Taseko should push forward on mine

Letter writer Jim Shepard urges Taseko to push forward on its New Prosperity Mine project.


Re: Response to Russell Hallbauer.

I understand why Mr. Hallbauer and all those who worked so hard in support of the mine application feel so frustrated and disappointed.

Please let me be clear, I did not ever think that you didn’t try hard enough.

On the contrary, I believe the time and effort invested in this project has been immense.

And while the ultimate objective of federal approval has not yet been achieved … a vital beach- head has been achieved and that is where all resources should be assembled in order to press on to success.

Beach-head, what beach-head, you may ask.

Please let me explain.

The strength of your second Taseko application backed by Cariboo public support prompted the Prime Minister to give a most interesting response when questioned about New Prosperity.

The Prime Minister recently attended a mining conference in Toronto. While there, he was questioned about New Prosperity.

He replied by saying that he turned down the application because it didn’t provide adequate protection for Fish Lake. There lies the basis for the third application.

Address it to the Prime Minister and lead with a detailed but clear description of how Fish Lake would be protected by the New Prosperity project.

Mr. Hallbauer, I very much appreciate your response to my article because in it you explain that your plan to save Fish Lake would have come in a later step of the application process.

And that this plan would have proven that Fish Lake would be protected. They never gave you a chance to make your case.

Fine, then start by making your case to the citizens of B.C. who wish to see responsible resource development proceed. Show them how your plan will provide more than adequate protection for Fish Lake.

If you were to do that, I’m sure a province-wide campaign could be launched that would get the attention of the Prime Minister. Then submit your revised application which would highlight your protection plan for Fish Lake.

It can be done. B.C. will back you.

Jim Shepard


Editor’s note: Jim Shepard is the former CEO of Finning and Canfor and was the spokesperson for CC4BC.


Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

RCMP crest. (Black Press Media files)
Highway 97 two-vehicle crash near 150 Mile House claims one life

The collision closed the highway at 150 Mile House

Cariboo-Prince George MP Todd Doherty chairs an opioid crisis working group pushing for policies to stop the flow of illicit drugs in Canada. (Victoria Police Department photo)
‘The opioid crisis impacts all of us’: Cariboo Prince Geroge MP Todd Doherty

Todd Doherty is co-chair of Conservative Party caucus opioid crisis working group

As a former reporter and editor at the Tribune, Diana French carries on sharing her ideas through her weekly column. (Photo submitted)
FRENCH CONNECTION: Skating rink welcomed

This lake one will not last long but is still worth it

Jim Hilton pens a column on forestry each week for the Quesnel Observer.
FOREST INK: New batteries close to industrial level applications

The good news is the hope that this cost should come down each year

Island Health chief medical officer Dr. Richard Stanwick receives a first dose of Pfizer vaccine, Dec. 22, 2020. (B.C. government)
COVID-19 vaccination set to start for B.C. seniors aged 80-plus

Long-term care residents protected by shots already given

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Det. Sgt. Jim Callender. (Hamilton Police Service screenshot)
B.C. man dead, woman seriously injured after shooting in Hamilton, Ont.

The man was in the process of moving to the greater Toronto area, police say

(Black Press file photo)
Child in critical condition, homicide investigators probe incident near Agassiz

The child was transported to hospital but is not expected to survive

Sewage plant in Lower Mainland, operated by Metro Vancouver. (Metro Vancouver screenshot)
‘Poop tracker’ launches as researchers test Lower Mainland sewage water for COVID-19

‘Studying the virus in wastewater allows researchers to look at an entire population…’

Compensation fund opens for B.C. students negatively affected by incorrect exam marks

Marks for 2019 provincial exams were incorrectly tabulated

The humanoid sensing robot has a 3D printed finger cap that measures oxygen levels. (Dr. Woo Soo Kim)
Medical care robots being made with 3D origami in B.C. lab

Would you let a robot take your temperature?

Most Read