Are you thankful for Gibsons world-class drinking water? So are we! And we want the next generation to be able to be thankful for this amazing source too. But Gibsons Aquifer is under threat and we need your help to protect it. Please join Gibsons Alliance of Business and Community Society (GABC) for a
THANKSGIVING RALLY AND FUNDRAISER TO PROTECT GIBSONS AQUIFER AND OUR ENVIRONMENT!
Where: DOUGALL PARK
When: SATURDAY OCTOBER 7th, 2017 11am–6pm
What: Live Music and Speakers on the stage
- information and donations in Kinsmen Hall
Planned excavations for contaminated site clean-up and construction of the George project pose the real risk of perforating Gibsons aquitard, “blowing-out” our drinking water supply and spreading highly toxic contamination.
Consultants working for the Town and the George developer have identified a maximum excavation depth for the project from .05 - 1.5m, to protect the aquifer. Yet, over the summer at a last minute special meeting, Gibsons council approved a remediation plan that includes excavating below 2m and sets no limit on maximum excavation depths. The Town is aware of the risks, yet development and building permits were approved and issued in August, with no requirement of a security bond and only an emergency contingency plan, in the event something goes wrong.
THIS LEVEL OF RISK TO OUR AQUIFER IS NOT OK.
GABC has championed the issue of protecting against RISKS posed by the George since 2013. We have actively worked with technical and legal experts to determine what the real risks/issues are; engaged and informed stakeholders and government agencies; devised and implemented a strategy to protect against remiss actions by the developer and the Town. We are currently engaged in legal action on this issue with the Environmental Appeals Board of British Columbia and the BC Supreme Court. We recently learned the George developer does not intend to wait for the legal and technical issues to be resolved but plans to press ahead with potentially dangerous works on the site. This may put GABC in a position of having to apply to the court for an injunction to stop work on the site, which could get expensive. All funds raised at this event will be used for legal and professional experts to help us protect the aquifer and the environment. Volunteers will be on hand in Kinsmen Hall to accept financial donations to help with legal costs.
We have so much to be thankful for in Gibsons on this Thanksgiving weekend. We have some of the best drinking water in the world, untreated, straight from the tap… and we want to keep it that way!
We are also super excited and grateful to have an awesome lineup of volunteer performers playing music for us throughout the day of the rally including:
Grant Olsen, Bonar Harris, Ken Dunn, Greg Willy, Steven Jack, Simon Paradis, Matt Watson, Pamela Messner, Susan Ssun, Jenica Vaneli, The Midds, Jeevious family and Susann Richter!
Guest speakers will also talk between sets about the history of aquifer protection in Gibsons, risks posed by the George project, lack of diligence on behalf of the Town and what we can all do to help protect our precious natural assets.
We look forward to seeing you down at Dougall Park on Saturday October 7 from 11-6 pm.