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Tsilhqot’in angry over timing of permits issued for controversial New Prosperity mine

Tsilqhot'in fish lake prosperity mine

Fish Lake, targeted by Taseko’s proposed “New Prosperity” mine.

by Derrick Penner, Vancouver Sun, July 18, 2017

The province, last Friday, issued drilling permits to Taseko Mines Ltd.’s controversial New Prosperity mine proposal while First Nations communities deeply opposed to it were busy dealing with wildfires and just days before a new government was due to take office. Read the rest of this entry

Taseko mine near Fish Lake rejected by federal government

Fish Lake, targeted by Taseko's proposed mine.

Fish Lake, targeted by Taseko’s proposed mine.

APTN National News, Feb 27, 2014

The Harper government has again rejected a proposed open-pit gold and copper mine in British Columbia that threatened to destroy a lake sacred to the Tsilhqot’in nation. Read the rest of this entry

Native leaders fear B.C. environmental assessment process

SHAWN McCARTHY, Globe and Mail, Apr. 26, 2012

Marilyn Baptiste, chief of the Xeni Gwet’in First Nation, has seen up close the difference between federal and provincial environmental assessments.

In 2010, the province approved Taseko Corp.’s Prosperity mine, saying serious damage to nearby Fish Lake could be mitigated and that the social and economic benefits would outweigh the environmental impact.

But the federal government blocked the project after a review panel determined the mine would cause irreparable harm that could not be justified. Read the rest of this entry

Tsilhqot’in determined to fight “new” Prosperity proposal

TSILHQOT’IN TERRITORY, BC, Feb. 29, 2012 /CNW/ – After a series of recent community meetings, the Tsilhqot’in Nation has reinforced its determination to protect Teztan Biny (Fish Lake) and the surrounding area from the threat of Taseko Mines Ltd.’s (TML)

Teztan Biny, also known as Fish Lake, once a proposed tailings pond for the Prosperity Mine

proposed “new” Prosperity Mine.  The Tsilhqot’in communities strongly opposed TML’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. Read the rest of this entry

Update on Taseko’s Proposed ‘New’ Prosperity Mine in Tsilhqot’in Territory

Two corporate news articles on Taseko Mine’s proposed Prosperity Mine in central BC, which has been opposed by the Tsilhqot’in and environmentalists.

Taseko to begin work at New Prosperity after injunction overturned‏

The Canadian Press/Winnipeg Free Press, Feb 27, 2012

Tsilhqot'in protest at Taseko Mine's annual general meeting in Vancouver, June 2010

VANCOUVER – Taseko Mines Ltd. (TSX:TKO) says it will begin exploration work at the New Prosperity site in B.C.’s central interior after a court overturned an injunction brought by the Tsilhqot’in First Nation.
Taseko said Tuesday that the injunction, granted in December, was vacated by court order.
The mining company said it plans to begin preliminary work on Tuesday to obtain information it needs in advance of a federal environmental assessment.
The company has 12 months to complete the necessary work at the site needed for a second federal government environmental process, but has said the band refused to allow workers on the land. Read the rest of this entry