Ottawa rejects Prosperity Mine at Fish Lake

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Ottawa: The proposal for the New Prosperity gold and copper mine project near Williams Lake has been rejected once again by the federal Ministry of Environment. Minister of Environment, Leona Agluqqak, has concluded the controversial project is likely to cause irreversible environmental damage. A release on Wednesday from the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency stated, “the New Prosperity Mine project is likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects that cannot be mitigated.”An independent review panel found environmental damage to the Fish Lake water supply would be irreparable. This is second time that Taseko has put forward for the open pit mine in southwest of Williams Lake, B.C. The B.C. Liberal government strongly supports this project.  Minister of Energy and Mines Bill Bennett has made two trips to Ottawa to lobby for the project.