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Chemainus Wells Project Decision
November 23, 2012The BC Court of Appeal has supported the Municipality of North Cowichans appeal and ruled that the Municipality can operate the Chemainus Wells project effective immediately.
In July 2011, the Supreme Court of BC set aside the BC Environment Assessment Certificate issued for the operation of the Chemainus Wells project. The Court Order required that the wells not be operated pending further consultation by the Province of BC with the Halalt First Nation. This decision was appealed by North Cowichan and the Province in May 2012.
While we are pleased that we are now able to provide Chemainus residents with clean, safe, drinking water, we also realize that our Halalt neighbours will be disappointed with this outcome, stated Mayor Jon Lefebure, We are, however, committed to working with the Halalt on the Chemainus Wells project and other projects within its traditional territory.
Over the next several days, the Municipality will be flushing the wells which have been idle since June 14, 2011. Once flushing is complete, the community of Chemainus will be supplied from the wells and the present Banon Creek supply will be turned off.
The BC Court of Appeal decision can be reviewed at:
BC Court of Appeal Decision