The Federal Court has ruled that Taseko Mines can’t sue the federal government for rejecting the company’s open pit mine proposal in the Chilcotin, but says two judicial reviews can proceed.
Taseko’s Prosperity and revamped New Prosperity proposal were rejected by the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, but the company argues that the decisions were unfair and based on flawed assumptions.
The company went to court in an attempt to convert judicial reviews of the decisions into a lawsuit against the federal government.
The Federal Court ruling sits well with Chief Joe Alphonse of the Tsilhqot’in National Government which has long opposed both of the Taseko proposals.
Taseko estimates that it has spent $130 million developing the mine.