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Kahuna Gold Project (148971)
Proposal Status: Conformity Determination Issued
Project Overview
Type of application: New
Proponent name: Terry Bursey
Company: Solstice Gold Corp
Schedule:
Start Date: 2019-02-01
End Date: 2024-01-31
Operation Type: Annual
Project Description:
The Kahuna Gold Property (the “Property” or the “Project”) is located on Crown and Inuit Owned Land (“IOL”) in the Kivalliq Region of Nunavut, within the 1:250,000 scale NTS map sheets, 55J, K, N and O. The Property consists of 74 Mineral Claims owned 100% by Solstice Gold Corp. (Solstice) and 19 Mineral Claims owned 50% by Solstice and 50% Dunnedin Ventures Inc. (DVI), approximately 10 km southwest of the community of Chesterfield Inlet and 30 km northeast of the community of Rankin Inlet (see “Kahuna Gold Project Location” Figure). The Project area is currently covered by Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada (“CIRNAC”) Land Use Permit (“LUP”) N2015C0019, Nunavut Water Board (“NWB”) water licence 2BE-KDP1722 and Kivalliq Inuit Association (“KIA”) Land Use Licences KVL315B01 and KVRW16F01, held by Dunnedin Ventures Inc. (DVI). DVI is in the process of submitting amendments to the land and water use authorizations to remove the area covered by the Kahuna Gold Property, therefore removing any overlap in permits and licences. The proposed work program will consist of staking, general mineral exploration (i.e. geological mapping, prospecting, geochemical sampling, lake bottom bathymetry, airborne and ground geophysical surveying) and diamond drilling. A total of 20,000 m of drilling (in approximately 75 to 100 holes), using 1 to 2 drills, are anticipated to be completed during the term of the authorizations. At this time, the drillhole locations have not been identified, but will be strictly confined to the Property Boundary as identified on the Kahuna Gold Project Location” Figure. As soon as definitive locations are identified for drilling CIRNAC, NWB and the KIA (if on IOL) will be notified and supplied with coordinates, GIS data (such as shapefiles) and maps. The Kahuna Gold Property mineral exploration programs will be supported by a temporary, seasonal exploration camp with fuel cache, located in the southern portion of the Property (575940E/ 6990898N, NAD83 Zone 15) on Mineral Claim K90309, 100% owned by Solstice. The Kahuna Camp is currently authorized under CIRNAC LUP N2015C0019 and NWB water licence 2BE-KDP1722, held by DVI. An agreement between the companies is in place allowing DVI to have a camp on a mineral claim, which is owned 100% by Solstice and authorizing Solstice to use the camp, which is permitted/licenced by DVI. A Solstice fuel cache will be established adjacent to the DVI Kahuna Camp fuel cache and will be authorized in the new Solstice CIRNAC LUP and NWB water licence. The Solstice fuel cache will contain 300 drums (61,500 L) of diesel, gasoline and aviation fuel. In addition, small temporary fuel caches (less than 4,000 L), may be required to supply the drilling and exploration programs. Within 10 days of the establishment of any temporary fuel cache, CIRNAC, NWB and the KIA (if on IOL) will be notified of the details of the cache including: coordinates, fuel type, container sizes, method of storage and proposed date of removal. The temporary fuel cache coordinates will also be included in the annual reports submitted to CIRNAC, NWB and the KIA. Exploration programs are anticipated to commence approximately February 1st and conclude approximately September 30th, annually. The average number of people on site at one time will be 20, for a total of approximately 4,840 man-days. Drilling equipment and fuel will be mobilized in February from Rankin Inlet to the Kahuna Camp either via an overland winter trail, using Caterpillar Challengers and cargo sleds or by helicopter. The overland winter trail access is currently permitted by DVI under KIA Land Use Licence KVRW16F01 and an agreement between the companies is in place allowing Solstice to use the trail under the DVI Licence. While using the overland winter trail, Solstice will strictly adhere to the terms and conditions of Land Use Licence KVRW16F01, issued to DVI. A Solstice Right of Way Licence for use of the overland winter trail is currently under review with the KIA (a land and water use licence application is also under review with the KIA for exploration and drilling on the portion of the Property that is located on IOL). Personnel and supplies will be transported to the Property either via a chartered plane or helicopter from either Chesterfield Inlet or Rankin Inlet. One to two heli-portable diamond drill rigs will be used for the program. The drills will be configured such that they can be mounted on skids and when snow conditions allow, can be moved from drill site to drill site via overland haul using a Caterpillar Challenger. Drill crews will be based in the Kahuna Camp. As conditions allow, daily crew changes and service runs will be made by snowmobile and/or Bombardier tracked vehicles. For safety, a helicopter will be based on site and will be utilized to service the rig and drill crews when ground access is not feasible. During the summer months, a helicopter supported drilling/exploration program will be undertaken and field crews will be transported to the work area, and drills moved from site to site, via helicopter. The Project will be demobed in September by Helicopter and/or chartered fixed-wing aircraft. Prior to subsequent years program commencement all the regulatory authorities and will be notified and supplied with updated schedules. The general exploration, drilling and camp activities for the Kahuna Diamond Project have been previously screened under NPC file numbers 148166, 148367 and 148649 and NIRB file number 15EN028 for DVI . The changes from the original DVI authorizations is an increase in the total meterage of drilling, the addition of the Solstice fuel cache next to the DVI fuel cache and that Solstice is exploring for gold while DVI is exploring for diamonds. The Project boundary has not increased, the mineral claim ownership is just now spilt between the two companies. Any subsequent amendments or changes to the Kahuna Camp permits and licences held by DVI will be discussed and coordinated with Solstice, to ensure the ability to support Solstice exploration activities as per the “Plan of Arrangement” between DVI and Solstice.
