OTTAWA, Feb. 26, 2014 /CNW/ - The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of
the Environment and Minister responsible for the Canadian Environmental
Assessment Agency, today issued a decision statement under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 for the proposed New Prosperity Gold Copper Mine project in British
The Minister of the Environment has concluded that the New Prosperity
Mine project is likely to cause significant adverse environmental
effects that cannot be mitigated. The Governor in Council has
determined that those effects are not justified in the circumstances;
therefore, the project may not proceed.
In making its decision, the federal government considered the report of
the independent Review Panel which conducted a rigorous review of the
New Prosperity Mine project, and agreed with its conclusions about the
environmental impacts of the project.
Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq announced today that the New
Prosperity Mine project is not authorized to proceed.
The EA Decision Statement and a Backgrounder, as well as information on
the environmental assessment of the project are available at ceaa.gc.ca
"The Government of Canada will make decisions based on the best
available scientific evidence while balancing economic and
environmental considerations," said Minister Aglukkaq. The Minister
added, "The Government will continue to make responsible resource
development a priority and invites the submission of another proposal
that addresses the Government's concerns."
PROPOSED NEW PROSPERITY GOLD-COPPER MINE PROJECT
Taseko Mines Ltd. proposed the construction and operation of a large
open pit gold-copper mine development, approximately 125 km southwest
of Williams Lake, B.C.
The Review Process - New Prosperity Project (2013)
The Review Panel, Bill Ross (Panel Chair), George Kupfer and Ron Smyth
(Members) was appointed in May 2012 by the Minister of the Environment
to conduct an assessment of the New Prosperity project. In addition to
written submissions, a public hearing permitted the Panel to receive
and question information and views provided by the participants. The
Panel held a public hearing from July 22 to August 23, 2013 in the
project area. Participants who provided submissions or made
presentations to the Panel included the proponent, First Nations,
federal, provincial and local governments, environmental groups,
individuals and organizations. The Panel released its report on
October 31, 2013.
The Review Panel in its report concluded that the New Prosperity Mine is
likely to cause:
significant adverse effects on water quality and fish and fish habitat;
significant adverse effects on the current use of lands and resources
for traditional purposes by certain Aboriginal groups, on their
cultural heritage and on their archeological and historical resources;
significant adverse effects on wetland and riparian (interface between
land and a river or stream) ecosystems; and
significant adverse cumulative effects on the regional grizzly and moose
populations, unless necessary mitigation measures are effectively
The Panel's mandate is governed by the requirements of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act 2012 and the Panel's Terms of Reference.
Environmental assessment documents for the New Prosperity project are
available in the Canadian Environmental Assessment Registry at www.ceaa.gc.ca.
SOURCE: Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
For further information:
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of the Environment
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency