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Commission dismisses Cliffs’ road easement application

Keywords: Tags  Cliffs Natural Resources, KWG Resources, Canada Chrome, chromite, Black Thor deposit, Black Horse project, Big Daddy project, Thorsten Schier

NEW YORK — An application by a Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. subsidiary to dispense with the consent of Canada Chrome Corp. in the building of a road near its Black Thor chromite deposit in Northern Ontario has been dismissed by the Ontario Mining and Lands Commissioner.

"Canada Chrome’s ability to work its claims will be negatively affected by the existence of a road and all that goes with it, including the movement of numerous heavy trucks every day," the commission said in its decision.

"The decision by the commission is disappointing," a Cliffs’ spokeswoman told AMM. "We still believe that the proposed North-South all-weather road, which crosses the mining claims by (Canada Chrome parent company KWG) and other resource companies, is essential to the development of the Ring of Fire and very much a necessity for Cliffs’ chromite project. This (decision) continues to put our project in jeopardy."

She noted that the project would have provided all-weather road access to First Nations in the area.

Canada Chrome is looking to build a railroad in the area to develop its interests in the Ring of Fire, which include the Big Daddy and Black Horse chrome deposits, it said.

KWG has a 30-percent interest in Big Daddy and the right to earn 80 percent of Black Horse, the company said.

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