Mining Company's Second Attempt Puts Fish Lake at Risk Again

OTTAWA – Today New Democrat Fisheries Critic Fin Donnelly called on the federal government to put the brakes on Taseko Mines' second open pit mine proposal.

Speaking with assembled First Nations Chiefs at a press conference, Donnelly told journalists the mining company should accept the original decision to reject their bid.

"This new mine proposal still has major environmental problems and no First Nation consent. There is no justification to go through yet another environmental review at tax payers expense,” Donnelly added.

Taseko Mines' original proposal was rejected by the federal government late last year after the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency found that the proposed mine at Fish Lake would cause "adverse environmental effects.”

“Turning a fish filled lake on First Nations sacred land into an industrial scar is not right,” said Donnelly.