Deadline: June 24 to demand a federal environmental review of a proposed LNG terminal on the Fraser River in Delta, B.C. by WesPac Midstream.
On November 26 and December 10, 2012, the Federal Review Panel responsible for assessing the New Prosperity Project issued information requests to Taseko Mines Ltd. requesting additional information on the Project. The Panel received the responses to the information requests on March 13 from Taseko Mines Ltd (TML). Note that this coming Saturday, March 16th is the deadline for comments on the sufficiency of the additional submissions made by TML in response to the Panel's list of information requirements issued in December.
Several recent campaigns are circulating information opposing the bilateral negotiations between the Canadian and Chinese governments for an investment agreement. The Foreign Investment Protection and Promotion Agreement (FIPA) undoubtedly must be opposed given that it is yet another agreement that will allow investor-state arbitration in order to bully communities in to accepting corporate demands. International capital investments in industrial infrastructure, mining, pipeline, and other extractive industries will affect local community control and environmental regulations.
However, with only a few weeks remaining until the agreement is likely to be finalized, a flawed campaign strategy may prevent the public from seeing the full picture.
The Council of Canadians - along with the Pacific Centre for Alternative Journalists, the Simon Fraser University Institute for the Humanities, the SFU Public Interest Research Group, and the University of British Columbia Social Justice Centre - are organizing a conference called ‘Tragedy of the Market: From Crisis to Commons’ at the Bonsor Recreational Complex in Burnaby on January 6-8, 2012.
The Tsilhqot’in National Government will be returning to court on November 28 against Taseko Mines Ltd. in order to defend their territories from further damage by the proposed 'New' Property Mine project. On November 18, the community had requested that their application for an injunction against Taseko and permits issued by the BC Government be heard together with the companies own application for an injunction against members of their communities. The cases will now be heard together this Monday at the BC Law Courts in Vancouver.
Please come and show your support outside the Law Courts as well as inside the hearing. The hearing is expected to last 2-5 days and support inside the court room is requested, as needed, throughout the week.
This past weekend Taseko Mines Ltd. (TML) attempted to begin exploration near Teztan Biny (Fish Lake) on un-ceded Tsilhqot'in Territories. The company was asked to leave the territory and on Monday November 14th the Tsilhqot'in Nation filed for an injunction "to halt its plans for extensive road-building, drilling, excavation of test pits, and timber clearing in support of its unprecedented and controversial resubmitted bid for approval of its soundly rejected Prosperity Mine project."
TML is attempting to begin work on the territories knowing that they will not get approval from the federal government for at least 12 months, and without the consent of the Tsilhqot’in. The company proceeded to apply for their own injunction on November 15th against members of the Tsilhqot'in Nation that will be heard at the BC Law Courts on November 18th.
On October 18, the Tsilhqot’in National Government (TNG) were back in Ottawa nearly a year after a federal government rejected a proposal by Taseko to develop a copper-gold mine on unceded Tsilhqot’in land due to adverse environmental impacts. They came to Ottawa to campaign against a repackaged proposal by Taseko that hadn’t even made it to the federal review panel last time around because it was so flawed.
This time around the company has stated that they won’t drain Teztan Biny (Fish Lake), however the new tailings pond it is planning to build will destroy two other bodies of water that are vital to the survival Teztan Biny. "Fish Lake will still be on life support and die a slower death" says Chief Marilyn of the TNG.
The number of communities willing to stand in the way of industrial development is growing as they examine their options for real change. While indigenous communities have asserted their sovereignty by taking action against industry for generations, non-indigenous communities throughout BC are also seeing the need to stand up to government and industry that continue to promote exploitation of land and communities in the interest of profits.
In mid August the Unistoten Clan of the Wet'suwet'en hosted their second annual camp to build support for grassroots opposition to Enbridge's Northern Gateway Pipeline. This years camp saw the completion of a cabin built directly in the path of the Enbridge's proposed right of way. The Council of Canadians has attended and supported both camps and has committed to continue supporting the grassroots opposition to tar sands infrastructure that is growing around the province.