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Fury and Hecla Geoscience Project (148689)
Proposal Status: Conformity Determination Issued
Project Overview
Type of application: New
Proponent name: Holly Steenkamp
Company: Canada-Nunavut Geoscience Office
Schedule:
Start Date: 2018-07-03
End Date: 2019-09-30
Operation Type: Annual
Project Description:
The Fury and Hecla Geoscience Project will be led by the Canada-Nunavut Geoscience Office (CNGO) in collaboration with experts and students from several Canadian Universities. The project’s mandate is to fill some of the last remaining gaps in geoscience knowledge on Baffin Island. The project will require field work in the summers of 2018 and 2019 to cover NTS sheets 47E, F, G, and H, and parts of 37C and F, 47C and D, and 48A. In 2018, field work will be staged from Igloolik and based from a temporary camp on the lower Gifford River from July 11 to August 15. Bedrock and surficial geology mapping and sampling will be focused on the southern half of the study area, and use two helicopters to transport crews to their work sites each day. Mapping teams will collect visual observations, photographs, fist-size samples, and the natural magnetic and radioactive properties of the rocks and sediments. The 2019 field season will be conducted in the northern part of the study area, with targeted visits on northern Melville Peninsula. The timeframe for field work and the mapping methods will be similar to the 2018 field season. A suitable camp site for the 2019 work will be chosen during the 2018 field season. This project will facilitate new research projects for 1 MSc and 4 PhD students from several Canadian universities through a Strategic Partnership Grant from the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada. In general, thematic research projects will be focused on: the tectonic history of the area; the possible record of Earth’s early lifeforms in old sedimentary rocks; the thickness of beds and presence of fossils in younger sedimentary rocks; and the glacial history of the region, including past variations in sea-level during the last ice age. The project will also help identify and assess the potential for uranium, iron ore, base- and precious-metals, diamond-kimberlites, carving stone, oil-bearing shale, and aggregate occurrences and deposits. Community consultation in Igloolik and Arctic Bay is planned for March 2018, when advice and suggestions from the Hamlet councils, HTO’s, and the public will be incorporated into this project proposal. The project will require numerous local contracts with businesses and individuals in Igloolik, including for expediting, storage, groceries, local accommodations, wildlife monitors, and a camp-cook assistant. The project results will be published as new maps and georeferenced datasets, field reports and scientific peer-reviewed journal articles, and through presentations made at international and national conferences. All products will be made available for free download from the CNGO’s website and Natural Resources Canada’s GEOSCAN website. This project will provide the fundamental baseline information to better understand the geological history of Baffin Island, promote new mineral resource exploration, and support future land-use planning strategies in Nunavut.
Personnel:
Persons: 21
Days: 38
Project Map
List of all project geometries:
ID Geometry Location Name
3431 polygon Fury & Hecla Geoscience Project permit boundary (18-19)
Planning Regions:
Qikiqtani
Kivalliq
Affected Areas and Land Types
Inuit Owned Surface Lands
Settlement Area
North Baffin Planning Region
Project Land Use and Authorizations
Project Land Use
Scientific Research
Scientific Research
Licensing Agencies
INAC:
NIRB:
NRI:
NWB:
QIA:
Other Licensing Requirements
No data found.
Material Use
Equipment
Type Quantity Size Use
Twin Otter on tundra tires 1 2-engine Aircraft will be used to mobilize and demobilize field equipment, personnel, and fuel to and from Gifford River Camp (2018) and the 2019 camp (TBD).
Bell 206 LR Helicopter 2 206 LR Two Bell 206 LR helicopters will be used to transport field crews from camp to work sites daily. One machine will be dedicated to bedrock mapping crews from July 10th to August 16. The other machine will be dedicated to surficial and Paleozoic geology crews from July 18th to August 16th, and will be utilized to make crew changes and pick up groceries and supplies weekly from Igloolik.
Honda gas-powered generator 1 3000W A Honda generator will be used to power the camp electronics and communication infrastructure.
