BiV – Taseko loses court battle over New Prosperity mine. Tsilhqot’in First Nation chief says it’s time for Taseko to abandon its open-pit mine proposal near Williams Lake

Vancouver – Taseko Mines (TSX:TKO) has lost tandem judicial review applications to the Federal Court of Canada over the federal government’s rejection of the company’s New Prosperity Mine near Williams Lake. The proposed $1.5 billion open-pit copper-gold mine project was rejected twice by the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency.

Taseko filed two judicial reviews with the Federal Court, one against a decision by the Ministry of Environment and Governor in Council, and the other against a review panel report. On December 5, the court dismissed the applications and ordered Taseko to pay the court costs to the Tsilhqot’in First Nation, which has been at the centre of the controversy, and the Government of Canada.

…That decision awarded outright title to a smaller parcel of land to the Tsilhqot’

in, while recognizing traditional rights to hunt, trap and catch wild horses in a larger territory. Yunesit’in Chief Russell Myers Ross, director of the Tsilhqot’in National Government, welcomed the court’s decisions, and suggested it is time for Taseko to abandon the New Prosperity Mine project. “In my opinion, these efforts by Taseko Mines Ltd. represents a waste of time and public money, and I believe it is necessary for this company to move on from fantasizing about this destructive project,” he said in a press release.

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