Ring of Fire concerns must be addressed before moving ahead with project: Wynne

TORONTO – Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne says the governing Liberals must address environmental and First Nations concerns before moving ahead with developing the Ring of Fire.

She says there are a lot of “moving parts” in the massive mining project in northern Ontario and the government needs to “get it right.”

Her comments come after one of the major players in developing the Ring of Fire urged the government to ensure the company has access to the chromite deposit.

U.S.-based Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. has been unable to build an all-weather road to the site because it would cross land staked by a rival company.

It says the project is in a “tenuous state” and if it can’t get access to the deposit, it will consider pulling out.

Both the New Democrats and the Progressive Conservatives say the economic potential of the project is too important to lose.

Tory critic Norm Miller says the Liberals should get all the parties together to work out a solution and expedite a transportation link.

New Democrat Michael Mantha says the government is letting businesses lead the development and should be more involved in the discussions.