Homelite AP125 Water Pump 1 7000L/hr A water pump will be used to collect water from a nearby source to water containment barrels for use around camp.
GeoStove 6 32,000BTU GeoStoves will be set up in each of the Office, Dry storage/Shower, and VIP tents for heating purposes. These stoves are fueled with diesel.
Refrigerators 2 9 cubic feet To store perishable food. Propane powered.
Cook Stove 2 4 burner with oven To cook food. Propane powered.
Portable Incinerator 1 200 L Small incinerator for burning combustible garbage. Diesel used to assist combustion.
Rock Saw 1 12 blade Diamond-crusted saw blade, used to cut samples for preparations and shipping. Uses gasoline/oil mixture fuel.
Water Heater 1 unknown A water heater will be requested as part of the Camp Build Contract. The type will be determined by the contracted company. Hot water will be needed for dishes and personal hygiene.
Fuel Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
Aviation fuel 180 205 Liters Helicopter and fixed-wing aircraft for 2018 and 2019 field seasons. To be mobilized to camps and fuel caches within the study area.
Diesel 8 205 Liters To power GeoStoves and Incinerator
Gasoline 4 205 Liters To power Honda generator, water pump, and rock saw.
Propane 8 100 Lbs To power refrigerator, cook stoves, and water heater.
Hazardous Material and Chemical Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
No records found.
Water Consumption
Daily Amount (m3) Retrieval Method Retrieval Location
1 Gas-powered pump (7000 L/hr) Gifford River (2018), and likely Jurgensen River (2019)
Waste and Impacts
Environmental Impacts
Please review Appendix A (uploaded in the Documents Section) for complete details about the environmental impacts of waste generated during this undertaking, and proposed mitigation measures.
Waste Management
Waste Type Quantity Generated Treatement Method Disposal Method
Greywater 900 L/day (0.90 m3/day Kitchen greywater will be filtered through a Grease Trap. Greywater from the kitchen sinks, shower and wash basin will be disposed of in pits dug in sandy, well-drained soil located >50m from the high-water mark of nearby water bodies.
Sewage (human waste) 100 L/day (0.10 m3/day) Pits will be re-covered with soil as necessary. All pits will be covered and restored, as best as possible, to their original natural state at the end of the field seasons Sewage waste will be deposited in pits dug in sandy, well-drained soil located >50m from the high-water mark of nearby water bodies, and downstream from water collection points for camp use.
Combustible wastes 50 L/day All metal and glass will be kept separate from combustable waste. Combustible wastes will be burned in a portable, small industrial incinerator. Ash will collected routinely and stored in sealed buckets. The buckets will be transported to Igloolik and disposed of at the municipal landfill.
Non-Combustible wastes 5 L/day Glass and metal will be crushed to reduce volume. Non-combustible wastes, such as metal and glass, will be separated from combustible materials and stored for transport to Igloolik where it can be disposed of at the municipal landfill.
Category: Imported geometry - proect geometry
Recieved: 2018-02-19
Originator: Holly Steenkamp
Public Registry ID: 13671
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Category: Imported geometry - proect geometry
Recieved: 2018-02-19
Originator: Holly Steenkamp
Public Registry ID: 13672
Document Size: 6.51 Kb
Category: Application form attachment - License/ Authorization
Recieved: 2018-02-20
Originator: Holly Steenkamp
Public Registry ID: 13678
Document Size: 261.93 Kb
Category: Application form attachment - License/ Authorization
Recieved: 2018-02-20
Originator: Holly Steenkamp
Public Registry ID: 13676
Document Size: 212.88 Kb
Category: Application form attachment - License/ Authorization
Recieved: 2018-02-20
Originator: Holly Steenkamp
Public Registry ID: 13677
Document Size: 497.62 Kb
Category: Application form attachment - Project description
Recieved: 2018-02-20
Originator: Holly Steenkamp
Public Registry ID: 13673
Document Size: 846.53 Kb
Category: Application form attachment - Project description
Recieved: 2018-02-20
Originator: Holly Steenkamp
Public Registry ID: 13674
Document Size: 585.34 Kb
Category: Application form attachment - Project description
Recieved: 2018-02-20
Originator: Holly Steenkamp
Public Registry ID: 13675
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Category: Application related document - Conformity Determination Letter
Recieved: 2018-03-13
Originator: Goump Djalogue
Public Registry ID: 13785
Document Size: 212.52 Kb

