Mining firms want action on Ring of Fire

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From left, Andrew Mitchell of Cliffs Natural Resources, Philip Murray of Hatch Mott MacDonald, and Paul Semple of Noront Resources, participate in a panel discussion about the Ring of Fire on Wednesday. The event was hosted by the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce.
(Brent Linton)
From left, Andrew Mitchell of Cliffs Natural Resources, Philip Murray of Hatch Mott MacDonald, and Paul Semple of Noront Resources, participate in a panel discussion about the Ring of Fire on Wednesday. The event was hosted by the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce. (Brent Linton)

Some of the province’s key mining industry players were in Thunder Bay on Wednesday to urge the government to open up the Far North by taking advantage of their plans for new mines in the Ring of Fire belt.
“There’s a real opportunity to get this process started on the back of some industrial projects,” said Noront Resources chief operating officer Paul Semple.
Semple was a member of a panel of mining and First Nation representatives championing a joint report by the Thunder Chamber of Commerce and its provincial affiliate on the benefits to the entire province from development in the Ring of Fire.
The report says the mineral-rich zone about 500 kilometres northeast of Thunder Bay will generate $25 billion in economic activity for the province over the next 30 years, but suffers from a lack of key infrastructure like roads and power corridors.
“The Ring of Fire has long tentacles, and its impacts will reach far to the south,” Semple noted.

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