Read this press release on Mining Watch regarding the Assembly of First Nations’ unanimous support for the Tsilquot’in people in opposing a second attempt by Taseko Mines to build a highly controversial gold and copper mine on their traditional territory west of Williams Lake. (July 14, 2011)
The Sun’s editorial of Nov. 5 slamming the federal decision to reject the Prosperity mine reveals a lack of understanding of the relevant facts. The editorial states: “The government of the day could have saved everyone involved on both sides of the project much time, money and angst by saying no” 17 years ago when Prosperity was first proposed.
Well, the government of the day said exactly that. In fact, three successive federal fisheries ministers from 1995 onward notified both the province and the company, Taseko Mines Ltd., that a project involving the loss of Fish Lake (called Teztan Biny by the Tsilhqot’in First Nation) was not open for discussion. Taseko knew as early as 1995 that destroying the lake was out, but continued to push its original proposal without developing a real alternative that might have saved the lake.
Read more of Tony Pearse op-ed in Vancouver Sun here
The federal government has killed a plan for an open-pit mine in Fish Lake, B.C. “The project as it was proposed would result in the destruction of
Fish Lake and the destruction as well of a complex and highly productive
ecosystem that included … dozens of connecting streams, wetlands and
aquatic life,” Environment Minister Jim Prentice said Tuesday. Read Toronto Sun article