Taseko's President & CEO Receives 'Entrepreneur Of The Year' Award

October 9, 2009

October 9, 2009, Vancouver, BC - Taseko Mines Limited (“Taseko” or the “Company”) (TSX: TKO; NYSE Amex: TGB) is pleased to announce that Russell Hallbauer, President and CEO of Taseko, was named Pacific Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2009 in the Mining and Metals category.

Russell, a mining engineer with 30 years of mining experience in British Columbia, joined Taseko as President and CEO in 2005. It was his vision that is credited for the modernization and expansion of the nearly 40-year old Gibraltar Mine. In a few short years, Russell has advanced his plans to create a prominent mid-tier Canadian mining company through the continued expansion of Gibraltar and construction of the Prosperity gold-copper project.

Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year is considered one of the world’s most prestigious business awards for entrepreneurs. The award makes a difference through the unique way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. It celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses.

Ron Thiessen, Chairman of Taseko commented, “For Russell to be the recipient of this reward is a testament to his accomplishments at Taseko in just four years. His intensity and determination has allowed Taseko to weather one of the worst economic downturns in history and emerge as a stronger, more efficient company. On behalf of the Board of Directors, I would like to congratulate Russell for winning this award.”

For further information on Taseko, please see the Company’s website www.tasekomines.com or contact:

Brian Bergot, Investor Relations - 778-373-4545, toll free 1-800-667-2114

Ronald Thiessen
Chairman

No regulatory authority has approved or disapproved of the information contained in this news release.

CAUTION REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING INFORMATION

This document contains “forward-looking statements” that were based on Taseko’s expectations, estimates and projections as of the dates as of which those statements were made. Generally, these forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as “outlook”, “anticipate”, “project”, “target”, “believe”, “estimate”, “expect”, “intend”, “should” and similar expressions.

Forward-looking statements are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the Company’s actual results, level of activity, performance or achievements to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These included but are not limited to:

  • uncertainties and costs related to the Company’s exploration and development activities, such as those associated with continuity of mineralization or determining whether mineral resources or reserves exist on a property;
  • uncertainties related to the accuracy of our estimates of mineral reserves, mineral resources, production rates and timing of production, future production and future cash and total costs of production and milling;
  • uncertainties related to feasibility studies that provide estimates of expected or anticipated costs, expenditures and economic returns from a mining project;
  • uncertainties related to our ability to complete the mill upgrade on time estimated and at the scheduled cost;
  • uncertainties related to the ability to obtain necessary licenses permits for development projects and project delays due to third party opposition;
  • uncertainties related to unexpected or ongoing judicial or regulatory proceedings;
  • changes in, and the effects of, the laws, regulations and government policies affecting our exploration and development activities and mining operations, particularly laws, regulations and policies;
  • changes in general economic conditions, the financial markets and in the demand and market price for copper, gold and other minerals and commodities, such as diesel fuel, steel, concrete, electricity and other forms of energy, mining equipment, and fluctuations in exchange rates, particularly with respect to the value of the U.S. dollar and Canadian dollar, and the continued availability of capital and financing;
  • the effects of forward selling instruments to protect against fluctuations in copper prices and exchange rate movements and the risks of counterparty defaults, and mark to market risk;
  • the risk of inadequate insurance or inability to obtain insurance to cover mining risks;
  • the risk of loss of key employees; the risk of changes in accounting policies and methods we use to report our financial condition, including uncertainties associated with critical accounting assumptions and estimates;
  • environmental issues and liabilities associated with mining including processing and stock piling ore; and
  • labour strikes, work stoppages, or other interruptions to, or difficulties in, the employment of labour in markets in which we operate mines, or environmental hazards, industrial accidents or other events or occurrences, including third party interference that interrupt the production of minerals in our mines.

For further information on Taseko, investors should review the Company’s annual Form 40-F filing with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission www.sec.gov and home jurisdiction filings that are available at www.sedar.com.

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