Mine Acquisition Challenged

Nak'azdli seek judicial review

12/20/2010

A Northwest First Nation has filed a legal challenge to the acquisition of the company that's been developing the Mount Milligan mine project north of Fort St. James.

 Thompson Creek Metals says it received a copy of the Nak'adzli First Nation's application for a judicial review last week.

Thompson Creek completed a deal to buy Terrane Metals in October.

The Nak'azdli argue the federal Minister of Industry didn't adequately consult the them before he approved the deal.

Last month, members of the Naz'azdli band blocked an access road to Mount Milligan for several days, before the company obtained an injunction.

The neighbouring MacLeod Lake Indian Band supports the mine project and has signed a revenue-sharing agreement with the company.