Monday, September 9, 2013

In the final days of the federal environmental assessment hearings for the hotly contested “New Prosperity” gold-copper mine project, proponent Taseko Mines attempted to discredit the overwhelming opposition to the project by Tŝilhqot’in and Secwepemc people and by many non-First Nation people from the Cariboo-Chilcotin region. In its final submissions and since then in the media, the company has made claims about organized “misinformation” campaigns against the project.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

This statement was given by Ramsey Hart at the last day of hearings for Taseko Mines'  New Prosperity Gold-Copper Project. It addresses three issues that MiningWatch commented on during the review process: the flaws in proposed mitigation measures, the importance of obtaining consent of affected First Nations, and the questionable need and justifications for the project.

Friday, August 23, 2013

News release: Taseko Mines Ltd.’s claims that it can operate the controversial New Prosperity Gold-Copper Project without significant adverse effects are a fantasy, according to MiningWatch Canada. Ramsey Hart will present the organisation’s findings to the federal review panel at its final public hearing session today in Williams Lake.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

News release: The evidence from independent and government experts against the proposed New Prosperity Mine proves the Tŝilhqot’in Nation is fully justified in its total opposition to the proposed Teztan Biny (Fish Lake) proposal.

Thursday, January 31, 2013

As the BC mining industry’s Roundup 2013 conference winds down national and regional NGOs are emphatically calling for substantial reforms to the rules the industry operates under. While communications from the industry have focussed on the growth in exploration activity and spun the industry’s potential in a positive light, the reality is there is a growing level of frustration and tension around many projects in the province. Changes are urgently needed to resolve these existing and emerging environmental and social conflicts. In order to stimulate a more sober analysis of the situation, MiningWatch Canada, David Suzuki Foundation, Rivers Without Borders and Friends of Clayoquot Sound are releasing a Top 40 list of mining reforms needed in BC.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Yesterday the federal review panel examining the New Prosperity Gold Copper Mine Project issued a notice to the proponent, Taseko Mines, that the company's environmental impact statement (EIS) is deficient in fifty different ways. This determination follows a scathing review of an earlier draft in July and an initial indication at the end of November that the Panel was not satisfied with how Taseko dealt with cumulative effects.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Taseko Mines Ltd. is currently attempting to get federal environmental assessment authorization for its highly controversial New Prosperity Gold-Copper Project. The project is a revamping of a previously rejected proposal. MiningWatch Canada reviewed comments on the company's environmental impact statement from five federal and three provincial agencies. All of the agencies found serious weaknesses and gaps with the EIS though the characterization of these weaknesses varied.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Consistent public criticism of the industry for environmental and social issues at home and abroad have pushed the industry into taking a pro-active response to these concerns. Much of this effort is wrapped up in the language of “corporate social responsibility”. Our experience shows that while such practices may bring some improvements in performance and transparency, they also serve to obfuscate outstanding issues within the sector and detract from processes to develop necessary mandatory regulatory improvements.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

News release posted on behalf of the Alexis Creek First Nation: Today the elected Chief and Council of the Alexis Creek First Nation (Tsi Del Del), one of the six Tŝilhqot’in communities, called on Taseko Mines Ltd. to halt its desperate tactics that are being employed to promote its third attempt to obtain federal approval for its proposed copper and gold mine at Teztan Biny (Fish Lake).

Thursday, September 13, 2012

MiningWatch Canada has released a report on Taseko Mines Ltd. that cautions investors about the significant risks and uncertainties that investments in the mid-tier mining company could be exposed to given the company’s continued expenditures and efforts to advance its controversial New Prosperity Gold-Copper Project.