READ MORE: Ontario government tears up Ring of Fire agreements with First Nations to pursue individual agreements Better road infrastructure in the North, including year-round roads, can reduce the costs of delivering consumer goods, fuel and building materials. Roads also provide municipalities with better access to basic health care and other services. Cliffs Natural Resources, of Cleveland, Ohio, initially had an ”ambitious timeline for the operation of the Black Thor chromite storage site,” hoping to complete environmental assessment authorizations and permits by the end of 2013 (IRM). In September 2003, a junior company, Freewest Resources Canada, began studying Black Thor using air geophysics and soil geophysics.  In February 2008,  Results of a chromite prospecting area estimated at 2 kilometres (1.2 miles), a depth of 200 metres (660 feet) and a width of 40 metres (130 feet) with an estimated 72 megatonnes of chromite (42% Cr2O3).  in September 2009. . .