TORONTO – Mining – Counsel for KWG Resources Inc. has been served with a Notice of Appeal on behalf of the Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. subsidiary (“Cliffs”) that recently lost its application to the Mining and Lands Commission.
Cliffs had sought an Order to dispense with the consent of KWG for the granting of an easement to Cliffs over mining claims previously staked and assessed by KWG. In a decision released on September 10, 2013 the Mining and Lands Commission dismissed the application.
At risk is Cliffs Natural Resources efforts on the Ring of Fire.
Without Access there is No Ring of Fire
“Without access to the surface lands to develop the needed infrastructure, there is no project. Our proposed development has the scale needed to develop the road access and is therefore a catalyst for other smaller mining opportunities in the Ring of Fire. Cliffs is very disappointed in this decision, but beyond our project, it is clearly an issue for anyone interested in seeing these opportunities in the Ring of Fire becoming realities,” commented Bill Boor, SVP Global Ferroalloys with Cliffs. “While we are open to possible solutions, without a pathway developing quickly to overcome this major setback, it is going to be difficult for us to justify continuing with the project at this point in time.”
KWG has a 30% interest in the Big Daddy chromite deposit and the right to earn 80% of the Black Horse chromite deposit. KWG also owns 100% of Canada Chrome Corporation which has staked claims and conducted a $15 million surveying and soil testing program for the engineering and construction of a railroad to the Ring of Fire from Exton, Ontario.