29th September 2014

‘Nothing done’ on Ring of Fire: Horwath – by Carol Mulligan (Sudbury Star – September 29, 2014)

The Sudbury Star is the City of Greater Sudbury’s daily newspaper.

The Ontario Liberals may have won a majority in the June 12 election, but they don’t have a monopoly, says Andrea Horwath.

Ontario Liberals have failed Northern Ontarians time and time again — especially in their slowness to develop the Ring of Fire — and the Ontario New Democrats can capitalize on that, said the NDP leader.

Horwath spoke Sunday morning at NDP Northern Council 2014, a gathering of 60 or more MPPs, NDP candidates and party faithful.

New Democrats, herself included, made mistakes in the last election, but have four years to make up for them, especially if they focus on the values for which the party stands.

Ontario saw the “sad result” of Liberal inaction recently when Cliffs Natural Resources indicated it was looking to sell its assets in the Ring of Fire, Horwath told delegates.

“Instead of pulling out all the stops to build infrastructure, instead of getting revenue sharing agreements on track, instead of working with northerners, First Nations and industry partners to develop resources in the Ring of Fire, Premier Wynne’s government has taken a wait-and-see approach.” Read the rest of this entry »

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26th September 2014

Canada: Mining Claim Staking In Remote Areas – Ontario Mining Recorder Order Confirms Use Of Helicopters – by Richard Butler (Mondaq.com – September 25 2014)

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Willms & Shier Environmental Lawyers LLP

On June 24, 2014, the Ontario Provincial Mining Recorder released reasons for his decision in Noront Resources Ltd. (Disputant) v Canada Chrome Corporation and KWG Resources Inc. (Respondents). In his reasons, the Mining Recorder dismissed Noront’s dispute against KWG’s mining claims, which KWG staked using helicopters. The Mining Recorder’s decision is one in a line of cases recognizing the challenges of mining claim staking in remote areas, such as the Ring of Fire region of northern Ontario. The decision also provides a pragmatic and modern interpretation of the Mining Act and its claim staking regulations. Willms & Shier Environmental Lawyers LLP acted for the Respondent and successful party KWG.

Background

Noront Resources is a junior mining company developing the Eagles Nest Mine and Black Bird chromite project, both located in the Ring of Fire. KWG Resources is an exploration stage company participating in the discovery, delineation and development of chromite projects in the Ring of Fire, including the Black Horse and Big Daddy deposits.

The Ring of Fire is a region of significant mineral concentration in central and northern Ontario. It is located approximately 540km northeast of Thunder Bay, encircling McFaulds Lake in the James Bay lowlands area. Read the rest of this entry »

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26th September 2014

NEWS RELEASE: Noront Resources Provides Update on Eagle’s Nest Mine

TORONTO, ONTARIO–(Marketwired – Sept. 26, 2014) – Noront Resources Ltd. (“Noront”) (TSX VENTURE:NOT) is pleased to provide an update on its work plans for the winter 2014-15 season.

Noront has agreed to support Marten Falls First Nation (MFFN) as the proponent of a winter road to access its Eagle’s Nest Mine in the Ring of Fire. MFFN has submitted a permit application to build a winter road from Marten Falls to Noront’s Esker camp where the Eagle’s Nest Mine will be located. This road will be used to transport bulk materials including fuel and heavy equipment, to be used for work on the existing airstrip and to help ensure that Noront is in position to initiate mining activities once the necessary approvals are in place.

Work on the airstrip is planned for fall/winter 2014 and will be completed under an approved land use plan with Noront’s development partner Marten Falls Logistics (a 100%-owned entity of Marten Falls First Nation). As part of this project, the landing area will be cleared to its final dimensions for use as a winter air strip during the 2014/15 season rather than the previously used ice air strip constructed on Koper Lake. The airstrip will be upgraded for all-season use when waste rock aggregate is available from construction of the underground mine at Eagle’s Nest.

Feasibility Study Update

Noront is currently preparing an update to its 2012 Feasibility Study which is expected to be complete by the end of October. It is being prepared by Micon International based on detailed construction cost estimates provided by the companies contributing to Noront’s Eagle’s Nest project, a group of world class organizations that includes: Read the rest of this entry »

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26th September 2014

Wynne not worried about Cliffs pulling out of Ring – by Carol Mulligan (Sudbury Star – September 26, 2014)

The Sudbury Star is the City of Greater Sudbury’s daily newspaper.