Personnel:
Persons: 20
Days: 242
Project Map
List of all project geometries:
ID Geometry Location Name
4669 polygon 2018_Solstice_Kahuna_Gold_Property_Outline_n83z15
Planning Regions:
Kitikmeot
Affected Areas and Land Types
Inuit Owned Surface Lands
Settlement Area
Keewatin Planning Region
Project Land Use and Authorizations
Project Land Use
Mineral Exploration
Winter Access
Licensing Agencies
NIRB: Screening Decision Report
KivIA: Land Use Licence III
NWB: Type B Licence
INAC: Class A Land Use Permit
Other Licensing Requirements
No data found.
Material Use
Equipment
Type Quantity Size Use
Fixed Wing Aircraft 1 Twin Transportation, mobilization/demobilization - crews, supplies & equipment
Helicopter 1 A Star, Long Ranger (or similar) Transportation - crews, supplies & equipment
Water pump 2 1 HP Water for drill(s)
Generator 2 12 Kw or 20 Kw Power for drilling equipment
Snowmobile 2 350cc Transportation - crews, supplies & equipment
Diamond drill 1 to 2 Heli-portable Boyles 17 A, Zinex A5 (or similar) Core collection
Caterpillar Challenger 65s 1 to 2 265 HP, with steel sleds Mobilization of drill, fuel, equipment
Small Aluminum Boat 1 14 - 16 ft utility boat Lake bottom bathymetry survey
Fuel Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
Aviation fuel 150 205 Liters Fuel for aircraft
Diesel 145 205 Liters Fuel for drilling equipment
Gasoline 5 205 Liters Fuel for drilling equipment and snowmobiles
Hazardous Material and Chemical Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
Oil 1 20 Liters Drilling equipment. Only a small amount of oil or other hazardous materials will be stored at the drill at a time.
Hydraulic Fluid 1 20 Liters Drilling equipment. Only a small amount of lubricants or other hazardous materials will be stored at the drill at a time.
Water Consumption
Daily Amount (m3) Retrieval Method Retrieval Location
200 Water will be extracted from waterbodies adjacent (> 31 m) to the drillholes using a submersible pump with a fine (< 1/4 opening) screen on the intake to prevent fish entrapment. Numerous waterbodies within Property Boundary
Waste and Impacts
Environmental Impacts
Solstice Gold Corp. is firmly committed to the protection and conservation of the natural environment, and to ensuring the health and safety of all employees, contractors, and people in surrounding communities. Exploration activities at the Kahuna Gold Property will be assessed for environmental impact risks and every measure available will be taken to ensure the protection and preservation of the natural environment. Although no significant residual impacts to wildlife or the environment are expected to occur as a result of the implementation of the Kahuna Gold Project, the following summarizes a number of potential risks that may be present and the mitigation measures in place to reduce those risks. 1. Risks to Water. Surface water hydrology can be disrupted from removal of water for drilling use. Water use at drill sites will be drawn from an applicably sized body of water so as to not impact hydrology (such as drawn down) or aquatic habitat. Surface water quality may be affected by hazardous materials spills. Nonhazardous and biodegradable drill additives will be used whenever possible. Any residual drill water, including cuttings and additives, will be contained in sumps. Sumps will be positioned down slope from the drill collar in such a manner that runoff flows into the sump. Sumps will be positioned a minimum of 31 m from the normal high water mark of any waterbody. Activities that may result in sedimentation will be avoided. 2. Air Quality. Impacts on air quality can result from discharge of exhaust from helicopters, drilling operations and generators. Given the remote location with lack of air quality issues, which currently exists within the Project location, the short duration and small scope of activities are not expected to result in any measurable air quality impacts. 3. Soil Quality. Soil quality can be impacted from spills of hazardous materials and waste discharge. Preventative measures include appropriate and approved storage locations and containers with secondary containment. All hazardous materials use, storage and transfer will be a minimum 31 m away from any waterbody. Refueling will be done with precision and appropriate due-diligence will be taken. Drums and hoses will be inspected regularly for leaks and pans or absorbent pads will be placed below fuel transfer areas and stationary machinery. See the Kahuna Gold Property Spill Prevention and Response Plan for additional information. 