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

    OTTAWA, May 8 /CNW Telbec/ - The Secretariat for the federal Panel
reviewing the proposed Prosperity Gold-Copper Mine project will be holding
information sessions on the review process in the project area likely starting
the week of June 8, 2009. Final details on the dates, times and locations of
the sessions will be provided soon.
    The information sessions will give Aboriginal groups, the public,
governments and other interested parties an opportunity to hear further about
the federal review, the Panel's role and mandate, and how Aboriginal groups
and the public 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 seeking written input on the Hearing Procedures
document which details how the eventual federal hearing will unfold. The
Hearing Procedures will be issued shortly.
    The Panel is proposing to hold two different types of hearing sessions
during the public hearing. Community hearing sessions will be held to allow
members of the local communities to express their views to the Panel in an
informal setting. General hearing sessions will be more structured and are
proposed to be held in Williams Lake and 100 Mile House.
    The Panel is currently seeking input on possible locations for community
hearing sessions and any local practices that should be considered in
conducting these hearing sessions.
    The Panel is also currently reviewing the adequacy of the Environmental
Impact Statement (EIS) filed by the proponent. The public has been invited to
submit comments in writing on the adequacy of the EIS prior to the deadline of
May 25, 2009.
    The EIS, along with more information on this project, are available on
the Canadian Environmental Assessment Registry at, registry
number 09-05-44811.
    The proponent, 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.

    The Panel is an independent body, appointed by the federal Minister of 
the Environment to assess the environmental effects of the proposed project.

For further information:

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

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