Premier Kathleen Wynne isn’t wasting time worrying about Cleveland-based Cliffs Natural Resources looking to possibly sell key assets in the Ring of Fire. Cliffs will make its own business decisions and the Government of Ontario doesn’t have any control over that, said Wynne.

“There are many companies that are interested in the development of the Ring of Fire and we are going to be working with all of those companies that are interested,” Wynne told reporters after a cabinet meeting Thursday at the Willet Green Miller Centre at Laurentian University.

At one time, Cliff had plans to open a chromite mine in the Ring of Fire, and ship the ore to a plant in Capreol for processing. That would have created as many as 600 jobs in the Sudbury area.

The premier and most members of her inner circle met at the session, at which ministers received mandate letters outlining the priorities for their ministries.

High on the priority list for Northern Development and Mines Minister Michael Gravelle was developing the Ring of Fire, rich chromite deposits located 500 kilometres northeast of Thunder Bay. Read the rest of this entry »

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26th September 2014

Northern Ontario mining projects need province’s support, analyst says (CBC News Sudbury – September 25, 2014)

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/sudbury

A mining industry watcher says the provincial government should do more to help with First Nation consultation, and putting a cap on energy rates. Stan Sudol said recent changes to Ontario’s Mining Act have made negotiations between the industry and First Nation communities more complicated.

The Toronto-based communications consultant and mining policy analyst said that’s hurting the industry, because it’s delaying exploration projects, and increasing the cost. The onus is on the government to improve the negotiation process, Sudol added.

“The government needs to meet with the tribal councils across northern Ontario, along with junior mining companies, and let’s hammer out a blanket, uniform agreement that is good for everybody.” Unless something is done, junior mining companies and prospectors fear the consultation process could become more onerous, he said.

Ontario power costs too high

While the future of the Sudbury Basin mining camp looks promising, Sudol said he’s concerned about climbing power rates due to Ontario’s Green Energy Act. Read the rest of this entry »

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25th September 2014

State of the Basin: industry watcher Stan Sudol (CBC Morning North – September 25, 2014)

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/sudbury

We wrap up our series on the state of mining and mineral exploration in Northeastern Ontario. We reached out to blogger [www.republicofmining.com] and mining industry watcher Stan Sudol for his thoughts on what the future holds. Listen audio (runs 7:55)

We also have the full interview with Stan Sudol for you, a longer version than the interview that aired on Morning North. Listen audio (runs 13:36)

For both interviews, click here: http://www.cbc.ca/morningnorth/past-episodes/2014/09/25/state-of-the-basin-industry-watcher-stan-sudol/

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23rd September 2014

First Nation leaders call for halt on Ring of Fire permits – Staff (Northern Ontario Business – September 23, 2014)

Established in 1980, Northern Ontario Business provides Canadians and international investors with relevant, current and insightful editorial content and business news information about Ontario’s vibrant and resource-rich North.

The chiefs of the Matawa First Nations are demanding a moratorium in the issuance of exploration permits in the Ring of Fire.

In a resolution passed by the leadership of the nine communities in the tribal council on Sept. 17, the chiefs want a regional protocol developed with the Ontario government before any further approvals are granted for mineral exploration activity in the James Bay region.

The chiefs said the province is moving forward on permitting companies which have not consulted with area First Nations.

They insist it breaks the spirit of a regional framework agreement signed last March between the chiefs and Northern Development and Mines Minister Michael Gravelle. The agreement is supposed to be a foundational document to guide future mining and infrastructure development in the Far North.

The chiefs believed the document was an acknowledgement by the province of their traditional territories and that development wouldn’t proceed without local consent, accommodation and compensation.

The Matawa chiefs are asking for “substantive funding” to negotiate a regional protocol with the province and want the province to share all the permit applications submitted by mining companies operating within the Matawa traditional territory. Read the rest of this entry »

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23rd September 2014

Ring of Fire could damage grave, cultural sites, student says – by Jody Porter (CBC News Thunder Bay – September 23, 2014)

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/thunder-bay

Peawanuck First Nation member Jennifer Wabano launches letter campaign

A member of Peawanuck First Nation near Ontario’s Hudson Bay coast says the Ring of Fire mining development will affect her family’s traditional lands.

Jennifer Wabano said neither her family nor other members of Peawanuck, (also known as Weenusk), have been consulted by the province or the mining companies about the impact the project could have on graves and cultural sites.

