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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
News release: (Ottawa) MiningWatch Canada regrets that Taseko Mines Ltd. has initiated a lawsuit against the Western Canada Wilderness Committee for allegedly making defamatory and inaccurate comments on Taseko’s proposed “New Prosperity” project.
News release: (Tŝilhqot’in Territory) The Tŝilhqot’in National Government is shocked that Taseko Mines Ltd. (TML) has launched a defamation suit against an environmental group for questioning the company’s claims that its ‘new’ Prosperity Mine proposal addresses all concerns and will save Teztan Biny (Fish Lake).
News release: (Tŝilhqot’in Territory) After a series of recent community meetings, the Tŝilhqot’in Nation has reinforced its determination to protect Teztan Biny (Fish Lake) and the surrounding area from the threat of Taseko Mines Ltd.’s proposed “new” Prosperity Mine. The Tŝilhqot’in communities strongly opposed Taseko’s 2011 exploration program and obtained an injunction from the BC Supreme Court preventing the company from conducting that work, pending a challenge to the approvals.