LandKeepers News Archive
November 20 2008 | | Friends of Nemiah Valley
Since the Joint Panel Review involving First Nations, federal and provincial governments was abandoned in June 2008, the proposed Prosperity Mine at Fish Lake is now being reviewed under the B.C. Environmental Assessment Act and the Canadian Environmental Act.
In July, the Tsilhqot’in National Government (TNG) issued a news release expressing its “absolute disappointment in British Columbia and Canada’s decision to proceed with a BC-led Environmental Assessment (EA) process” for Taseko Mines’ Prosperity Mine Project. The TNG said plans by the company “to destroy Fish Lake are unacceptable.” “This is nothing more than a rubber stamp to industry,” Chief Ervin Charleyboy, Tribal Chairman, said. Xeni Gwetin Chief Marilyn Baptiste indicated in the release that her community “has exhausted every opportunity to work with BC, Canada [and] Taseko Mines Ltd,” and that “the Tsilhqot’in are committed to do whatever is necessary to protect the Nation’s best interest.”
Currently, a 30-day public comment period is being initiated on the draft federal/provincial Environmental Impact Assessment Guidelines for the proposed Prosperity Mine. After taking comments received during the public comment into consideration, the Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) will finalize the Guidelines and issue them to the Proponent. A copy of the draft Guidelines is available on the EAO website.
Let government know what YOU want – a healthy lake full of fish for the local community now and into the future or a toxic dump site now and into the future. Comments can be emailed to . The deadline for comments on the draft guidelines is midnight December 3, 2008.
All comments received by the EAO during the public comment period on the draft Guidelines are considered public and will be posted to the EAO website in their original form.
For more information and photos: http://fonv.ca/newsletters/08_nov.html
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