OTTAWA, Oct. 31, 2013 /CNW/ - The Federal Review Panel reviewing the
proposed New Prosperity Gold-Copper Mine Project today announced that
it is submitting its environmental assessment report to the federal
Minister of the Environment. The report includes the conclusions,
rationale and recommendations of the Panel.
The report follows a public hearing held by the Panel from July 22 to
August 23, 2013. The public hearing began with General hearing sessions
in Williams Lake followed by Topic-Specific sessions. The Panel also
held Community hearing sessions in the communities of Xeni Gwet'in
(Nemiah), Tsi Del Del (Redstone), Yunesit'in (Stone), Tl'esqox
(Toosey), Tl'etinqox (Anaham), ?Esdilagh (Alexandria), Stswecem'c
Xgat'tem (Dog Creek) and Esk'etemc (Alkali Lake).
During the public hearing, the Panel received submissions and heard
presentations from interested parties including the proponent, First
Nations, federal and provincial government agencies, local government,
environmental groups, individuals and organizations, on the potential
effects of the project on the environment.
The Panel report and the executive summary are available on the Canadian
Environmental Assessment Registry at www.ceaa-acee.gc.ca , registry number 63928.
The proponent, Taseko Mines Ltd., is proposing to develop an open pit
gold-copper mine located 125 km southwest of Williams Lake, B.C. The
proposed project also includes tailings and waste rock areas, an onsite
mill, a 125-km power transmission line, an access road and a load-out
The Panel is an independent body, appointed by the federal Minister of
the Environment to assess the environmental effects of the proposed
project. The Panel was appointed in May 2012 and its Terms of Reference
detail how the review was to be conducted and the specified time
SOURCE: New Prosperity Gold-Copper Mine Project - Federal Review Panel
For further information:
Lucille Jamault Federal Review Panel
New Prosperity Project
Tel.: 613-957-0434 / 613-552-5253