Government of Canada Questions Provincial Government PermitsAugust 02, 2017
On July 17, 2017 the Government of British Columbia issued an exploration permit to Taseko Mines for work to be done at the New Prosperity site.
The work is routine in nature consisting of drill holes, monitoring wells and test pits for the purpose of gathering information, geotechnical and hydrological data to inform the provincial Mines Act permitting process.
Surprisingly, on July 28, 2017 the Government of Canada wrote to say that in their view the work authorized by the Government of British Columbia was prohibited. Taseko responded the same day.
The position taken by the Government of Canada has potentially far reaching negative implications for mine development in BC and by extension has damaging consequences for the Government of British Columbia.
Both letters, the one from Canada (CEAA) and Taseko’s response can be found below by clicking on the links: