Mining news briefs
Wynne says no point in rushing Ring of Fire
Ontario’s Premier says the province will let businesses make decisions on where to locate smelters and processing plants, while the Ring of Fire will bring jobs to the region on its own.
Kathleen Wynne made the comments Sept. 3 after a mining analyst’s suggestion the government should do more to make mining attractive.
Wynne said there’s no point in rushing agreements among government, First Nations, and mining companies.
“There is a political message that’s out there from the opposition parties that says … we should move faster on the Ring of Fire … and we just have to sweep all of the barriers out of the way,” Wynne said.
“That’s code for not paying attention to environmental protections, and not making sure that our relationships with First Nations are in place.”
Wynne added that Bob Rae and Frank Iaccobucci are working very closely with First Nations communities, and are making progress.
Premier’s Sudbury visit disappoints critics
Nickel Belt New Democrat MPP France Gelinas would have liked to have heard more policy and less politeness from Premier Kathleen Wynne when she visited Sudbury this week.
Sudbury Progressive Conservative candidate Paula Peroni wanted to hear that Wynne’s Liberal government has put someone from government in charge of the Ring of Fire development to move it forward.
Neither woman got her wish.
Gelinas tagged along on a tour Wynne took Thursday afternoon of Crossworks Manufacturing in downtown Sudbury, a plant where 10 percent of De Beer Victor Diamond Mine gems are cut and polished.
Interest in global mine rescue event expands
The interest from around the world in the sixth International Mine Rescue Body (IMRB) conference being hosted in Ontario this Fall continues to expand. Registration for the event has now surpassed 200 delegates from 22 different nations — both numbers are higher than originally anticipated.
The symposium portion of the event will be held in Niagara Falls from Oct. 5 to 10 and the field trip component will be held in Sudbury from Oct. 10 to 13. The IMRB conference is being hosted by the Canadian Association of Chief Inspectors of Mines, Canadian mine rescue organizations – including Ontario’s — and the Canadian mining industry in general. Several Ontario Mining Association members are participating in and supporting the conference and field trip.
General topics to be discussed in Niagara Falls include emergency preparedness and response planning, crisis management, effective mine rescue training, emerging rescue technologies and mine rescue research.
Also up for discussion is the case for developing an international mine rescue code of practice to set minimum standards and facilitate assistance between and among countries in the case of emergencies.
Chippewas battle over open pit mine
While laughing children bob in kayaks along the sandy shores of Lake Superior, their somber parents hunch over picnic tables talking about their wild rice, their water, their fish and their way of life. Members of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa Indians worry about what is to become of their lake, a life source for their people.
Gov. Scott Walker, his fellow Republicans and the governor’s onetime enemies, labor unions, are championing a $1.5 billion open pit mine planned for the Bad River watershed, six miles from the reservation in the pristine Penokee Hills of northern Wisconsin.
On Aug. 30, six Chippewa tribes of Lake Superior sent President Obama a letter requesting the Department of the Interior prepare litigation to protect the wetlands, fisheries, waters and wildlife from mining. The mining area is honeycombed with 70 miles of rivers and streams that flow north into Lake Superior, which the tribes say would be threatened.
This March, Walker signed a bill streamlining the approval process and easing environmental regulations for the proposed open pit iron ore mine, in which wide swaths of earth are removed to extract minerals. The issue playing out in Wisconsin is being repeated elsewhere.
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