The Ring of Fire

NEWS: May 9th - Cliff Resources announced that it would be moving to the "feasibility" stage of developing chromite deposits in the McFaulds Lake area in the James Bay lowlands, and had selected Capreol, in the Sudbury basin, as the site for the ferrochrome smelter to process the chromite.

CBC Morning North - Thursday May 10, 2012 - Cliffs Resources' chromite smelter decision
Listen to Podcasts of inteviews with Bill boo,  Vice-President of Cliffs Resources and Brennain Lloyd, Project Coordinator for Northwatch, talking about the decision to locate a smelter for chromite from the Ring of Fire mineral deposit in Capreol.


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Ontario Could Get Burned by Flawed Ring of Fire Process, MiningWatch Canada

Waboose Lashes Out At Minister

Cliffs may export 40% of chromite from Ontario Ring of Fire for processing

May 9, 2012 9:00 AM: McGuinty Government Supports Responsible Ring Of Fire Mining Development

May 9, 2012: Cliffs' Canadian Based Chromite Project Advances to Feasibility Study Phase

MiningWatch Canada Fact Sheets on Envirnmental and Health Concerns with Chromite Mining and Smelting




The Projects

Cliff Resources proposes to develop an open pit/underground chromite ore mine that is expected to operate for about 30 years at a predicted extraction rate of 6,000 to 12,000 tonnes/day (t/d) and ore processing facility. The proposal also includes an Integrated Transportation System consisting of a new north-south all-weather access road corridor and a new Ferrochrome Production Facility, which would be at a different location than the mine site. The Project mine site is located approximately 540 km north of the City of Thunder Bay, Ontario and 240 km west of James Bay in an area known as the "Ring of Fire" in Northern Ontario. (Source: EIS Guidelines). The project is the subject of a Comprehensive Study Process under the federal Canadian Environmetnal Assessment Act.

Noront Resources proposed project consists of constructing, operating and eventually decommissioning an underground nickel-copper-platinum multi-metal mine at a mining rate of approximately 2,960 tonnes per day which represents an anticipated mine life of approximately 11 years. The proposal also includes an underground concentrate processing facility, an all-season access road from Pickle Lake to Webequie Junction, concentrate pipeline from Webequie Junction to the mine site and ancillary mine infrastructure. The project mine site is located approximately 540 km north of the City of Thunder Bay, Ontario and 240 km west of James Bay in an area known as the "Ring of Fire" (Source: EIS Guidelines). The project is the subject of a Comprehensive Study Process under the federal Canadian Environmetnal Assessment Act.


Overview of Chromite Mineralization and Exploration in Ontario, courtesy of MNDM

The Product and Processing

The basics about chromite, its processing and products, courtesy of Wikipedia

Economic Analysis of the Ring of Fire Chromite Mining Play, courtesy of MiningWatch Canada

Sudbury blog posting "Cliffs Chromite Project and the Environmental Assessment Process", courtesy of Steve May

The Problems


MiningWatch Canada Fact Sheets on Envirnmental and Health Concerns with Chromite Mining and Smelting

Case study of Chromite ore-processing solid waste generated from ferrochrome alloy production acting as a major source of hexavalent chromium to ground water. (US EPA)

Chromite ore processing residue in Hudson County, New Jersey (Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health)


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