Key elements in the conclusions of the July ruling by the federal environmental panel reviewing the Prosperity mine project:
- Taseko Mines' decision that an open-pit mine is the only feasible alternative is "reasonable."
- The project would not have a "significant adverse effect" on surface water quality in the area, soil, old-growth forest, mule deer, moose, emissions of particulate matter, trapping, the forest industry, grassland ecosystems or human health.
- The project would have a "significant adverse effect" on fish and fish habitat in the Teztan Yeqox (Fish Creek) watershed, on the use of meadows within the watershed due to loss of grazing lands, and (along with current and foreseen forestry activities) would have a significant adverse cumulative effect on the South Chilcotin grizzly bear population.
- The project would also have a "significant adverse effect" on established aboriginal fishing and other rights in the area, on the Tsilhqot'in Nation's current use of lands and resources for traditional purposes, on the Tsilhqot'in Nation's cultural heritage resources, and on the aboriginal title that could be granted to the Esketemc (Alkali Lake Band) and the Stswecem'c/Xgat'tem (Canoe Creek Band).