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Taseko Mines publicizes critique of federal environmental review

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.

Now the company’s nose is out of joint again because the CEAA asked Taseko for more details publicly by posting the request online. The CEAA did not, however, post Taseko’s reply.

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.

Read more here, here and here.

Read more about Taseko’s proposal, community responses and the environmental review process.

Read about Ottawa’s redefinition of environmental issues.

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