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Production Increase, Fuel Tank and Milne Port Accomodations - Project Modification to Project Certificate No. 005 - 08MN053 (149260)
Proposal Status: Conformity Determination Issued
Project Overview
Type of application: Amendment
Proponent name: Megan
Company: Baffinland
Schedule:
Start Date: 2018-10-01
End Date: 2020-12-31
Operation Type: Annual
Project Description:
Baffinland Iron Mines Corporation (Baffinland) is a Canadian mining company operating the Mary River Mine Project (the Project). The Project is an open pit iron ore mine located in the Qikiqtani Region of Nunavut on northern Baffin Island, approximately 160 km south-southwest of the nearest community of Pond Inlet (Mittimatalik) and 1,000 km north-northwest of the territorial capital of Iqaluit. Baffinland received regulatory approval for the Project in 2012. The Approved Project authorizes Baffinland to mine up to 18 Million tonnes per year (Mtpa) from Deposit No. 1. In 2014, Baffinland received approval for an amendment to the Project, called the Early Revenue Phase (ERP), which allows for the additional extraction, transport and shipment of 4.2 Mtpa along a tote road to Milne Port where the iron ore is then shipped to international markets. This application is requesting approval to increase the amount of iron ore that is trucked from the mine to Milne Port for shipment to market, to increase fuel storage at Milne Port to support current operational requirements and proposed operational increases, and for the construction of a new camp facility that will improve employee and contractor accommodations and allow for growth in the Project workforce as required. Pending regulatory approval, Baffinland anticipates that the 6 Mtpa Modification will be in operation by October 2018. The operations and closure phase is consistent with the Approved Project. There are no proposed changes to the currently approved shipping season (mid-July to mid-October) or shipping corridor. Purpose and Need Baffinland has demonstrated operational improvements and efficiencies over the first three years of production. This proposal will benefit our employees, the Company, contractors and other interested Parties as increased production minimizes the risk of having to cease road haulage early in the year. The current Project Modification is an interim measure in advance of approval of the Phase 2 proposal which would realize shipments of iron ore up to 12 mtpa. The Phase 2 proposal places the company in a position to sustain fluctuating iron ore market prices and increase cash flow for the advancement of the Approved Project (18 mtpa via the southern transportation corridor). Project economics have continued to be a key driver in the development of the Mary River Project. However, the company has currently positioned itself during the first three years of operation to increase the efficiency of the trucking operation and allow for advancement of production limits under current operations. The transportation of iron ore via truck is a cost prohibitive means to move ore to market in comparison to rail transportation. Therefore the company is applying for Phase 2 approval which would allow for transportation of ore via rail, the preferred mode of transportation over long distance, for shipment of ore to market. To maintain current operations and ready for proposed future phases of the Project, Baffinland also needs to increase fuel storage at Milne Port, and improve the conditions and size of accommodations at the Port. BIM is experiencing high turnover rates within the Milne Port workforce. Several returning contractors will not send their employees to site because of the current condition of accommodations. Approximately 50% of the personnel who resigned in 2016 cited poor accommodations as the main reason for leaving. Upgraded camp facilities will improve the condition of accommodations at Milne Port. Improving accommodations at the site will improve the working conditions at the site. Effects of the Proposed Activities on the Environment All activities and components associated with the 6 Mtpa Modification and the development of the camp facility will be located entirely within the Project Development Area for the Approved Project. The activities associated with this application will not result in any change to the footprint of direct physical disturbance, nor the determinations of significance for any aspects of the physical or social environment that were previously assessed in the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) and ERP Addendum FEIS for the Approved Project. Baffinland currently operates the Project in accordance with previously obtained regulatory approvals and conditions for mitigating and monitoring effects of the Approved Project on the environment. Should any unanticipated effects on the environment occur as a result of the activities proposed in the scope of this application occur, Baffinland will implement adaptive mitigation measures as required. Consultation Opportunities Information related to this application will be shared with Project stakeholders through a number of different engagement activities during 2018, including the Project Annual Review Forum with the QIA, community open houses, Working Group meetings and other consultation opportunities. Local Baffinland Community Liaison Officers will also share information with the North Baffin HTOs and Hamlets about this application and Baffinland will consider feedback from stakeholders during construction and implementation of proposed activities, where practicable.
Summary of Modifications:
Baffinland is requesting the extension of the production increase limits on ore transportation of 6Mtpa be extended for a single year past the current expiry date of December 31, 2019. This will require the modification of Terms and Conditions 179(a) and 179(b) in Project Certificate 005 to set December 31, 2020 as the new expiry date. This single year increase is a significantly smaller scope than what was approved by the NPC in 2018, which was for an increase to 6Mtpa in perpetuity
Personnel:
Persons: 900
Days: 365
Project Map
List of all project geometries:
ID Geometry Location Name
5946 polyline ShippingRoute_MilneInletEclipseSound
5947 polygon NorthernTransporationCorridor
Planning Regions:
Kivalliq
Affected Areas and Land Types
Inuit Owned Surface Lands
Settlement Area
North Baffin Planning Region
Project Land Use and Authorizations
Project Land Use
Mine Development
Temporary Structures
Licensing Agencies
NIRB: 0
NWB: Type A Licence
QIA: Commercial Lease I
Other Licensing Requirements
No data found.
Material Use
Equipment
Type Quantity Size Use
Fuel Tank 1 32.5 x 18.3 To store Arctic Diesel at Milne Port
380 person Accomodation Camp 1 280 x 120 To improve accommodations at Milne Port and increase available bed capacity to meet operational needs.
Fuel Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
Diesel 1 15000000 Liters Arctic diesel stored at Milne Port is used to supply project related trucks, the power plant, and other port users.
Hazardous Material and Chemical Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
No records found.
Water Consumption
Daily Amount (m3) Retrieval Method Retrieval Location
111 Fixed Water Intake Jetty, Floating Hose Phillips Creek and Km 32 Lake
Waste and Impacts
Environmental Impacts
The volume of sewage effluent associated with operation of the 380-bed camp for the Milne Port Camp Modification is 136 m3/day. This effluent will be treated to meet the same effluent quality discharge limits as the existing sewage treatment plant at Milne Port, in accordance with the Water Licence. The volume of wastewater to be generated by the Milne Port Camp Modification is less than the expected volume of water already approved under the current Water Licence. The vendor for the camp has provided a performance guarantee to ensure that the waste water meets the discharge criteria specified in the Water Licence. Regular sampling of waste water discharge will continue as required under the Water Licence and other permits.
Waste Management
Waste Type Quantity Generated Treatement Method Disposal Method
Sewage (human waste) 136 m3/d This effluent will be treated to meet the same effluent quality discharge limits as the existing sewage treatment plant at Milne Port, in accordance with the Water Licence. Waste associated with the Milne Port Camp Modification will be managed in a manner that is consistent with waste management for the Approved Project.
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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?
YES

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

MINING
Mining Development:
s3.6.5: Is the proposal for mining development?
NO
Negative Effects:
s3.6.6: Has the applicant planned to minimize the negative effects of its activity on the environment?
YES
If yes, include with the application a mine closure and restoration plan and the proof of complete financial guarantees for the abandonment and restoration of the site.

Hunting Restrictions:
s3.6.9: The applicant is informed of any special hunting restrictions that may apply to the area and will strictly enforce them at its mine sites and along transportation routes.
YES

Carving Stone Deposits:
Appendix H, s9. Will the applicant report any discoveries of carving stone deposits to the Qikiqtani Inuit Association?
YES