The Vancouver Sun reports in its Tuesday edition Taseko Mines made a "misleading" statement in a submission last month to the federal government about the potential of an earthquake-related environmental accident at its proposed $1.5-billion gold-copper mine in the B.C. Interior.
The Sun's Peter O'Neil writes Taseko also failed to provide adequate information relating to the project's effect on the local environment and aboriginal rights, according to some of the more than 200 other comments made by the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency in its July 6 letter to the junior mining company.
Taseko is making a renewed bid for approval to tap the riches of one of the world's largest undeveloped gold-copper properties near Williams Lake. Taseko's plans were shot down in a CEAA report late in 2010 that then-federal environment minister Jim Prentice called "scathing."
Among the numerous "information gaps" and questionable statements made in the Taseko's June 6 draft environmental impact statement was the company's assertion that the mine is in a "seismically stable region" of Canada.
"This is a misleading statement," the CEAA said on one of the 45 pages of comments about the company's initial report.