THUNDER BAY – Minister of Northern Development, Mines and Forestry Michael Gravelle has issued a statement on the release, earlier today by Cliffs Resources.
“I am very encouraged by Cliffs Natural Resources commitment in their preliminary report released today to Northern Ontario, particularly to seeing the ferrochrome facility located in the North.
“While they have identified Greater Sudbury as their ‘base case’ location, it is important to note that three other communities have been cited as potential locations (Thunder Bay, Timmins and Greenstone). It is my understanding that Cliffs intends to reach out to those other communities to further discuss that opportunity.
“And, may I say, the Province remains absolutely committed to seeing this processing facility located in Northern Ontario. As for the energy needs required for this project, our government has put in place several programs that have significantly reduced costs for major industries in the North. But I certainly recognize that we will need to become engaged in serious discussions with Cliffs related to the energy issues associated with a processing facility. I am looking forward to beginning those discussions soon.
“It is also very important to point out that Cliffs senior management are hoping to meet with the Mattawa First Nations Chiefs to discuss and consult on this preliminary proposal. This is a vital aspect of this project; the First Nations, particularly those most impacted by this potential development, must see appropriate benefits come to their communities for this project to move forward”