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What's up with the biggest thing happening in mining in NW Ontario?

And The Winner of the “Route Into the Ring of Fire Sweepstakes” Is …

… a year-round access road from near Red Lake running east (with an all-weather road from Nakina to Marten Falls).  More details via …

  • Ontario’s Info-machine“Ontario is taking an important next step toward developing the Ring of Fire, working with Webequie, Marten Falls and Nibinamik First Nations to plan and construct a year-round access road into the proposed mining development site being pursued by Noront Resources Ltd. As part of this project, the province is also working with First Nations to build all-season access roads to their communities.  Premier Kathleen Wynne was in Thunder Bay today with the Minister of Northern Development and Mines, Michael Gravelle, to announce that Ontario will support First Nations to plan and construct an east-west road connecting the Webequie and Nibinamik communities to the provincial highway network north of Pickle Lake. This project would provide all-season access to both First Nations communities as well as into the Ring of Fire development.  The province is also supporting Marten Falls First Nation to plan and construct an access road connecting the community to the existing provincial highway network at Aroland/Nakina.  Communities are working to begin environmental assessments of these projects by January 2018 and plan to begin construction in 2019, pending all necessary approvals.  As a next phase, Ontario will continue to support Marten Falls to undertake further technical and environmental studies that could inform planning and development of a north-south access road tied to the development of, and business case for, chromite mining in the Ring of Fire …”
  • Noront Resources:  “… The provincial government agreed to support and fund the following road proposals which will connect First Nation communities to the Ring of Fire:
    • An east-west road connecting Webequie and Nibinamik First Nations to the provincial highway network north of Pickle Lake (the “East-West Road”). This road will continue from the Community of Webequie to the Ring of Fire.
    • A north-south community access road is being planned for construction by the Marten Falls First Nation with an option to expand the road to the Ring of Fire to support the development of chromite mining (the “North – South Road”).
      An environmental assessment of both road projects is expected to begin by January 2018, followed by construction in 2019 pending all necessary approvals. This timeframe allows Noront to advance its pre-development work and ready itself for the three-year construction of its Eagle’s Nest nickel, copper, platinum group metal mine …”
  • KWG Resources (who has plans with China to build a railway north out of Nakina into the RoF):  Nothing to say as of this post
  • investorintel.com:  “Noront Resources’ (TSXV: NOT) shares jumped 30% to $0.43 today in response to an announcement by Premier Kathleen Wynne that the Province of Ontario is supporting First Nations Proposal to Build All-Season Access Road. This marks a significant step forward for northern residents. On the one hand, it will open up Noront’s Ring of Fire project with $60 B from deposits of high-grade chromite, high-grade nickel, copper, zinc, gold, platinum group metals and vanadium …”
  • Northern Ontario Business (1):  “The province has announced planning will begin on an access road into the Ring of Fire.  On Aug. 21 the province said it would work with Webequie, Marten Falls and Nibinamik First Nations to “plan and construct a year-round access road into the proposed mining development side being pursued by Noront Resources.”  Premier Kathleen Wynne and Northern Development Minister Michael Gravelle were in Thunder Bay to make the announcement.  “I am grateful to the Matawa First Nations who have been working with us for years to get to this historic day,” Wynne said in the announcement …”
  • Northern Ontario Business (2)“The lead Ring of Fire mine developer is pleased with the Ontario government tabling a road plan to reach the deposits in the undeveloped James Bay mineral belt.  “Today’s announcement by Premier Kathleen Wynne and the Chiefs of Webequie, Marten Falls and Nibinamik First Nations is a major step forward that will re-energize development of the Ring of Fire region,” said Noront Resources president-CEO Alan Coutts in an Aug. 21 news release …”
  • baytoday.ca:  “Ontario has taken an important next step toward developing the Ring of Fire, working with Webequie, Marten Falls and Nibinamik First Nations to plan and construct a year-round access road into the proposed mining development site being pursued by Noront Resources.  As part of this project, the province is also working with First Nations to build all-season access roads to their communities …”
  • The Canadian Press (via Globe & Mail)“Development of the chromite-rich Ring of Fire region in northern Ontario is one step closer after the premier announced Monday that agreements with First Nations are in place to start road construction in the area.  The provincial government has been talking with the chiefs of the Matawa First Nations for years, since it pledged $1-billion in 2014 to fund infrastructure into the area about 500 kilometres northeast of Thunder Bay, Ont.  The region holds one of the world’s richest deposits of chromite — used to make stainless steel — as well as nickel, copper and platinum, valued at anywhere from $30-billion to $60-billion.  Premier Kathleen Wynne’s announcement in Thunder Bay comes three months after she told nine First Nations in the region she wanted to see progress in weeks, not months, on discussions about the roads or she would move to bilateral talks with individual communities …”
  • Toronto Star:  “After years of negotiations and delays, the provincial government is moving ahead with an all-season road to the Ring of Fire chromite mining development.  Premier Kathleen Wynne announced Monday in Thunder Bay that agreements have been reached with the Webequie, Marten Falls and Nibinamik First Nations to begin construction of the road.  The route would go to the proposed Noront Resources mining project that Queen’s Park hope will give Northern Ontario a much-needed economic boost as well as link remote communities with other highways.  Environmental assessments will begin in January, six months before the June 7 provincial election, and construction is set to start in 2019 …”
  • cbc.ca“The provincial government says it’s working with three remote northwestern Ontario First Nations to develop year-round road access that will link the communities to Ontario’s highway system.  The partnership between the province, Webequie, Nibinamik and Marten Falls will also facilitate access to the Ring of Fire — a mineral-rich area in the James Bay lowlands, about 575 kilometres north of Thunder Bay — according to the province …”
  • sudbury.com:  “Premier Kathleen Wynne is in Thunder Bay this morning, announcing that partnership agreements are in place to build a permanent, four-season road to the Ring of Fire mineral deposit in the northwest.  Touted as an historic mineral deposit that includes chromite and other minerals, the Ring of Fire is in a remote, swampy part of the province. Settling on how to access the deposit, mine the deposit and work with First Nations in the area has seen the process toward development take a long and meandering course …”
  • Timmins Free Press“Roadwork is about to get underway on the Ring Of Fire mining development with financing help from the province of Ontario, it was announced Monday morning in Thunder Bay.  Premier Kathleen Wynne and Northern Development minister Michael Gravelle announced that a new east-west access road is to be built connecting Webequie and Nibinamik communities to the provincial highway system north of Pickle Lake. The road will eventually connect Webequie with the Ring Of Fire mining operations.  At the same time, plans were revealed for a new north-south access road to be built connecting Marten Falls with the provincial highway system near Nakina.  This is the first significant announcement of government involvement in the project since it was first being explore and promoted nearly ten years ago …”
  • tbnewswatch.com“The Ontario government is preparing to take a big step forward in developing the Ring of Fire and providing year-round access to remote communities near the chromite-rich deposit.  Premier Kathleen Wynne was in Thunder Bay on Monday to announce the government is moving ahead with building an all-season access road to the Ring of Fire.  “We are moving forward with our plan to unlock one of our biggest mineral opportunities in almost a century and we are taking that step together with First Nations partners,” Wynne said during the announcement.  The road will connect Webequie, Marten Falls, and Nibinamik First Nations to existing provincial highways north of Pickle Lake and Aroland First Nation. Preliminary assessments will begin immediately and construction is expected to start in 2019.  Wynne did not have a dollar figure for the construction of the road, saying it will be part of the province’s $1 billion investment toward infrastructure for the Ring of Fire …”

More, as it happens …


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