by Greg Klein | November 18, 2013
Taseko Mines TSX:TKO says the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency doesn’t intend to post online the company’s criticisms of a panel review. So on November 18 Taseko published the correspondence on its own website.
The eight-page letter details why the company believes the environmental panel screwed up by studying a tailings storage model that differs substantially from that proposed for Taseko’s New Prosperity copper-gold project in British Columbia. The panel’s criticism of tailings storage was central to its negative findings. While a decision rests with the federal environmental minister, Taseko maintains that the info provided to her was seriously inaccurate.
In his November 18 statement company president/CEO Russell Hallbauer complained that “publicly requesting information and then choosing not to release the results of the request in a similar manner creates an inaccurate portrayal of Taseko and an impression in the minds of the public that our critique of the panel’s findings [is] somehow flawed.”
Also on November 18, Sun News reported that some Conservative MPs are concerned about the proposal. One source told the news agency it’s a “hot issue” in government caucus.