Friday, November 11, 2011

First Nations File Against Taseko Mines (CanadianBusiness)

VANCOUVER - The Tsilhqot'in Nation has gone to court to block Taseko Mines Ltd. (TSX:TKO) from doing any preparatory work on its controversial Prosperity mine.
In a petition filed with the B.C. Supreme Court, the First Nations group asks the court to halt any drilling, excavation, timber clearing, road construction and the like while reviewing provincial approvals for the work.
In seeking the court review, the petition says provincial government officials should have consulted with the Tsilhqot'in before the approvals were granted.
Several First Nations in the B.C. Interior oppose the project because the original mine proposal would have seen the destruction of a lake considered culturally significant to them.
On Monday, the federal Environmental Assessment Agency agreed to review a revised proposal for the mine after having rejected the earlier one last year.
The new plan would see Taseko spend an extra $300 million to address the main concerns of the last review, including the preservation of Fish Lake.

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