In a surprise - the Federal Review Panel has released its' final report on the New Prosperity Project earlier this evening. The report was expected out Friday
The full link to the report can be viewed here
According to the Executive Summary of the Final Report, New Prosperity will have unacceptable impacts to the Tsilhqot'in National Government and its' First Nations members. In addition, the overall impact to Fish Lake is deemed to be 'adverse' and there are no acceptable measures to mitigate the impacts
When word of this report gets to Mayors Sjostrom (Quesnel), Cook (Williams Lake), Campsall (100 Mile House) and CRD Chair Al Richmond, I can only imagine that they will be disappointed while not surprised with the conclusions of the Federal Review Panel. I also can see them trying to arrange meetings with Federal officials/Ministers to lobby them to approve this project before a final decision is made by the Federal Cabinet, expected by March 2014
One court case which is on-going that will have an impact on this project is the Roger William court case of FN Rights/Title which will get underway next week in Ottawa. Cariboo RD Area J Director and Xeni' Gwet'in Chief Roger William, Xeni Gwet'in Elders and others are right now on their way to Ottawa to observe the Supreme Court of Canada court deliberations…
Supporters of Taseko Mines will definitely not be pleased with the Panel's final recommendations while I expect those who support the position of Xeni Gwet'in and other First Nations & environmentalists will be pleased with the Panel's conclusions...