Proposed Prosperity Gold-Copper Mine project - Public invited to attend information sessions and to provide comments



    OTTAWA, May 26 /CNW Telbec/ - The federal Panel reviewing the proposed
Prosperity Gold-Copper Mine project invites the public to attend information
sessions. In addition, the Panel also invites written comment on the proposed
hearing procedures.
    The Secretariat for the Panel will be holding information sessions on the
review process in the project area starting the week of June 7, 2009, as
follows:

    
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    Date             Location
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    June 7, 2009     Dog Creek Community Centre
                     Dog Creek Reserve, BC
                     7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
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    June 8, 2009     Esketemc Land Settlement Office
                     1027 Esket Drive, Alkali Lake, BC
                     1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

                     100 Mile Lodge Conference Centre
                     Valley Room - 150 Highway 97
                     100 Mile House, BC
                     7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
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    June 9, 2009     Xeni Gwet'in Band Office
                     Nemiah Valley, BC
                     1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
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    June 11, 2009    Youth Center House
                     6625 Taseko Lake Rd
                     Stone Reserve #1, BC
                     10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

                     Toosey Band Office
                     Toosey Reserve, BC
                     2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

                     Pioneer Complex, Room 119
                     351 Hodgson Road
                     Williams Lake, BC
                     7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
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    The information sessions will give Aboriginal groups, the public, the
proponent and other interested parties an opportunity to hear further about
the federal review, the Panel's role and mandate, and how interested parties
can participate in the federal process. The Secretariat for the Panel will be
making presentations and will answer questions relating to the federal review
process. The Panel will not be present at these sessions.
    The Panel will soon be determining whether there is sufficient
information to schedule public hearings. The Panel is therefore seeking
written input from Aboriginal groups, the proponent, the public and other
interested parties on the Hearing Procedures document which details how the
upcoming federal hearing will unfold.
    In addition to general hearing sessions, the Panel will hold community
hearing sessions to allow members of the local communities to express their
views to the Panel in an informal setting. The Panel is also seeking input on
possible locations for community hearing sessions and any local practices that
should be considered in conducting these sessions.
    Written comments on the Hearing Procedures must be submitted by June 19,
2009. All comments on the hearing procedures and locations will be made public
through the online registry. Forward your written comments to the attention of
the panel manager at prosperity.review@ceaa.gc.ca.
    The Hearing Procedures and more information on this project are available
on the Canadian Environmental Assessment Registry at www.ceaa.gc.ca, registry
number 09-05-44811.
    Taseko Mines Limited 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, an approximately 125
km long power transmission line corridor and an access road.




For further information:

For further information: Media may contact: Lucille Jamault, Senior
Communications Advisor, Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, (613)
957-0434


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