An environmental group is celebrating a court win over a mining company lawsuit.
The Wilderness Committee with slapped with the suit by Taseko Mines in 2012 over what the company alleged were defamatory statements made about its New Prosperity mine proposal west of Williams Lake.
The committee’s National Policy Director Gwen Barley says the BC Supreme Court judge dismissed the claim, ruling that most of the criticisms were not even defamatory and that all were fair comment.
Barlee says it’s time for the BC government to pass a law protecting people from strategic lawsuits against public participation known as SLAPP suits.
The federal government rejected the New Prosperity mine in 2014 saying the project was likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects.