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Cliffs wins appeal over land easement with KWG

On July 30, 2014 an Ontario divisional court ruled on the June 16-17 appeal by Cliffs after the Ontario Mining and Lands commissioner denied Cliffs an easement for a road to reach its Ring of Fire chromite deposit(s) as the proposed rout would be over claims currently being held by KWG resources.

KWG has previously staked and held claims from Nakina North to the Ring of fire along a natural esker system which is the best and easiest route for making a north-south road to/from the Ring of Fire.

Cliffs contended that KWG is holding the companies in the Ring of Fire hostage by blocking that critical route. Cliffs has halted activity in the Ring of Fire after it launched the appeal last October.

The decision allowed the appeal and as such has set aside the Mining Lands Commissioners decision in September and granted the original application for an easement over the KWG claims. This ruling only allows for the application to proceed and in the end KWG will need to negotiate the conditions of the easement over its claims, but cannot with-hold consent. Basically a mining claim allows the claim owner to explore for minerals, however does not allow them to use the surface rights on those claims to block others from utilizing the surface rights for legitimate uses.

The final decision on allowing the easement is in the hands will be up to the Natural Resources Minister (Bill Mauro).

The ruling stated:

”Whether or not it is in the public interest to grant an easement for a road is a matter for the Minister of Natural Resources to determine, after an environmental assessment and consultation with First Nations and other affected interests. It is for the Minister to determine whether the easement should be granted in the public interest and on what terms. CCC (KWG) will be able to participate in that process.” And elsewhere: ”I would add that the issue being decided under s.51(4) of the Mining Act does not deprive CCC (KWG) of its ability at the next stage to oppose Cliffs’ easement application or to ask for conditions that would protect its legitimate interests in its mining claims.”



Claims map showing the KWG claims in relation to Nakina and the Ring of Fire



Ring of Fire route in question. (Proposed rail line or all season road) Follows a natural esker and has been staked by KWG resources.




Geraldton chamber of Commerce at PDAC

From March 2nd to 5th, The annual Prospectors and Developers association of Canada  (PDAC) held their annual convention in downtown Toronto. PDAC is the largest mining/exploration and related services convention in Canada.

PDAC 2014 Trade show and Investors Exchange

Companies, individuals and even countries from all around the world represent themselves, their products and their mining properties. The audience is comprised of mining companies shopping for services/equipment, investors of all sizes looking for a property worth investing in and any other person/company either directly or indirectly who could benefit from such a localized concentration of mining companies and professionals.

We were there as a combined effort including people from Greenstone, The Geraldton Chamber of Commerce, The Times Star and Imexko. While The Times Star (Safety equipment/mining services/Marketing services) and Imexko (Core Boxes), why would the Town of Greenstone and the Chamber be there?

Well, there’s a reason  entire countries send contingents to this conference. Any and all countries, regions and towns who have any association or potential benefit from the mining/exploration business and who want to expose themselves to as much potential related business as possible get the most bang for their buck by going to the largest concentration of them under one roof.

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PDAC-Bound 2014

The Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada annual convention is the largest gathering on Mining and exploration companies in Ontario. It occurs every spring in Toronto at the Metro Toronto Trade and Convention Center (near the base of the CN Tower).

The Times Star, as well as other companies/interests from Greenstone (Geraldton Chamber of commerce, Canada Mines) will be attending this year.

We will be posting updates and information from the floor as well.

We will be at booth 1152

Two Companies Fined a Total of $27,000 for Illegally Building Mining Camp

Two Companies Fined a Total of $27,000 for Illegally Building Mining Camp

A mining company and a construction and mining services company have been fined under the Public Lands Act for illegally building a mining camp.

Vancouver-based Fancamp Explorations Ltd. pleaded guilty and Webequie Logistics Ltd. of Thunder Bay was found guilty of carrying out construction work without the authority of a work permit. They were fined $10,000 and $5,000 respectively. Webequie Logistics Ltd. was also found guilty of disobeying a stop work order and fined $5,000. read more…


Greenstone HeadframePREMIER GOLD MINES LIMITED (“Premier” or “the Company”) (TSX:PG) is pleased to announce the results of independent Preliminary Economic Assessment Studies (“PEA”) on the Company’s 100%-owned Hardrock and Brookbank Deposits in Northwestern Ontario. The PEA Studies were prepared by Stantec Mining with contributions from BBA Inc., InnovExplo Inc. and Micon International Limited, and completed in accordance with National Instrument 43-101 (“NI 43-101”). The technical report with respect to both PEA’s will be filed on the Company’s website and on SEDAR within 45 days.

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Sampling 101: Quality assurance, Quality Control

Sampling 101: Quality assurance, Quality Control

Quality Assurance/Quality Control (QA/QC)

Sampling is the single most important aspect of an exploration or mining company. Sampling determines the value (or lack there of) of a companies exploration efforts. Since it is the most important part of exploration, it is important to verify the quality and assure the accuracy of results obtained from those samples.

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Cliffs Natural Resources Temporarily Suspends its Chromite Project Environmental Assessment Activities Pending Resolution of Various Issues

CLEVELAND, June 12, 2013 /CNW/ – Cliffs Natural Resources Inc.(NYSE: CLF) (Paris: CLF) announced today that its affiliate, Cliffs Chromite Ontario Inc., is temporarily suspending the environmental assessment activities for its Chromite Project in Ontario, Canada. The Company indicated that its decision to temporarily suspend these activities is due to delays related to the environment assessment process, land surface rights, and negotiations with the Province of Ontario.

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Premier Announces Addition To Development Team

PREMIER GOLD MINES LIMITED (TSX:PG) is pleased to announce that Richard Harrisson has been retained as Director of Mining and will aid the advancement of the Company’s project pipeline. Richard brings to Premier over 14 years of experience in mine development and production.

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Sampling 101 – Precious metals

So how do they sample rocks for gold and silver?

Gold, silver and platinum are categorized as precious metals. This means they are highly valuable with a high demand. This translates into a high monetary value for relatively small amount of the metal (Gold/Platinum ~ $1500/ounce, Silver ~$25/ounce). In addition to the high monetary valu, nature only supplies precious metals in small amounts (usually) which results in some difficulty in sampling at all stages.

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