Fish Lake Revisited
The Wilderness Committee released a statement yesterday expressing deep disappointment in the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency’s announcement that it will agree to Taseko Mines Ltd.’s request for a new environmental review of its proposed “New Prosperity” gold and copper mine. The mine is to impact Fish Lake, west of Williams Lake in the heart of Tsilhqot’in Nation territory.
“This decision will do nothing but waste time and tax dollars. In the long run this will further tarnish the reputation of the Canadian mining industry as a group that doesn’t give a hoot about protecting the environment or about human rights, whether it be here or abroad,” said Joe Foy, Wilderness Committee National Campaign Director.
“The New Prosperity Mine proposal is even more environmentally risky that the old proposal that was rejected last year. The request for a new environmental review should have been denied, especially in the face of the Tsilhqot’in Nation’s clear opposition to the project and the certainty that if this mine proceeds, Fish Lake and surrounding waters will be polluted and despoiled beyond recognition,” said Foy. “This decision will cast a very dark pall over the entire mining industry that will take years to clear – if it ever clears,” predicted Foy.
The Wilderness Committee has pledged to support the Tsilhqot’in Nation in the defence of their lands and waters from despoilment by Taseko Mines Ltd.