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Nunavut Fibre Optic Shore Landing Field Study (149185)
Proposal Status: Conformity Determination Issued
Project Overview
Type of application: New
Proponent name: Victoria Burdett Coutts
Company: Advisian
Start Date: 2019-08-15
End Date: 2019-09-15
Operation Type: Annual
Project Description:
Advisian has been retained by the Government of Nunavut – Community and Government Services (CGS) to conduct a field study (the Program) on the Nunavut landing locations for a fibre optic cable that is proposed to be installed from Nuuk, Greenland to Nunavut (the Project). The two landing locations that have been proposed for the Project are Iqaluit (63° 43.926'N, 68° 27.581'W) and Kimmirut (62° 50.733'N, 69° 52.068') (see Figure 1-1 attachment). Iqaluit is in Koojesse Inlet, Frobisher Bay on south end of Baffin Island in the Qikiqtaaluk Region. These landings are both located on Commissioners Land. The Project was submitted to the Nunavut Impact Review Board (NIRB) for Screening (NIRB File No. 18UN050, NPC File No.148937) with the Project Description submitted to NPC on October 18, 2018. The Nunavut Planning Commission (NPC) referred the project to Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) and NIRB consulted with DFO during the Screening process. DFO responded January 16, 2019 that there was insufficient information provided in the territorial application to make a determination on whether or not serious harm would result from Project construction (DFO File No. 18-HCAA-01701, DFO 2019). On 28 February 2019, NIRB issued a screening decision report (SDR), which recommended the Project did not require further review pursuant to paragraph 92(1)(a) of the Nunavut Planning and Project Assessment Act (NuPPAA) (NIRB 2019), and can proceed subject to the conditions defined. On 14 March 2019, the NIRB recommendations and SDR received approval from the Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada Minister (CIRNAC, CIRNAC 2019). This decision applies to the marine environment located within the Nunavut Settlement Area (NSA) as per the Nunavut Agreement. To support the federal permitting processes such as with Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), a field study will be undertaken during the 2019 open water season to investigate the marine habitat in the footprint of the cable. The field study will investigate the habitat characteristics of intertidal and subtidal seabed. A Study Area will be developed prior to mobilization into the field to encompass the footprint of the fibre optic cable from the high water line to approximately 70 m chart datum (CD) water depth. The Study Area will be designed to include the maximum footprint required for construction plus a 100 m buffer. References DFO (2019) Subject: Notice of Screening and Comment Request for GN’s “Undersea Fibre Optic Cable Installation’ Project Proposal. DFO File No. 18-HCAA-01701. January 16, 2019 NIRB (2019) Screening Decision Report. NIRB File No. 18UN050. NPC File No. 148937) February 28, 2019 CIRNAC (2019) Ministerial Approval. March 14, 2019
Persons: 2
Days: 6
Project Map
List of all project geometries:
ID Geometry Location Name
5713 point Kimmirut Fibre Optic Landing
5714 point Iqaluit Fibre Optic Landing
Planning Regions:
Affected Areas and Land Types
Settlement Area
Project Land Use and Authorizations
Project Land Use
Scientific Research
Licensing Agencies
DFO: Fish for Scientific Purposes Permit
NRI: Scientific Research Licence
NIRB: Screening Decision Report
Other Licensing Requirements
No data found.
Material Use
Type Quantity Size Use
remote operated vehicle (ROV) 1 2 ft x 2ft x 1.5 ft underwater video survey to determine habitat characteristics of the subtidal seabed
generator 2 1.5 ft x 1.5 ft x 1.5 ft power supply for marine subtidal survey and geophysics survey
ipad 1 GPS and photographs for survey georeferenced map will be generated and the Avenza PDF app to document GPS locations. Photographs will be taken as needed to support field survey
depth sounder 1 1ft x 1ft x 8 inches depth record for conducting subtidal habitat survey
conductivity, temperature, depth (CTD) 1 3ft x 1ft x 1ft device used to assist in water quality parameters. conductivity, temperature and salinity during water quality survey
Niksin sampler 1 1.5 ft x 6 inch diameter collection device to get water from depth during water quality survey
Fuel Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
Gasoline 2 20 Liters fuel for boat for ROV survey and for generator to run ROV
Hazardous Material and Chemical Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
formaldehyde 1 5 Liters preservative for infaunal sediment samples. to be dilluted to be formalin
ethanol 1 3 Liters potential to use ethanol to preserve amphipods if found in intertidal
Water Consumption
Daily Amount (m3) Retrieval Method Retrieval Location
Waste and Impacts
Environmental Impacts
There will be minimal impact to the marine environment as the survey to be conducted is non invasive.
Waste Management
Waste Type Quantity Generated Treatement Method Disposal Method
Sewage (human waste) NA NA Group is small (2 to 3 people) and will be staying in accommodation that is within the community
Non-Combustible wastes small garbage bag NA waste will be packed out and disposed at land fill facility in Iqaluit before departing from Nunavut
Category: Application form attachment - Project description
Recieved: 2019-07-05
Originator: Victoria Burdett Coutts
Public Registry ID: 16745
Document Size: 209.6 Kb
Category: Application form attachment - Project description
Recieved: 2019-07-15
Originator: Victoria Burdett Coutts
Public Registry ID: 16756
Document Size: 1638.79 Kb
Category: Application form attachment - Project description
Recieved: 2019-07-15
Originator: Victoria Burdett Coutts
Public Registry ID: 16757
Document Size: 1638.79 Kb
Category: Application form attachment - Project description
Recieved: 2019-07-15
Originator: Victoria Burdett Coutts
Public Registry ID: 16758
Document Size: 20.87 Kb
Category: Application related document - Conformity Determination Letter
Recieved: 2019-07-17
Originator: Goump Djalogue
Public Registry ID: 16773
Document Size: 247.28 Kb
2019-07-08 08:55:31, from: Victoria Burdett Coutts
 Hi Goump, as discussed I have submitted our application. Translations in South Baffin Inuktitut are underway. I will also have translations completed in French but I understand these are only required for the NIRB process. Let me know if I am mistaken. thank you Victoria

2019-07-14 21:02:24, from: Goump Djalogue
 Please revise projects' start and end date. Thanks . Goump

2019-07-15 14:24:05, from: Victoria Burdett Coutts
 South Baffin translations for the application form and project summary have been uploaded