A future for Prosperity mine and B.C.

The recent opinion column written by Marilyn Baptiste, chief of the Xeni Gwet’in First Nation, ( Squeezed out of mining review, July 19) does not reflect the facts.

First, there were no negotiations involving Taseko over how to conduct an environmental assessment of our Prosperity gold-copper project. Any negotiation that took place over process was a matter between the two governments and the local first nations.

via A future for Prosperity mine and B.C..

Taseko Gold-Copper mine may harm fishes | 26 July 2010 | www.commodityonline.com

Taseko Mines Ltd’s proposed Prosperity Gold-Copper Mine Project would result in adverse environmental effects although the project need not be scrapped, according to a Federal Review Panel report on the mine.

The panel concluded that the Project would result in significant adverse environmental effects in four key areas: (i) fish and fish habitat; (ii) navigation; (iii) current and traditional uses of land and resources by First Nations; and (iv) existing and potential Aboriginal rights and title. However, the Review Panel made no explicit recommendations to the federal cabinet to approve or reject the Project.

via Taseko Gold-Copper mine may harm fishes | 26 July 2010 | www.commodityonline.com.

Campbell River Mirror – National chiefs say no to B.C. mine

A remote lake in the B.C. ranch country has become the focus of a national dispute over government authority to regulate industry on Crown land.

Assembly of First Nations (AFN) leaders from across Canada have backed National Chief Shawn Atleo’s call for the federal cabinet to reject the Prosperity gold and copper mine proposal near Williams Lake after more than a decade of study.

via Campbell River Mirror – National chiefs say no to B.C. mine.