Mining company seeking contempt ruling against remote First Nation

 

Mining company seeking contempt ruling against remote First Nation

 

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THUNDER BAY, Ont. – The latest chapter in the ongoing saga between a mining company and a remote First Nation community begins Friday in a Thunder Bay courtroom.

 

Platinex Inc. will be in Superior Court to argue a contempt-of-court motion against Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug.

 

The Toronto-based mining company has been thwarted in attempts to begin drilling on mining leases it holds in the Big Trout Lake area.

 

On Oct. 25, Justice Patrick Smith allowed Platinex to begin the first phase of drilling and archeological pre-screening activity.

 

But nothing has happened due to concern over safety in the wake of opposition from band members and residents.

 

Neal Smitheman, counsel for Platinex, says the hearing follows a full day of consultations between Platinex, representatives of the First Nation and the government of Ontario.

 

(The Canadian Press)(Thunder Bay Chronicle-Journal)