Aboriginal band council brings counterclaim against junior miner Platinex

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TORONTO (CP) _ The Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug band and its council have filed a counterclaim against junior miner Platinex Inc. (TSXV:PTX) seeking an injunction to stop the company's exploration program on the Big Trout Lake property in Northern Ontario.

 

The motion will be heard at the same time as Platinex's injunction later this month, the company said.

 

The First Nations ban also gave notice it is bringing a third-party claim against the Ontario government.

 

In April, Platinex applied for an injunction against the Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug First Nation requiring the preservation of equipment that it left at a prospective platinum property.

 

The Toronto company, which had planned a $1.2-million drilling program this winter, announced Feb. 27 that work had been delayed by the blockade of an access road and landing strip constructed by people protesting the exploration.

 

In March, the company announced further delayed as the Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug First Nation sought consultation with provincial government officials.