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COMMENT: Taku River Tlingit toss monkey wrench into Tulsequah Chief project

Feb 3, 2014

A lawsuit filed on Dec. 17 by the Taku River Tlingit First Nation could derail plans by Chieftain Metals to develop its Tulsequah Chief base and precious metals project 100 km south of Atlin. The legal challenge seeks to void the environmental permit issued for the mine, naming the BC Minister of Environment, Environmental Assessment Office and Chieftain as co-respondents.

The Tulsequah project includes two former producers, the Tulsequah Chief and Big Bull mines. Readers can imagine that they have been producing acid drainage, and that problem can be solved by measures taken during the development of a new mine. Hence the sooner Chieftain can proceed, the closer a solution will be.

Why the Taku River Tlingit would want to delay the project seems counterproductive to environmental stewardship. But the lawsuit splits hairs over the term “substantially started”.

Read more: http://www.canadianminingjournal.com/news/comment-taku-river-tlingit-toss-monkey-wrench-into-tulsequah-chief-project/1002896040/?&er=NA

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