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Photos: Doug Funk (top) and Jonaki Bhattacharyya (above) Fish Lake is sacred to the First Nations people of central B.C.
General · 2nd November 2010
George Heyman
Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his cabinet today rejected Taseko Mines Ltd.'s "Prosperity" mine proposal that would have destroyed Fish Lake in central B.C.!

The decision came following staunch opposition from First Nations, more than a dozen environmental groups, and Canadians from coast to coast. To the almost 2,000 people who wrote letters from the Sierra Club BC website - thank you! Your voice made a difference.

Taseko planned to drain Fish Lake in central B.C. in order to access a gold and copper deposit and make room for a waste rock dump and toxic tailings. The mine would have been on the traditional lands of the Xeni Gwet'in First Nation, a member of the Tsilhqot'in National Government, which was staunchly opposed to the project.

In June, following a B.C. environmental assessment, the provincial government issued a 25-year mining lease to Taseko. Today's decision points to serious flaws in the B.C. environmental assessment process, which failed to consider all the potential impacts identified by the more thorough federal process.

Editors' note: Thanks to Quadra islanders for your support on this one!