BRITISH COLUMBIA – On July 20, Taseko Mines
of Vancouver said that the BC Environmental Assessment Office is proceeding with Taseko’s request to amend the environmental assessment certificate for the New Prosperity gold-copper project 125 km southwest of Williams Lake.
Taseko further said it will be filling a notice of work with the Ministry of Energy and Mines. The company can then gather information to advance mine permitting as per the terms of the BC Mines Act.
The New Prosperity project has twice been rejected by the Canadian government. In 2010, First Nations objected primarily to the use of Fish Lake for tailings disposal. Taseko reworked its proposed tailings management plans and renamed the project, but permission to develop the project was again denied in 2014.
Taseko sued the British Columbia because it alleged the provincial review panel used incorrect data to determine the project should be shelved.
Now, Russel Hallbauer, president and CEO of Taseko, has this to say: “Ownership and development of mineral resources are explicit areas of provincial jurisdiction and responsibility, granted under The 1982 Amendments to the Constitution Act 1867. The New Prosperity environmental assessment process has been unduly influenced by the actions of the federal government. The fact that the government of British Columbia is moving forward with the certificate amendment process indicates the importance it places on the development of the New Prosperity mine.”
Complete information about the New Prosperity project is available at www.TasekoMines.com