In continuation from last week’s news, more information has been released about the railroad infrastructure that will make mineral extraction in the Ring of Fire possible. The rail route is being constructed by Canada Chrome Corporation, a subsidiary of KWG Resources, a company that has had a long-time stake in the Ring of Fire through joint ownership of multiple mineral properties. The Sault Star article below contains an interview with the newly-named lead of the project, including some of his insights about why rail transport is better than road transport for a project like this.
We also saw an update about the new environmental sustainability committee that was formed in Sault Ste. Marie (the potential home for the ferrochrome smelter that would process the chromite minerals extracted from the Ring of Fire). The committee has recently come under criticism for being stacked with industry representatives, and so on January 25th City Council agreed to create one more space on the committee and Dr. Pedro Antunes from Algoma University was later selected. Dr. Antunes was one of the co-authors of a 2019 open letter from 52 Sault Ste. Marie doctors imploring Sault Ste. Marie not to open the ferrochrome smelter because of potential health consequences, and has spoken publicly about his concerns.
February 9th, 2021 (Sault Star):
Ring of Fire rail head named
“Capreol native and veteran railroader Tony Marquis came out of retirement to take on a project he believes could “give a real kickstart to rail in Northern Ontario.” Marquis is now in charge of constructing a rail route to the Ring of Fire, as newly appointed head of Canada Chrome Corporation, a subsidiary of KWG Resources.” Read more here…
February 12th, 2021 (Soo Today):
‘Great guy’ approved for environmental sustainability committee
New committee attracted heavy interest from climate change activists, with 25 applicants for its seven non-councillor positions
“Responding to accusations it was overloading an influential new environmental committee with industrial representatives, City Council voted unanimously this week to also add Dr. Pedro Antunes from Algoma University. The appointment of a known opponent of Noront Resources Ltd.’s proposed ferrochrome smelter was accompanied by some effusive compliments. “Pedro’s great. He’s a great guy, he’s got a lot of skill, a lot of knowledge, a lot of intelligence. I’m happy to see him there,” said Mayor Christian Provenzano.” Read more here…