Mining News Clips
Premier visits the north
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne is on a northern tour this week as part of her work to strengthen regional economies.
In Sudbury, the premier will tour Crossworks Manufacturing’s diamond-cutting and polishing factory, the largest of its kind in North America. She will also visit Kenora for the first time since being sworn-in, and she will be the first premier in recent history to visit Fort Severn, Ontario’s most northern community. She will meet with Aboriginal leaders and deliver new books to children as they head back to school.
Wynne will then head to Thunder Bay to hold a jobs and growth roundtable with business leaders and will attend the opening ceremony for LU’s new Faculty of Law.
Rickford isn’t worried about
Ring of Fire disputes
Kenora MP Greg Rickford says the Ring of Fire mining project is for northern Ontario, what the oil sands are for Alberta, and isn’t worried by disputes on how the project’s environmental impact should be assessed.
“There has been some dispute over whether there should be an environmental assessment or a joint review panel, those issues will be resolved by the parties themselves or the courts,” said Rickford, who was recently appointed the minister responsible for the FedNor program which is running the federal government’s contribution to the planned chromite mining and smeltering development project in the mineral-rich area of the James Bay Lowlands located in northern Ontario.
Ontario settling for chromite crumbs, says mining expert
The recent announcement by American-based Cliffs Natural Resources to temporarily halt its chromite mining project in Ontario’s Ring of Fire camp was met with flying accusations of fault by many politicians, affected stakeholders, environmental non-government agencies and First Nations communities.
Cliffs Natural Resources intends to produce 3.2 million metric tons of concentrate from the chromite ore from its Black Thor open pit, roughly half of which will be exported to foreign markets while the other half sent to Sudbury to be further processed into high-carbon ferrochrome at a newly built furnace.
Is this the best Ontario can achieve from one of the world’s richest deposits of chromite?
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