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David Suzuki Foundation supports halt to B.C. project

VANCOUVER — The David Suzuki Foundation applauds the Government of Canada for its decision to reject a proposal by Taseko Mines Limited to build a gold-and-copper mine at Teztan Biny (Fish Lake), in south-central B.C.

Federal Environment Minister Jim Prentice said today that the project would have resulted in the destruction of Fish Lake and the streams and wetlands that surround it. Minister Prentice also said proposed man-made substitutes would likely not be able to adequately reproduce the habitat that would have been destroyed by the project.

"The Prosperity Gold-Copper Project would have destroyed Fish Lake and all the life in it," said David Suzuki Foundation aquatic biologist John Werring. "Mining companies must find a better way to do business — a way that does not destroy Canada's lakes and rivers."

The B.C. government had already approved the mine project; however, both levels of government needed to support the project in order for it to go forward.

The project was opposed by a number of environmental organizations, including the David Suzuki Foundation, as well as many First Nations.

Mr. Werring also thanked the many Canadians who signed letters opposing the project through the David Suzuki Foundation website. "This is a significant victory for the environment and for all Canadians," he said.

For more information or for further comment:

John Werring, Aquatic Biologist, the David Suzuki Foundation. 604-306-0517

Sutton Eaves, Communications Specialist, the David Suzuki Foundation. 778-829-3265

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November 2, 2010

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