KWG Resources reports it’s been served notice that Noront Resources is appealing to the Mining and Lands Commissioner of Ontario to set aside the finding of the Provincial Mining Recorder that KWG was the first to stake two 16-unit claims in the Ring of Fire when they came open on in June 2011.
The claims are contiguous to claims of the Fancamp Exploration at Koper Lake where KWG is drilling to assess the economic potential of the Black Horse chromite deposit under an option agreement with Bold Ventures and Fancamp.
“Koper Lake is an important amphibious aircraft facility for the Ring of Fire and the area used for landing and docking is within the eastern boundary of these claims,” said KWG president Frank Smeenk in a statement.
“In the past, our exploration crews have been blockaded there, or embargoed from landing there, or been levied substantial landing fees. We believe that this necessary part of the area’s transportation assets should be operated as a public facility.”
KWG said this is what sparked their concept that a federal port authority agency must be created to finance and develop transportation infrastructure into the Ring of Fire.
“Accordingly, we are hopeful that the Provincial Mining Recorder’s Order will be upheld so that we can now assess the mineral potential of these claims and add their surface endowments to an integrated transportation network for the area,” said Smeenk.
Noront chose not to make comment.