Mining Commissioner issues final order on Cliffs’ bid over KWG rail claims – by Henry Lazenby ( – September 28, 2016)

VANCOUVER ( – The Mining and Lands Commission of Ontario has made a final order, paving the way for an application to the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, which was made by Cliffs Natural Resources in early 2012, for the grant of an easement over the claims of KWG subsidiary Canada Chrome Corporation (CCC), to proceed.

The court ordered the “pending proceedings” notation be removed from the abstracts of the mining claims of CCC, that the time during which they were the subject of pending proceedings be excluded and that a new anniversary date for the filing of prescribed assessment work be established.

The final order also provided that no costs shall be paid by any party to the application. The final order follows the Supreme Court of Canada’s (SCC’s) dismissal of CCC’s application for leave to appeal the decision of Ontario’s Court of Appeal.

KWG pointed out that, should the application proceed, the issue being decided does not deprive CCC of its ability at the next stage to oppose Cliffs’ easement application or to ask for conditions that would protect its legitimate interests in its mining claims.

However, KWG president Frank Smeenk said there was no indication that the easement application would be continued.

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