Dozens of protesters blocked downtown Vancouver’s busiest street at noon on December 13 and marched to Taseko headquarters where police officers were stationed in the lobby.
In a press release issued that morning, members of the Tsilhqot’in first nation community stated their intent to organize a “flash mob” to demonstrate their opposition to the New Prosperity copper-gold mine in British Columbia’s Williams Lake region.
The protest comes at a critical time for the New Prosperity mine. B.C. Minister of Energy and Mines Bill Bennett is currently in Ottawa trying to convince federal lawmakers to approve the mine.
Opponents of the project claim the mine would pollute Fish Lake and endanger fish populations. Taseko says the environmental review panel that drew those conclusions was looking at the wrong tailings facility design.
The federal government is currently assessing the $1.5-billion project.
Reprinted by permission of MINING.com