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Back River Project (148691)
Proposal Status: Conformity Determination Issued
Project Overview
Type of application: Amendment
Proponent name: Mr. Matthew Pickard
Company: Sabina Gold & Silver Corp.
Schedule:
Start Date: 2018-01-01
End Date: 2018-12-31
Operation Type: Annual
Project Description:
Sabina is in the process of permitting the proposed Back River Project (the Project), located in the West Kitikmeot region of Nunavut. Sabina leads coordinating research activities for the project and engages multiple specialists to support research acquisition. A Final Environmental Impact Statement was submitted to NIRB in November 2015. It is anticipated that all required baseline information has been collected for the proposed Project, but information gaps could be identified during the regulatory process. Additional field studies may also be required to support potential changes and refinements to engineering studies. A potential study area that encompasses all potential Project infrastructure and access corridors is shown on the map provided with this proposal. If baseline information is collected in 2018, it will focus on specific areas, as regional-type information has already been collected over the years. However, at this early date, it is not possible to define the exact areas where baseline data may be collected from. The proposed ongoing baseline program would be conducted starting on January 1, 2018 and could continue for a full year until December 31, 2018. However, the same baseline and scientific studies may continue in subsequent years and we are asking for a 3 year multi-year permit. Baseline studies could include the following environmental components: o Site-specific meteorological data collection (meteorological stations at Goose camp, George camp, and Bathurst Inlet) o Site-specific air quality data collection o Site-specific noise data collection o Site-specific deep groundwater sampling o Site-specific permafrost data collection o Surface hydrology and bathymetric data collection o Freshwater sampling for water, sediment, and aquatic biology o Freshwater fish and fish habitat sampling o Marine sampling for water, sediment, and aquatic biology o Marine fish and fish habitat sampling o Soil sampling o Wildlife and wildlife habitat (vegetation) sampling The local climate has been and likely will continue to be monitored through 3 meteorological stations that continuously record information on winds, precipitation, humidity, temperature, and other related characteristics. Air quality and noise have been and may be monitored with the use of dustfall traps and noise monitors. A deep groundwater well was installed in 2013 and this well may continue to be sampled to collect samples of deep groundwater. Various thermistors are in place already near the 2 exploration camps. This work may continue, and/or additional thermistors may be installed. Surface hydrology may be measured at streams in the area by the use of data-loggers installed in the streams before freshet. Lake water level fluctuations and lake bathymetric information may also be collected by data loggers and GPS/boat methods. Freshwater samples may be collected for water, sediment, and aquatic biology. This could include streams and lakes. Freshwater fish and fish habitat sampling may take place following the protocols of the required DFO permits. Marine samples may be collected for water, sediment, and aquatic biology. Marine fish and fish habitat sampling may take place following the protocols of the required DFO permits. Baseline data collection on various wildlife species may occur, and involve a number of methods which would all be outlined in detail in the required GN-DOE wildlife permit. Information may be collected on the following wildlife species: migratory birds, waterbirds, raptors, seaducks, wolverine, caribou, muskox, grizzly bear, wolves, foxes, seals. Non-invasive methods such as remote camera may be used. Additional information on wildlife habitat may be collected which would include vegetation and possibly soil sampling. Any baseline sampling would be based logically out of the existing Goose or George exploration camps, and could include snowmobiles, helicopters, boats, hiking, or fixed-winged aircraft. Any baseline sampling will be minimized during periods sensitive to wildlife. Any baseline data obtained would be compiled in to baseline reports and/or incorporated into the the Type A Water License Application where appropriate or in accordance with the annual reporting requirements of any existing licenses, permits or authorizations.
Summary of Modifications:
The amendment does not represent a change in scope for the Project. All activities as currently defined will be consistent with the activities undertaken in previous years and consistent with current authorizations.
Personnel:
Persons: 20
Days: 300
Project Map
List of all project geometries:
ID Geometry Location Name
3282 polygon Back River Project
Planning Regions:
Qikiqtani
Affected Areas and Land Types
Inuit Owned Surface Lands
Settlement Area
Project Land Use and Authorizations
Project Land Use
Mine Development
Scientific Research
Licensing Agencies
KitIA: Boulder: Staking/prospecting, exploration (ground/air geophysics), geophysical survey, gridding and drilling
KitIA: Boot: Exploration (air/ground geophysics), staking, prospecting, fly/survival camp and drilling
KitIA: Goose: Staking/prospecting, exploration (ground/air geophysics), drilling, bulk sampling, bulk fuel storage, camp, winter road
KitIA: George: Staking/prospecting, exploration (ground/air geophysics), drilling, bulk sampling, bulk fuel storage, camp, winter road
KitIA: Winter road Bathurst Inlet to Goose and George
KitIA: Goose rock quarry
KitIA: Goose airstrip borrow area
KitIA: George borrow quarry
INAC: Winter road connecting George-Goose
INAC: Winter road connecting Bathurst Inlet - Back River Project
INAC: Exploration activities
NWB: Goose water licence
NWB: George water licence
Other Licensing Requirements
No data found.
Material Use
Equipment
Type Quantity Size Use
No records found.
Fuel Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
No records found.
Hazardous Material and Chemical Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
No records found.
Water Consumption
Daily Amount (m3) Retrieval Method Retrieval Location
0
Waste and Impacts
Environmental Impacts
Waste Management
Waste Type Quantity Generated Treatement Method Disposal Method
No data found.
Category: Application form attachment - Project description
Recieved: 2018-01-16
Originator: Matthew Pickard
Public Registry ID: 13493
Document Size: 150.23 Kb
Category: Application form attachment - Project description
Recieved: 2018-01-16
Originator: Matthew Pickard
Public Registry ID: 13494
Document Size: 28.67 Kb
Category: Application form attachment - Project description
Recieved: 2018-01-16
Originator: Matthew Pickard
Public Registry ID: 13495
Document Size: 31.08 Kb
Category: Application form attachment - Project description
Recieved: 2018-01-16
Originator: Matthew Pickard
Public Registry ID: 13496
Document Size: 50.04 Kb
Category: Application form attachment - Project description
Recieved: 2018-01-16
Originator: Matthew Pickard
Public Registry ID: 13497
Document Size: 903.26 Kb
Category: Application related document - Conformity Determination Letter
Recieved: 2018-01-19
Originator: Peter Scholz
Public Registry ID: 13524
Document Size: 504.77 Kb