Government Rejects Prosperity Gold-Copper Mine; A Victory for Fish Lake

Nature Canada is pleased to learn of the Government of Canada’s decision to reject Taseko Mines Ltd.’s proposed gold-copper Prosperity Mine in British Columbia. The proposed mine would have led to the transformation of Fish Lake into a ‘tailings impoundment area’, i.e., a mining waste dump site, under the Metal Mining Effluent Regulations (MMER) of the Fisheries Act.

We applaud Environment Minister Jim Prentice for considering the adverse environmental impacts of the proposed mine, as concluded by the Federal Review Panel, as well as respecting the importance of Fish Lake to the Tsilhqot’in First Nation.

In an announcement made yesterday, Environment Minister Jim Prentice said “the significant adverse environmental effects of the Prosperity project cannot be justified as it is currently proposed.”

There are now questions on the future of mining investments in BC according to an article in The Vancouver Sun.