NORTH BAFFIN QUESTIONAIRE

GENERAL
Environmental Protection:
s3.13.8: The applicant undertakes to prevent any new occurrences of pollution, garbage and contamination at the site of the development.
YES

Removal of Fuel Drums:
s3.13.8: The applicant undertakes to remove all drums safely from the site and dispose of the drums in a safe manner.
YES

New Site Restoration and Clean Up:
s3.13.1 and Appendix H, s1: The applicant undertakes to clean up the site and restore the site to its natural condition to the greatest extent possible.
YES

Old Site Restoration and Clean Up:
s3.13.2: The applicant undertakes to clean up the site and restore the site to its original condition to the greatest extent possible, including any work required due to the applicant's action prior to this application.
YES

Low-Level Air Flights:
Appendix H, s3: Will the applicant avoid all low-level flights?
NO
i. If not, explain why such flights are or may be absolutely necessary.
Fixed-wing Aircraft will be required to land at camp and fuel cache sites during mobilization and demobilization routines. Rotary aircraft will be required to take-off and land at camp sites daily, as well as targeted sites within the study area boundary in order to drop-off and pick-up field crews. These are the only times that low-level flights are necessary.
ii. If such flights are or may be absolutely necessary, will they avoid disturbance to people and wildlife?
YES
iii. If not, explain why it is not possible to avoid such disturbance.

Caribou Protection Measures:
s3.3.7 and Appendix D: Will the applicant comply with the Caribou Protection Measures outlined in section 2.4.6 and in Appendix D?
YES

Caribou Water Crossings:
s3.3.7 and map: Will the applicant avoid, between may 15 and September 1, to construct any camp, cache any fuel or conduct any blasting within 10 km of any Designated Caribou Water Crossing identified
YES

Polar Bear Denning Areas and Walrus Haul-outs:
s3.3.8: Will the applicant keep its activities away from any polar bear denning area or walrus haul-out?
YES

HERITAGE RESOURCES
Reporting of Archaeological Sites:
s3.11.3 and Appendix H, s2 and s8: Will the applicant immediately report the discovery of all suspected archaeological sites to the Department of Culture, Language, Elders and Youth (GN)?
YES

SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH
Scientific Research:
s3.9.3: Does the project proposal involve scientific research?
YES
If yes, will the applicant integrate all available and relevant local and traditional knowledge when conducting its research?
YES

Consultation with Nunavut Research Institute:
s3.9.5: Has the applicant consulted with the Nunavut Research Institute about research topics that would benefit or interest local residents?
YES
i. Describe the results of your consultation.
NRI is aware of the ongoing Fury and Hecla Regional Geophysical Survey, and we have discussed the potential impacts of that work with regards to local interest and land-use planning. The Fury and Hecla Geoscience Project, proposed here, will build from the geophysical survey's findings, and offer even more information to local people about the make-up of their land. These topics have been discussed in the past with NRI.
Local Services and Local Employment:
s3.9.4: Will the applicant rely on local services and employment where possible?
YES
i. Describe the services retained and the people to be employed.
Please see Appendix A for a complete description of required local services and employment.

Communication on Scientific Research:
s3.2.8: The applicant will, at minimum, translate a summary of its work into Inuktitut and communicate with communities using language that is clear and non-technical. The results of all scientific re
YES