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Ring of Fire News – October 6, 2012

  • Ontario’s New Mining Act Changes Kicking In 1 Nov 12 ….  “Ontario is modernizing the way companies stake and explore their claims to be more respectful of Aboriginal communities and private landowners. New rules under the province’s Mining Act include:   New requirements for notifying private landowners and consulting with Aboriginal communities potentially affected by proposed exploration activities; New tools to help protect sites of Aboriginal cultural significance; An awareness program for prospectors about the Mining Act changes; More ways to keep mining claims in good standing; and New early exploration requirements to help minimize the impact on the environment. The rules were developed in close partnership with industry stakeholders and Aboriginal representatives and take effect on Nov. 1, 2012. These changes will help ensure that mineral exploration and development in Ontario continues to occur in a balanced, socially and environmentally responsible manner ….”  Sourcemoremoremoremore
  • ….. and some Aboriginal Leaders aren’t Happy  “The Anishinabek Nation has concerns with the proposed changes to the Ontario Mining Act regulations that are to be in place November 1, and argues that it has not been adequately or meaningfully consulted or accommodated in their preparation. “Anishinabek are in separate discussions that will affect how these regulations are interpreted and how they may change, based on our own process,” says Lake Huron Regional Chief Isadore Day of Serpent River, who holds the Lands and Resources portfolio for the Anishinabek Nation leadership council. The Anishinabek Nation is especially concerned with the revised Mining Act’s proposed “Consultation and arrangements With Aboriginal Communities at Early Exploration” changes. “The Union of Ontario Indians has analyzed the proposed regulations and determined that the majority of concerns identified in the 2009 Anishinabek Mining Strategy and the 2010-11 Regional Engagement Sessions have not been addressed and that our Aboriginal and Treaty rights may be significantly impacted by proposed regulations,” says Chief Day. “A bilateral table and process is being established between Grand Council Chief Patrick Madahbee and the Minister of Northern Development and Mines. This will look at three main areas – Mining and Mining Act matters, Northern Growth Plan and the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund issue.” ….”  Sourcemore
  • Environmentalists Continue to Call for Regional Approach to Ring o’ Fire Development  “Environmental organization CPAWS Wildlands League is hoping pressure from people across Canada will convince the Ontario government to refocus its involvement in the Ring of Fire. CPAWS kicked off its latest campaign in Toronto in September with a series of media advertisements geared at the Ring of Fire. The goal is to convince Ontario to create a regional plan for development in northern Ontario’s mining sector, said CPAWS spokesperson Anna Baggio. “For many years now we’ve been hoping (the government) would do some sort of regional planning in regards to the Ring of Fire,” Baggio said. “We’re very worried – I don’t think they have a plan for the region. Instead, the development is happening in a piecemeal way, where everyone’s got their own little part of it.” ….”  Source
  • First-Nation-Owned Powerline in NW Ontario Might Help Ring o’ Fire???  “Planning for a northern transmission line that will connect remote First Nations of northwestern Ontario to the southern electricity grid took a big step forward last week, as the steering committee of Wataynikaneyap Power met with the Ontario government and released its Environmental Assessment notice. The meeting between Wataynikaneyap and three provincial ministers marked a milestone in the estimated $1.1 billion project, as Phase 1 – upgrading the existing transmission line to Pickle Lake and running a line to the Musselwhite mine – gets closer to reality. “It’s not going to happen overnight, there are lots of logistics and regulatory requirements, but this (transmission line) has been a priority determined by the communities that want their energy issues addressed,” said steering committee member Margaret Kenequenash. Wataynikaneyap plans to be a 100 percent First Nations owned and operated company, with revenue from the transmission line going back to the communities that are part owners of the company. So far 13 First Nations have joined the company. Kenequenash said the plan has Phase 1 construction starting sometime in 2014. Phase 2, which involves connecting communities through a central transmission loop from Pickle Lake, is expected to start sometime in 2015 …. Wataynikaneyap is considering extending the transmission line west to Red Lake and east to the Ring of Fire to make the power available to the mining developments in those regions.”  SourceAbout Wataynikaneyap PowerEA documents
  • “Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. (NYSE: CLF) (Paris: CLF) today said it intends to announce unaudited 2012 third-quarter financial results after the U.S.-market close Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012 ….”  Source
  • More Mentions of Cliffs in Stock Alerts (Mostly Good)  Sourcemore
  • A Few Concerns About the Proposed Cliffs Operation near Sudbury  “A group of concerned citizens, comprised of people who are all “pro-Cliffs,” will hold a public meeting Oct. 15 in Capreol to strike a formal commitee to hold the company’s and government’s feet to the fire on the issue of environmental health and safety. Retired mining health and safety activist Homer Seguin said half a dozen citizens, including former long-time New Democrat MPP Elie Martel, have been meeting to discuss Cliffs Natural Resources’ plan to build a ferrochrome processing plant north of Capreol. “We’re pro-Cliffs,” said Seguin, “because the jobs are welcome. But first and foremost comes safety.” ….”  Source

More open source information (excerpts from information monitored 7 Sept – 5 Oct 12 (52 page PDF) here. All information shared here in accordance with the Fair Dealing provisions (§29) of the Copyright Act. The blog is not responsible for the accuracy of the source material, and inclusion of material doesn’t mean endorsement.

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