“The land use planning that was done is not complete,” Wabano said. “There were no meetings, no presentations on information about it with community members. “With the land use planning and the land use study there are sites, like burial grounds and sacred sites that weren’t included,” Wabano added.

The college student in Timmins has written letters to the Minister of Northern Development and Mines, Nishnawbe Aski Nation and Mushkegowuk Council expressing her concerns. Now she’s launching a petition, seeking signatures from other community members in affected First Nations.

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23rd September 2014

COMMENT: Cliffs to sell Ring of Fire – by Marilyn Scales (Canadian Mining Journal – September 22, 2014)

http://www.canadianminingjournal.com/

Word is getting around that Cliffs Natural Resources wants to shed its properties in the Ring of Fire. The Cleveland, OH-based company slammed the door on its Big Daddy chromium project last November, and sold the exploration camp this summer. Thus, the largest player in an exciting new Canadian mining camp went home.

Now that Cliffs has ousted its Canadian-born executive Gary Halverson and replaced him with chairman, president and CEO Lourenco Goncalves, the idea of selling Big Daddy is gaining traction.

The Big Daddy project covers three deposits – Big Daddy, Black Thor and Black Label. The Big Daddy chromite deposit was discovered in 2008 by KWG Resources of Toronto and partner Spider Resources. The next year KWG approached Cliffs about becoming a partner at Big Daddy, and since 2010 Cliffs has spent in the neighbourhood of $500 million in the Ring of Fire at Big Daddy and Black Thor, which it owns outright. KWG retains a 30% interest in the Big Daddy deposit.

The partners fell out after KWG staked land for a potential rail line to the region. Cliffs balked, preferring a road instead.

Now it emerges that KWG president and CEO Frank Smeenk has had discussions with the Goncalves about buying out Cliffs’ share. If KWG can raise the money, a sale might suit both companies very nicely. Read the rest of this entry »

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22nd September 2014

NEWS RELEASE: KWG Makes International Patent Claim; Steel and Chrome Giants Interested in Offtake and Marketing Alliance, Engineering and Construction

September 22, 2014 10:30 ET

TORONTO, ONTARIO–(Marketwired – Sept. 22, 2014) – KWG Resources Inc. (TSX VENTURE:KWG)(FRANKFURT:KW6) has filed an international patent application under the Patent Cooperation Treaty. This will provide KWG with the right to file patent applications in over 140 countries around the world in order to secure its rights to its new method of refining chromite ore into ferrochrome by means of natural gas. The disclosed subject matter of this PCT application is supported by results of ongoing metallurgical tests being conducted on behalf of KWG by XPS Consulting and Testwork Services.

KWG has received expressions of interest in creating two strategic alliances:

A global steel company has proposed to provide project engineering and construction expertise and to market intermediate products for primary stainless steel casting. In this regard, KWG is studying the opportunity to build a facility to produce custom-made stainless steel billets for global export to stainless steel makers for remelting and dilution with iron.

A large ferrochrome producer has proposed a strategic marketing alliance for the global charge chrome market.

The parties are mutually exploring terms for offtake agreements for such products that could support future project financing facilities. Read the rest of this entry »

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22nd September 2014

Cliffs says it’s weighing its options in the ‘Ring’ – Star Staff (Sudbury Star – September 20, 2014)

The Sudbury Star is the City of Greater Sudbury’s daily newspaper.

Reports are suggesting that Cliffs Natural Resources is looking at selling its Ring of Fire chromite properties.
 If so, the move would be full circle for Cleveland-based Cliffs, which at one time planned to have an open pit mine and ferrochrome refinery in Capreol, creating as many as 600 jobs in the Sudbury area, by the middle of this decade.

In the fall, however, Cliffs halted all exploration and technical work on its Big Daddy chromite deposit and suspended spending on the project. In the summer, it sold off its remote exploration camp to Noront Resources. 
The Globe and Mail is now reporting that Cliffs sent a letter to First Nation chiefs in the area that it was considering selling its chromite properties in the James Bay region.

The letter, obtained by the newspaper, included a statement from Cliffs vice-president of corporate development Bill Boor, that a sale of the project was among those options.

The Globe is also reporting that KWG is looking at buying Cliffs holdings in the Ring of Fire area.

