Thank you for writing in with your concerns about Prosperity Mine

Received via e-mail – April 1, 2011

Dear Francy Elkins

Thank you very much for taking the time to write sharing your concern about Taseko Mines Ltd resubmitting their proposal for the Prosperity Mine and its potential impacts on Teztan Biny (Fish Lake). The BC NDP set up the Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) in 1993 to be a strong regulatory body looking out for environmental concerns in this province. In 2002 the EAO’s ability to perform its role was severely curtailed and this has led to its failure to recognize the consequences of the Prosperity Mine proposal.  First Nations and environmental issues were not adequately taken into account when assessing the proposal which is why the Federal Environmental Assessment rejected its approval, stating that the project would result in significant adverse environmental effects, among them being the impacts on fish and fish habitat and on traditional First Nations land use.

We recognize that mining is an important part of BC’s economy and will continue to be so into the future.  For mining and other resource extraction activities to be able to benefit the people of the BC to the fullest, there must be robust and trusted processes that ensure these activities are done in a manner that fully considers risk and benefits, and in a way that addresses First Nations and local concerns.  To do otherwise will result in conflicts and delays, investor uncertainty, and foster divisiveness in communities as we have witnessed.  As one step towards overcoming what has been created with a poor approach by the provincial government, we are advocating for a renewed BC EAO that is able to properly assess proposals such as Prosperity Mine and that can independently assess these projects without being trapped in political meddling.

Thank you again for taking the time to write as community input is vital for understanding the issues that are important to British Columbians.



Doug Donaldson

MLA – Stikine

Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources critic

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