made of better things
Laurie Thomson is a retired geologist living in Maple Bay enjoying life after a busy life inthe mining industry.