Road Closures Prompt Call For New Route To Mines

Tuesday, August 01, 2006 at 13:00



A group in the Far North believes the recent forest fires north of La Ronge should be prompting uranium mining companies to find an alternate supply route to some northern mine sites.


Athabasca Economic Development and Training Corporation spokesman Glen Strong points out road closures have threatened the only highway north to mines like Cigar Lake and McClean Lake two years in a row.


This year, it was the forest fires. Last year, a series of washouts created headaches.


Strong believes a link between Cigar Lake and McArthur River would solve that problem, and also give the people of the Athabasca Basin another route south through Pinehouse instead of La Ronge.


Strong also says this might be a project the mining companies undertake themselves.