Baffinland Mines gets court order allowing access to Mary River airstrip

Mary River Mine, Nunavut Canada. (Photo: Baffinland)
Mary River Mine, Nunavut Canada. (Photo: Baffinland)

Judge orders mine protesters to let employees on site to return home.

As reported by Nunatsiaq News, Inuit protesters from Arctic Bay and Pond Inlet in Arctic Canada set up blockades at Baffinland Iron Mine Corp.’s Mary River mine on Thursday, Feb. 4.

A judge has ordered protesters blockading the airstrip and road to Baffinland’s Mary River iron mine to allow employees to leave.

Baffinland lawyer Brad Armstrong submitted an application for an injunction on Tuesday after the company issued a news release stating it was considering all options to end the airstrip blockade, which continued for its seventh day on Wednesday.

On Feb. 4, a group of seven hunters from Arctic Bay and Pond Inlet arrived at the mine site and shut down the airstrip and road that leads to Milne Inlet, in protest of a proposed expansion of the mine that would double its output.

The company has said there are more than 700 employees at the mine site and the blockades are preventing supplies from coming in and employees from leaving.

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