The federal panel reviewing the proposed New Prosperity Gold-Copper Mine Project has invited the public to comment on the additional information filed by Taseko Mines Limited.
Additional information was provided in response to questions the panel sent to the proponent on Nov. 26 and Dec. 10, 2012.
The questions were issued following the panel’s review of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), submitted by Taseko on Sept. 26, 2012, and the panel’s review of the comments received during the public comment period.
A 15-day public comment period is being provided to give Aboriginal groups, the public, governments and other participants an opportunity to submit their views in writing to the panel on the adequacy and technical merit of the additional information submitted by the proponent as measured against the EIS Guidelines.
The opportunity to present more detailed views and information on the project and its environmental effects will be provided at the subsequent public hearing.
After receiving the comments, the panel will determine if the EIS is sufficient to proceed to public hearing based on its own review of the additional information and on its review of the comments received.
If the panel determines the EIS, supplemented by the additional information, is insufficient to proceed to public hearing, it will ask the proponent to provide further information in the necessary areas.
If the panel determines it has sufficient information to proceed to public hearing, a public notice will be issued 30 days before the commencement of the hearing.
The panel must receive all comments by Mar. 16, 2013.
Comments will be considered public and posted on the online registry for this project.
Forward your written comments in either official language by mail or e-mail to:
Livain Michaud, Panel Manager
Federal Review Panel – New Prosperity Project
160 Elgin Street, Ottawa, ON K1A 0H3
Tel.: 613-948-1359 / 1-866-582-1884