Cliffs spokesperson Patricia Persico, reached on Friday, said a potential sale of Ring of Fire properties is only one of several options the company is considering.
“Cliff’s is exploring alternatives with the chromite project,” Persico said. “Potential sale is an option, but it’s a range of strategic options we’re looking at. Read the rest of this entry »

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22nd September 2014

AUDIO: NDP MP Claude Gravelle blasts Tories over Ring of Fire inaction (CBC Radio Sudbury – September 19, 2014)

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/sudbury

Feds claim Ontario has not identified Ring of Fire mining project as a priority

Concerns about the development of the Ring of Fire are being raised in Ottawa. This week, KWG Resources announced it’s talking to Cliffs Natural Resources about the company selling its assets.

So far, Cliffs is only saying it is exploring strategic alternatives. During question period, Nickel Belt NDP MP Claude Gravelle questioned the Conservative party about the mining developme

“Northerners are fed up,” he said. “Instead of a real plan from the Liberals of Ontario, there is real trouble. Start-up is delayed, the smelter is on hold. Thousands of potential jobs are in jeopardy, but we see no leadership from the Conservatives.”

He asked what the Conservatives will now do to get the Ring of Fire file moving. “Unlocking the vast potential of the Ring of Fire will require a nation-to-nation approach and real engagement from the federal government,” Gravelle continued.

“Northern communities should not be forced to pay for the price of government’s inaction. We’re talking about good value-added jobs and economic development that would transform our region.” Read the rest of this entry »

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22nd September 2014

Cliffs may be looking sell Ring of Fire claim – Interviews by Jason Turnbull (Points North – September 18, 2014)

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/sudbury
A news report claimed Cliffs Natural Resources wants to sell off its assets in the mineral deposit. Interviews with KWG Resources’ Moe Lavigne and Ontario NDP MPP’s Michael Mantha.

Click here for an audio interview: http://www.cbc.ca/player/Radio/Local+Shows/Ontario/Up+North/ID/2522905241/

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19th September 2014

New planning tool could lead to ‘better results, less confrontation’ – by Bryan Phelan (Wawatay News – September 18, 2014)

http://wawataynews.ca/

Representatives of environmental groups and Matawa First Nations Management (MFNM) had preliminary talks earlier this year about Regional Strategic Environmental Assessment (R-SEA) as a new planning tool for the Ring of Fire.

The Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment once praised R-SEA as “an inherently proactive approach” and “a means to ensure that planning and assessment for a region support the most desired outcomes rather than the most likely one.”

There are numerous examples from around the world where R-SEA has been used successfully, including in Vietnam, Mauritius, Ghana, and Sierra Leone, says Anna Baggio, director of conservation planning for Wildlands League. “It produces better results and helps avoid confrontations and legal challenges.”

Baggio organized a meeting in February when informal discussion of an R-SEA for the Ring of Fire took place. In addition to Wildlands League, other environmental groups represented at the gathering were Mining Watch, WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) Canada, and Ecojustice. Also present were various Matawa advisors and experts, Baggio said.

She anticipated a follow-up meeting after the nine chiefs of the Matawa tribal council and the Ontario government signed a framework agreement in March for negotiations on development in the Ring of Fire. Read the rest of this entry »

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19th September 2014

Environmental groups pitch planning solution for Far North – by Bryan Phelan (Wawatay News – September 18, 2014)

http://www.wawataynews.ca/radio

Ontario’s three major political parties promised during the 2014 provincial election campaign to speed mining development in the Ring of Fire.

At the same time, however, two environmental groups were making finishing touches on a report calling for the province to put the brakes on that development, at least for now.

Just four days after the Liberals were re-elected to power in June, the environmental groups Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Canada and Ecojustice released a report suggesting Ontario needs a whole new approach to planning for the Far North. In the meantime, no Ring of Fire projects should be approved, the groups said in their report, titled Getting it Right in Ontario’s Far North: The Need for Strategic Environmental Assessment in the Ring of Fire (Wawangajing).

The existing legal framework for industrial development in the region is “broken,” said Anastasia Lintner, a lawyer and economist who co-authored the report on behalf of Ecojustice along with a conservation scientist from WCS, Cheryl Chetkiewicz. Part of the problem, they showed, is that planning taking place now is piecemeal and narrowly focused on individual projects or pieces of projects. “The Far North faces uncoordinated resource development with little consideration for cumulative impacts (of multiple projects),” the co-authors wrote in the report’s summary. Read the rest of this entry »

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