Statement on Ministry of Environment Letters: July 7, 2016
SIRM issues the following statement to letters issued by the Ministry of Environment on June 28, 2016:
“Throughout our operation of the permit, we regularly communicate with the Ministry of Environment and it is aware of any operational issues as they may occur; issues that have been found to pose no significant threat to the environment.
It is important to note that the issues raised were identified through our vigilant testing and transparent reporting procedures.
We are working to resolve the issues within the prescribed timeframe.”
Construction Complete on Soil Management Area Cover: February 28, 2016
Crews have installed a cover over the Soil Management Area of the mine and reclamation site on Lot 23 at 460 Stebbings Road, Shawnigan Lake, BC.
The project meets a requirement in the permit from Ministry of the Environment that the work was to be completed by March 20, 2016.
The Soil Management Area is a section of the mine where soil is characterized and stabilized before it is set in the Encapsulation Area.
“We expect the cover to reduce the amount of rain that contacts the soil by one third” says Todd Mizuik, co-owner of South Island Resource Management Ltd. “All water that comes in contact with material in the in Soil Management Area is treated in our Water Treatment System.”
This project is part of South Island Resource Management’s phased enhancements to the mine that includes a new monitoring well and increased capacity to the Settling Pond.
Decommissioning of Onsite Well. Drilling of New Well: February 22, 2016
South Island Resource Management is installing a new groundwater monitoring well into underlying bedrock on Lot 23 at 460 Stebbings Road, Shawnigan Lake, BC.
Visitors to the mine, on Tuesday February 23, will see crews drilling a new well in the southeast corner of the mine.
The work will be inspected by a hydrogeologist and supervisors from South Island Resource Management.
Drilling is expected to be complete by late afternoon on Wednesday February 24, 2016.
The new well will replace a well that will be decommissioned due to planned blasting.
Work to Exceed Water Management: February 22, 2016
South Island Resource Management is making phased improvements to the water management program on Lot 23 at 460 Stebbings Road.
Crews are working to increase the retention time during one in ten year storm events. Visitors to the site will see crews stacking poly sand bags and securing them with rebar to raise the longitudinal berms in the settling pond.
The work is recommended by Stantec, the independent engineer hired by South Island Resource Management to review current practices.
When complete, the higher berms will reduce and/or eliminate suspended solids leaving the site during heavy rain. The work does not affect the site’s water treatment system or untreated contact water.
Call For Advisory Committee Members: February 11, 2016
South Island Resource Management Ltd. is looking for members of the Shawnigan and Cowichan communities to join its Advisory Committee.
Voting Committee members review the company’s Annual Report and make recommendations to its environmental sampling, monitoring and reporting requirements. The minimum time requirement for members is two meetings during the months of May and June.
“We are thrilled to be moving forward with our commitment to be transparent with our operation of the mine” says Todd Mizuik, co-owner of South Island Resource Management, “This process allows more people to learn about the oversight, testing and safety factors at the mine.”
Anyone interested applying for the Advisory Committee should send their name, contact information and any related qualifications by Monday, February 29, 2016 to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Advisory Committee” in the subject line. For the full terms of reference for the Advisory Committee please visit www.sirm.ca/community
Water Treatment System: January 22, 2016
South Island Resource Management is swapping out carbon in its water treatment system.
During this regular maintenance, contact water is trucked offsite to another water treatment plant.
This procedure is a regular replacement of consumable treatment media and we have chosen to haul water off-site to preserve our holding capacity.
Results of Chemical Dump at Mine: January 18, 2016
Results from a laboratory accredited by the Canadian Association for Laboratory Accreditation for a chemical dumped by vandals at a Shawnigan mine are consistent with marking dye.
The testing was on an unknown substance dumped by vandals on the mine site at 460 Stebbings Road, Shawnigan Lake, BC on January 11, 2016. Testing indicated the undiluted chemical exceeded water quality for standards for copper. There is no readily available laboratory test to definitively identify specific commercial products.
The material dumped on the site by vandals was subject to a full spill response as an unknown contaminant. Crews will dispose of the liquid residues off-site at a permitted treatment system in order to manage potential toxicity of concentrated dye and to eliminate nuisance related to visible dye in surface water and soil.
An individual recently approached South Island Resource Management with information that may or may not be related to the incident. The company instructed the individual to contact the RCMP.
