Vancouver Metro – Taseko Mines one step ahead, two steps back as Tsilhqot’in file lawsuit. $3-billion gold and copper mine near Williams Lake, B.C. faces court challenge over permits B.C. Liberals issued in their final days in office.
By David P. Ball.
First Nations are in court Monday hoping to once-and-for-all stop a controversial gold and copper mine from proceeding — despite two federal rejections and a new environmental setback from Ottawa.
Members of the Tsilhqot’in Nation want a judge to overturn a B.C. Liberal drilling permit granted to Taseko’s New Prosperity Mine in its final days before handing power to the NDP on July 18. “The tailings pond would be above Fish Lake, and we don’t think they can save the lake,” Chief Roger William, of Xeni Gwet’in First Nation, told Metro.
“It’s a sacred area, where our people used to live before they were forced onto the reserves.