The proposed New Prosperity Gold-Copper Project near Fish Lake has been rejected once again by the federal environment ministry, as it was rejected because of environmental concerns in 2010.
Environment minister Leona Aglukkaq issued her decision under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act on Feb. 26.
The environment ministry press release stated: “The Minister of the Environment has concluded that the New Prosperity Mine project is likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects that cannot be mitigated. The Governor in Council has determined that those effects are not justified in the circumstances; therefore, the project may not proceed.”
The federal review panel found environmental damage to the Fish Lake water supply would be irreparable for the proposed open pit mine, about 125 kilometres southwest of Williams Lake.
Taseko Mines Ltd. stated it is taking the rejection to the federal courts.
For more details and reactions, read the March 5 edition of the 100 Mile House Free Press.