4. Wildlife (including habitat and migration patterns). Wildlife can be displaced through loss of habitat, disturbed by noise (helicopter, generators, drilling), or human interaction. Habitat loss can result in displacement of animals. Disturbance can cause stress-induced health problems and mortality. Physical fish habitat (stream beds) could be impacted from drill activity. Water extraction at drill sites can affect fish populations. Mitigation procedures for reducing the impact of activities on wildlife will include, but not be limited to the following: - All personnel will be trained on wildlife-human interaction/encounters procedures. - Pre-drilling reconnaissance site visits prior to drilling activities will assist in identifying sensitive wildlife habitat. - Wildlife sightings will be recorded and this information will be passed on to other members of the crew. - Proper storage of hazardous materials, garbage, food and any other potential attractants will be ensured to avoid exposure to wildlife. - All personnel will be aware of, and will follow, wildlife deterrence techniques (including proper storage and disposal of food) to reduce the possibility of attracting wildlife to drill and exploration areas. - All personnel will have bear safety training and will be aware of the penalties for shooting polar bears, even in self defense. - Operations will be modified or suspended if there is a potential to affect seasonal migration or nesting activities. - Appropriate screens will be placed over all water intakes in order to reduce the potential for fish entrapment. - Some species require specific monitoring and mitigation strategies (such as caribou, muskox, birds and predatory mammals like wolf, bear, wolverine and fox) and therefore Solstice will implement the appropriate mitigation measures as required. See the Kahuna Gold Property Environmental Management Plan for additional information regarding wildlife disturbance mitigation measures. 5. Archaeological and Palaeontological Sites. Work in remote areas may help identify new archaeological and/or palaeontological sites, but these important sites/artifacts can be disturbed or destroyed if proper precautions are not taken. All staff and contractors will be properly trained in identification of potential sites and what do to when a site is located. If an archaeological or palaeontological artifact or site is discovered, work in the area will be immediately stopped and the Department of Culture, Language, Elders and Youth, CIRNAC and the KIA will be notified. Nothing will be removed, disturbed, or displaced at any archaeological or palaeontological site. See the Kahuna Gold Property Environmental Management Plan for additional information.
Waste Management
Waste Type Quantity Generated Treatement Method Disposal Method
Combustible wastes Variable to Negligible All combustible waste will be Backhauled to the Kahuna Camp for incineration in accordance with the terms and conditions of CIRNAC LUP N2015C0019 and NWB water licence 2BE-KDP1722, held by Dunnedin Ventures Inc. See the Kahuna Gold Property Waste Management Plan for additional information. All combustible waste will be Backhauled to the Kahuna Camp for incineration in accordance with the terms and conditions of CIRNAC LUP N2015C0019 and NWB water licence 2BE-KDP1722, held by Dunnedin Ventures Inc. See the Kahuna Gold Property Waste Management Plan for additional information.
Greywater 200 m3/day Drilling will utilize recirculation and filtration systems to minimize loss of water and drill additives. Nonhazardous and bio-degradable drilling fluids will be used at all times where ever possible. Drilling fluids will be directed to a properly constructed sump or an appropriate natural depression, at least 31 m from the ordinary high-water mark of any waterbody so direct flow into a waterbody is not possible and no additional impacts are created. If available, coarse gravel will be placed in the bottom of the sump to provide filtration, and supports will be built on the sides to prevent slumping. When full, sumps will be covered with enough material to allow for future ground settlement. See the Kahuna Gold Property Waste Management Plan for additional information. Drilling will utilize recirculation and filtration systems to minimize loss of water and drill additives. Nonhazardous and bio-degradable drilling fluids will be used at all times where ever possible. Drilling fluids will be directed to a properly constructed sump or an appropriate natural depression, at least 31 m from the ordinary high-water mark of any waterbody so direct flow into a waterbody is not possible and no additional impacts are created. If available, coarse gravel will be placed in the bottom of the sump to provide filtration, and supports will be built on the sides to prevent slumping. When full, sumps will be covered with enough material to allow for future ground settlement. See the Kahuna Gold Property Waste Management Plan for additional information.
Hazardous Variable All waste oil or other hazardous waste will be backhauled to the Kahuna Camp for transportation to an accredited disposal facility in accordance with the terms and conditions of CIRNAC LUP N2015C0019 and NWB water licence 2BE-KDP1722, held by Dunnedin Ventures Inc . See the Kahuna Gold Property Waste Management Plan for additional information. All waste oil or other hazardous waste will be backhauled to the Kahuna Camp for transportation to an accredited disposal facility in accordance with the terms and conditions of CIRNAC LUP N2015C0019 and NWB water licence 2BE-KDP1722, held by Dunnedin Ventures Inc . See the Kahuna Gold Property Waste Management Plan for additional information.
Non-Combustible wastes Variable All solid waste, including bulky items and scrap metal will be backhauled to the Kahuna Camp for transportation to an accredited disposal/recycling facility in accordance with the terms and conditions of CIRNAC LUP N2015C0019 and NWB water licence 2BE-KDP1722, held by Dunnedin Ventures Inc. See the Kahuna Gold Property Waste Management Plan for additional information. All solid waste, including bulky items and scrap metal will be backhauled to the Kahuna Camp for transportation to an accredited disposal/recycling facility in accordance with the terms and conditions of CIRNAC LUP N2015C0019 and NWB water licence 2BE-KDP1722, held by Dunnedin Ventures Inc. See the Kahuna Gold Property Waste Management Plan for additional information.
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 The applications submitted by Solstice will not change the level of authorizations issued by CIRNAC (Class A LUP), NWB (Type B water licence) and KIA (Class III and Right of way Licences) as were previously screened under NPC file numbers 148166, 148367 and 148649 and NIRB file number 15EN028 for Dunnedin Ventures Inc.

