By Monca Lamb-Yorski.
Representatives of the Tsilhqot’in National Government will be in B.C. Supreme Court in Victoria on Monday as they have filed an injunction against a recently issued drilling permit to Taseko Mines for its New Prosperity Mine project “We are bringing about 40 elders to Victoria on our chartered Williams Lake Stampeders bus,” said Xeni Gwet’in Chief Roger William from Abbotsford Friday.
he injunction is to protect areas like Nabas and Teztan Biny (Fish Lake), he told the Tribune. Hopeful they will successfully stop the drilling, William said they have been preparing since February to go to court and have filed an affidavit with comments from community members as part of their argument. “We have 30 years of history fighting for our Aboriginal rights and every time we’ve gone to court we’ve been successful,” William said.
However, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency in a letter dated July 28, 2017 informed Taseko Mines Ltd. the proposed drilling activities are subject to prohibitions. “Following a review of the British Columbia’s Revised Impacts Assessment (March 13, 2017) and British Columbia’s Reason for Decision (July 17, 2017) the agency is of the view that the proposed activities may cause an environmental effect pursuant to subsection 5(1) of CEAA 2012,” wrote Kristen Coverly, senior compliance enforcement officer with CEAA in the letter.
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