VANCOUVER, June 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - Taseko Mines Limited (TSX: TKO; NYSE Amex: TGB) ("Taseko" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that the British Columbia Provincial Government has granted Taseko a long-term, renewable, 25-year mining lease for the Prosperity gold-copper project. The mining lease provides the Company with mineral tenure security.
Russell Hallbauer, President and CEO of Taseko commented, "Converting the Prosperity mineral claims to a mining lease is another important milestone in the development of our Prosperity Project and a further endorsement by the British Columbia Government. The mining lease represents a direct interest in land and is the highest attainable form of mineral ownership rights associated with publicly-owned crown land in British Columbia. The mining lease also provides Taseko with the right to use the land for mining purposes."
In January of this year, the British Columbia Government awarded Taseko an Environmental Assessment Certificate for Prosperity. In May, the Company announced a gold stream finance agreement with Franco Nevada which, when combined with the proceeds generated by the sale of 25% of Gibraltar to a Japanese consortium and future Gibraltar cash flow, will give Taseko approximately 80% of the funds required to build Prosperity.
Securing a mining lease is one of the conditions stipulated in the agreement with Franco Nevada. With the issuance of this long-term lease by the Government, an important condition of that agreement has now been met.
The Company has been actively preparing and pursuing other permit applications and requirements, amongst them being the provincial Mines Act Permit.
No regulatory authority has approved or disapproved of the information contained in this news release. CAUTION REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING INFORMATION
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Forward-looking statements are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the Company's actual results, level of activity, performance or achievements to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These included but are not limited to:
- uncertainties and costs related to the Company's exploration and development activities, such as those associated with continuity of mineralization or determining whether mineral resources or reserves exist on a property; - uncertainties related to the accuracy of our estimates of mineral reserves, mineral resources, production rates and timing of production, future production and future cash and total costs of production and milling; - uncertainties related to feasibility studies that provide estimates of expected or anticipated costs, expenditures and economic returns from a mining project; - uncertainties related to our ability to complete the mill upgrade on time estimated and at the scheduled cost; - uncertainties related to the ability to obtain necessary licenses permits for development projects and project delays due to third party opposition; - uncertainties related to unexpected judicial or regulatory proceedings; - changes in, and the effects of, the laws, regulations and government policies affecting our exploration and development activities and mining operations, particularly laws, regulations and policies; - changes in general economic conditions, the financial markets and in the demand and market price for copper, gold and other minerals and commodities, such as diesel fuel, steel, concrete, electricity and other forms of energy, mining equipment, and fluctuations in exchange rates, particularly with respect to the value of the U.S. dollar and Canadian dollar, and the continued availability of capital and financing; - the effects of forward selling instruments to protect against fluctuations in copper prices and exchange rate movements and the risks of counterparty defaults, and mark to market risk; - the risk of inadequate insurance or inability to obtain insurance to cover mining risks; - the risk of loss of key employees; the risk of changes in accounting policies and methods we use to report our financial condition, including uncertainties associated with critical accounting assumptions and estimates; - environmental issues and liabilities associated with mining including processing and stock piling ore; and - labour strikes, work stoppages, or other interruptions to, or difficulties in, the employment of labour in markets in which we operate mines, or environmental hazards, industrial accidents or other events or occurrences, including third party interference that interrupt the production of minerals in our mines.
For further information on Taseko, investors should review the Company's annual Form 40-F filing with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission www.sec.com and home jurisdiction filings that are available at www.sedar.com.
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