Noront's CEO, Wes Hanson states: "We are very concerned that our community partners feel that their only recourse is to deny logistical access to the ice strip
at Kopper Lake to all companies in the Ring of Fire.
We're flying manpower and freight up the coast to the Victor mine site on the 5,000-foot ice strip
," Basaraba says.
They landed on an ice strip
lit by blazing oil barrels at the remote Amundsen-Scott station.
Nuna Logistics and M & T Services Ltd have been contracted to mobilize equipment for the opening of an ice strip
to accommodate a C-130 Hercules aircraft in mid-March.
Their camp is currently served by an ice strip
on nearby Copper Lake during winter, and by float plane and helicopter during the summer.
Change was happening so fast that Wabasse led a well-publicized two-month long blockade of the winter ice strips
on Koper Lake in 2008 to bring exploration drilling to a halt.