Chapman Creek Drinking Watershed Injunction Hearing (Ruling)

Dear Mr. Nohr, Ms. Loveys, and SCRD Board,

We received a ruling this morning (Friday, April 22, 2016) that the Court has granted the Injunction to AJB/Surespan to have the road blockade removed. The RCMP can enforce the Injunction Monday, April 25th. While ELF is disappointed in the narrow ruling, we will respect the decision and will not participate in further peaceful resistance against possible roadbuilding and logging in the people’s drinking watershed.

To View the Judges Ruling Granting the Injunction Click here: http://www.courts.gov.bc.ca/jdb-txt/sc/16/07/2016BCSC0734cor1.htm

The Judge stated the Courts cannot rule on possible negotiations between SCRD and AJB/Surespan over the lands in question.

Since SCRD has stated their intentions to take control of the private land issue in the Chapman Creek Drinking Watershed then it should have done so during the time of this stand-off.

Further to this, since the SCRD has a stated objective of protecting the Chapman Creek Watershed lands (as outlined in the SCRD-SIB Joint Watershed Agreement- an exhibit presented in the case and referred to in the ruling) then they have until the end of this business day to inform AJB/Surespan of a timeline of their objectives that they should live up to.

In Mark Rogers’ (VP of AJB/Surespan) Affidavit he states that he has been waiting since 2014 and requested several times that the SCRD inform his company of a timeline and plan for the buy-out of their lands, but “to date has not received one.”

Logging could begin next Monday on these watershed lands jeopardizing the various environmental functions that these intact forests provide to the water supply.

We urge you at this late hour, and in your capacity of the executive arm of the SCRD to take immediate action by contacting Mr. Rogers and providing a timeline for the purchase of these watershed lands.

The SCRD have stated numerous times, that they have limited control over what occurs in their drinking watershed, however on the issue of private lands within the watershed there is a route to take control over them, and that is through purchase of them.

10,000 households rely on the Chapman Creek Drinking Watershed as their source of water, they are the taxpayers who can support the purchase of their watershed lands. The value of the AJB/Surespan lands has been talked about at $7 million. Should the SCRD borrow the $7M (on a 10 year term) this would represent approximately a $75.00 annual, temporary tax, (at a 1.5% interest rate) per household.

Why hasn’t the SCRD presented to the public this temporary tax for consideration?

Needless to say, the hour has come for the following:

CONCERNED CITIZENS UP AND DOWN THE COAST URGE THE SCRD TO CONTACT AJB/SURESPAN TODAY OR AS LATE AS MONDAY, APRIL 25TH TO PROVIDE A PURCHASE TIMELINE TO AJB/SURESPAN.

Ross Muirhead
Elphinstone Logging Focus (ELF)

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