When the federal review panel gave the New Prosperity mine proposal a 2nd thumbs-down, it looked like the “dead mine walking” would finally be laid to rest.
Except the project keeps popping up again and again like the villain in a bad horror movie. Take action.
The scathing federal review found that the proposed gold/copper mine at pristine Fish Lake in the heart of Tsilhqot’in traditional territory would cause significant adverse effects on water quality, fish and wetland ecosystems. It also warned of impacts on the South Chilcotin grizzly bear population.
It should have been a slam dunk for the federal minister in charge, Leona Aglukkaq, to reject the mine.
But now the proponent, Taseko Mines Ltd, is putting pressure on the federal government with disingenuous claims of technical mistakes in the review process, and threats of lawsuits – bullying tactics unprecedented in the history of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency. Meanwhile, the company still owes the federal government its share of the cost of the first review, back in 2010.
It’s time to put a stop to this nonsense. The mine proposal was studied twice, at vast public expense, and rejected based on submissions from both federal and provincial government scientists.
Take action now to show support for the Tsilhqot’in, and for this pristine wilderness area. Tell Minister of Environment Leona Aglukkaq and Prime Minister Stephen Harper to save Fish Lake and reject the “New Prosperity” mine. Sincerely,
Bob Peart Executive Director Sierra Club BC