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    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/thunder-bay/story/2013/09/11/tby-ring-of-fire-thunder-bay-environmental-challenge.html Matawa First Nations chiefs drop Ring of
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      Matawa First Nations chiefs drop Ring of Fire legal challenge

      Most Matawa communities hope negotiations assisted by Bob Rae will also address their concerns about environmental assessment

      CBC News

      Posted: Sep 11, 2013 3:44 PM ET

      Last Updated: Sep 11, 2013 3:39 PM ET

       
      The Matawa Chiefs
Council has announced it will stop a legal challenge to
the federal environmental assessment of the Cliffs
chromite project in the Ring of Fire. Pictured here in a
file photo are, from left to right, Chief Johnny
Yellowhead-Nibinamik First Nation, Chief Harry
Papah-Eabametoong First Nation, Chief Cornelius Wabasse,
Webequie First Nation, The Honorable Bob Rae, Chief
Allan Towegishig-Long Lake #58, Chief Sonny
Gagnon-Aroland First Nation, Chief Celia
Echum-Ginoogaming First Nation, Chief Roger
Wesley-Constance Lake First Nation, and Chief Peter
Moonias-Neskantaga First Nation.
      The Matawa Chiefs Council has announced it will stop a legal challenge to the federal environmental assessment of the Cliffs chromite project in the Ring of Fire. Pictured here in a file photo are, from left to right, Chief Johnny Yellowhead-Nibinamik First Nation, Chief Harry Papah-Eabametoong First Nation, Chief Cornelius Wabasse, Webequie First Nation, The Honorable Bob Rae, Chief Allan Towegishig-Long Lake #58, Chief Sonny Gagnon-Aroland First Nation, Chief Celia Echum-Ginoogaming First Nation, Chief Roger Wesley-Constance Lake First Nation, and Chief Peter Moonias-Neskantaga First Nation. (Supplied)

      The Matawa First Nations chiefs have withdrawn a legal challenge to the federal environmental assessment of the Cliffs chromite project in the Ring of Fire.

      The case was set to be heard by Federal Court later this month.

      In a news release Wednesday, the Matawa Tribal Council said that when it started the court case in late 2011, there was no negotiation table, and it was pushed into a corner.

      "There's a forum for discussions with Ontario now and it's going to look at the environmental assessment question, as well as other issues," Aroland Chief Sonny Gagnon said.

      Talks with Ontario began recently with Bob Rae representing the First Nations, and Frank Iacobucci negotiating for the government.

      Matawa said it expects that mining companies and the federal government will also be involved.

      Matawa's announcement came one day after a declaration by Marten Falls First Nation, also a member of the tribal council, that it had withdrawn from the court challenge.

      Judicial review not worth the expense

      Chief Eli Moonias said his community no longer believes the judicial review is worth the money. Moonias said Marten Falls will now be working directly with Cliffs to develop its own community-based environmental assessment model.

      Webequie First Nation withdrew from the court action last year.

      "We're focussing on negotiations, but let me be clear, this doesn't mean everything's fine," said, Chief Elizabeth Atlookan of Matawa's Eabametoong First Nation. "The negotiating process is starting, not ending."

      Gagnon added that the communities are not happy with the current environmental assessment process, but now have a way to change it through negotiations. He added that a court-ordered solution "is never going to be as good as our own solution."

      Cliffs Natural Resources issued its own statement Wednesday, welcoming the prospect of developing "a collaborative working relationship" with Marten Falls.

      "We're determined to be a good partner, and will continue to work with First Nations who may be impacted by the project, to understand their concerns and priorities," senior vice-president Bill Boor said.

       

      Cliffs Natural loses on Ring of Fire highway route; may appeal

      Wed Sep 11, 2013 3:57pm EDT
       
      TORONTO (Reuters) - Miner Cliffs Natural Resources Inc has lost a key land dispute at a Canadian tribunal that could cause more problems for its already troubled Black Thor chromite project in northern Ontario's mineral-rich Ring of Fire.

      Cliffs cannot build a proposed highway to the wilderness region without the consent of tiny rival KWG Resources Inc, which has staked claims along the route and wants to build a railway instead, the Ontario Mining and Lands Commissioner said in a decision dated September 10 and posted online by KWG.

      Cliffs spokeswoman Patricia Persico said the iron ore miner is considering its options, including appealing the decision. It was not immediately clear what body would hear an appeal.

      "It does put the project in jeopardy," said Persico, who noted that the highway is a "necessary" part of Black Thor.

      Cleveland-based Cliffs suspended its work on the $3.3 billion Black Thor project in June, citing stalled talks with the provincial government and other political and regulatory problems. It has struggled to win over aboriginal communities in the region.

      The Ring of Fire is a cluster of mineral deposits that political leaders in Canada have said could support a century of mining. But the remote region, about 1,500 km (1,000 miles) northwest of Toronto, has no rail lines, highways or reliable power.

      Chromite, which is refined into ferrochrome and used to make stainless steel, is heavy, so infrastructure is a major challenge. A highway could open up the district for smaller companies such as Noront Resources Ltd, but Cliffs is not willing to shoulder the full cost of building it, pegged at about $600 million, without government help.

      TSX Venture-listed KWG, with market capitalization of about C$35 million ($34 million), is exploring for chromite in the Ring of Fire, and says a rail line offers better value for money. The two sides are fighting over a single route because there is very little high ground or gravel in the swampy region.

      ($1=$1.03 Canadian)

      (Reporting by Allison Martell; Editing by Janet Guttsman; and Peter Galloway)



    • ghwelker
      Believe in the beauty and strength our your own being. Forget the foolish belief that you and your fellow human beings were born evil. Those who would control
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