The Cariboo Chilcotin Conservation Society (CCCS) would like to give its environmental perspective on Taseko Mines’ New Prosperity mine proposal. The 10 major concerns are broken down into five parts in order to meet Tribune guidelines for letter length. The following points are brought forward by CCCS director Bill Lloyd, and cover some of our concerns.
(9.) Potential Pollutants Specific to this Orebody
Taseko’s Environmental Impact Statement has not adequately addressed potential acid rock drainage specific to the orebody mineralization.
Antimony, arsenic, mercury and selenium are of specific concern. Selenium in concentrations less than those found in this orebody have caused major problems elsewhere in the province.
(10.) Lack of Commitment to the Process
The Canadian Environmental Assessment Authority review process was designed to protect the environment and the taxpayer. Regulations specify that technical reports must be conducted by an independent body, but Taseko’s latest technical reports are authored by one of the company’s own vice-presidents.
The preceding are just a very few of the issues that need to be addressed extensively.
These significant environmental issues must be assessed on facts and proper science, not politics.
[References: E. I. S. figures, 2.2.4-5, 18.104.22.168.1, 22.214.171.124.-4, 2.8.2-5, R.g. McCandless E.I.S. submission11/8 /12]