Upgrade to Site: January 18, 2016
Over the next few days crew will be installing a housing over a secondary water treatment plant. The housing is designed to protect the equipment from the elements. The trusses arrive this Wednesday and construction will commence shortly thereafter.
Request to Victoria Council to Suspend Resolution Vote: January 14, 2016
South Island Resource Management is asking the City of Victoria Council to suspend a vote on a proposed resolution asking the Ministry of the Environment to revoke the permit on a contaminated soil reclamation site. “We believe this resolution was put forward without a complete awareness of the available facts” says Todd Mizuik, co-owner of South Island Resource Management Ltd. “It is important for decision makers to thoroughly hear all sides of an issue before acting.”
Vandalism and Suspicious Chemical Dump: January 11, 2016
South Island Resource Management Crews are working to contain and identify a suspicious and unknown chemical discovered this morning on the ground at Lot 23, the mine and reclamation site, of 460 Stebbings Road.
Crews found a large area of snow stained with a substance to the west of the site’s water treatment plant and settling pond.
South Island Resource Management immediately notified the Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Mines and the Shawnigan detachment of the RCMP. Crews are following the mine’s emergency spill response plan and reviewing security video to determine who is responsible.
“Whoever deposited this chemical has a disregard for the environment” says South Island Resource Management Co-owner, Todd Mizuik (“Miz-ook”). “I believe this is a deliberate attempt to interfere with our legitimate and permitted business.”
Crews took samples of the substance to forward to an independent laboratory for evaluation and the results will be publicized when completed.
South Island Resource Management Ltd.: January 6, 2016
Today at 10:51 a.m. unauthorized persons entered South Island Resource Management Ltd. property. We believe these people committed an unlawful act when they trespassed into the mine area. When the individuals entered the active mine, they placed themselves and our employees in danger, forcing us to shut down our operation to protect their safety.
We believe the actions of these unauthorized individuals also violate the terms of the court order “preventing any stopping, blocking or impeding, with or without motor vehicles or otherwise, the use of or access to” the mine. We will take all reasonable lawful action to stop dangerous and harmful behaviour that puts our company, our employees and the welfare of people who rely on our operation at risk.
As the operator of record for the mine and reclamation site (identified as “Lot 23”) at 460 Stebbings Road in Shawnigan, we uphold high standards of environmental safety and stewardship while operating within the law. We are fully compliant with the Ministry of Environment Waste Discharge Permit and with the Ministry of Mines Permit. There is no quantifiable risk from the site to human health in the Shawnigan Lake watershed and we continue to hope that reasonable debate will prevail.
South Island Resource Management Ltd.: December 23, 2015
On the afternoon of Wednesday December 23, 2015, South Island Resource Management Ltd. sought and received written permission from an inspector with the Ministry of Mines to allow trucks onto the site at 460 Stebbings Road past the operation's regular closing time.
We are releasing this statement to correct misstatements.
South Island Resource Management Ltd. operates lawfully with government oversight and would never knowingly violate any government issued permit.
South Island Resource Management Ltd.: December 22, 2015
For months we have been the victim of a campaign of untruths and misstatements; now we are the victim of unlawful protest. We continue to hope reasonable debate will prevail.
As the operator of the mine and reclamation site at 460 Stebbings Road in Shawnigan B.C. we uphold high standards of environmental safety and stewardship while operating within the law.
While we recognise the right for any individual to protest, such protest must be lawful and not impede our legal right to operate.
We will take all reasonable lawful action to stop dangerous and harmful behaviour that puts our company, our employees and the welfare of people who rely on our operation at risk.
Water Management at 460 Stebbings Road: December 21, 2015
In accordance with BC Ministry of Environment requirements, an independent engineer is reviewing water management at the mine and reclamation site at 460 Stebbings Road, Shawnigan BC. Part of the review includes evaluation of a ditch on the west of the site to handle rain flow.
On December 18, 2015 the independent engineer confirmed the design of the ditch appears appropriately sized to meet the conditions of:
1 in 200 year storm event.
1 in 200 year event with snow melt.
1 in 10 year rain event with snow melt.
South Island Resource Management welcomes the independent review and continues to make improvements to the site to enhance environmental safety and stewardship.
Ministry of Environment Compliance Notice: September 22, 2015
SIRM has received Ministry of Environment notice for Inspection No. 22187, dated 2015-09-15, confirming that the site is in compliance with its Ministry of Environment permit (PR-105809). Our next quarterly monitoring report is due October 30th. For more information, call us on site or email: email@example.com
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