KEEWATIN QUESTIONAIRE

GENERAL
Environmental Protection:
s2.4.9: The applicant undertakes to prevent any new occurances of pollution, garbage and contamination at the site of the development.
YES

Removal of Fuel Drums:
s2.4.9: 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:
s2.4.15 and Appendix 2,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:
s5.4.4 and Apendix 2, s3: Will the applicant avoid low-level flights?
NO
i. If not, explain why such flights are or may be absolutely necessary.
Low altitude flights will be necessary for the Project, such as deploying field personnel and airborne geophysical surveying. All efforts will be taken to avoid wildlife, dwellings, and nests. Pilots will be instructed not to land where wildlife is present unless it is an emergency situation. If a landing occurs for any reason in the presence of wildlife, it will be documented and submitted to CIRNAC, NWB and the KIA as part of the “Wildlife and Environment” section of the Kahuna Gold Property Annual Report.
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:
s2.4.6 and Appendix 3: Will the applicant comply with the Caribou Protection Measures outlined in section 2.4.6 and in Appendix 3?
YES

Caribou Water Crossings:
Will the applicant avoid, between May 15 and September 1, to construct any camp, cache any fuel or conduct s2.4.6 and map: any blasting within 10 km of any Designated Caribou Water Crossing identified
YES

ARCHEOLOGY
Reporting of Archaeological Sites:
s4.4.3 and Appendix 3, s2 and s8: Will the applicant immediately report the discovery of all suspected archaeological sites to the Government of Nunavut?
YES

PARTICULAR AREAS
Game Sanctuary:
s2.4.1: Is the project proposal located, in whole or in part, within the Thelon Game sanctuary?
NO

Bird Sanctuary:
s2.4.1: Is the project proposal located, in whole or in part, within the Mc Connell River Migratory Bird Sanctuary, the Harry Gibbons Migratory Bird Sanctuary or, the East Bay Migratory Bird Sanctuary
NO

Southern Southampton Island and Coats Island:
s3.4.5: Is the project proposal located, in whole or in part, in southern Southampton Island and Coats Island?
NO
If yes, does the project proposal involve hydrocarbon exploration?
YES
Municipal Lands:
s1.4.3: Is the project located, in whole or in part, within municipal boundaries?
NO

PARTICULAR ACTIVITIES

Uranium Development and Mining:
s3.4.5, s3.4.6: Does the project proposal involve either uranium development or uranium mining?
NO


New Land Use:
Does the project proposal involve a new type of land use never engaged in before in the region?
NO

Code of Good Conduct for Land Users:
Appendix 2: The applicant undertakes to adhere to the Code of Good Conduct at all times.
YES