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Renewal of Water Licence 2BE-GEO1520 (149278)
Proposal Status: Conformity Determination Issued
Project Overview
Type of application: New
Proponent name: Matthew Pickard
Company: Sabina Gold & Silver Corp.
Start Date: 2020-05-30
End Date: 2035-05-29
Operation Type: Annual
Project Description:
Sabina Gold & Silver Corp. (Sabina) is a Canadian-owned exploration company that is actively operating the Back River Project (the Project) in the Kitikmeot, Nunavut Territory. The Project is located approximately 525 km northeast of Yellowknife and 400 km south of Cambridge Bay. The Project includes the Goose and George properties as well as the Marine Laydown Area at Bathurst Inlet. Sabina is the operator for the project and is responsible for maintaining all of the project permits. As the current George property exploration water licence (2BE-GEO1520) with the Nunavut Water Board is expiring on May 29, 2020, Sabina is applying to extend the term of the licence for another 15 years to allow exploration to continue in this area. The scope of camp activities authorized under the current licence will remain unchanged. This includes: •Operation of existing camp at George Lake and additional temporary camps and associated water use and waste management facilities •Exploration and geotechnical drilling •Operation of helicopters and use of the airstrip •Fuel storage •Operation of a winter trails from Bathurst Inlet and between the Back River camps for re-supplying materials •Environmental monitoring There are no changes proposed to the licence as it currently exists. This Project was last reviewed by the NPC during the previous (2015) renewal of this licence. The NPC concluded at that the Project was located outside a planning region and that no further review was required by the NPC, but no NPC file number was provided. George Camp and associated exploration activities have also undergone several screenings by the NIRB under file numbers 06EN033 (prior to 2008) and 08EA084 (since 2008).
Persons: 15
Days: 365
Project Map
List of all project geometries:
ID Geometry Location Name
5998 point SE Corner
5999 point SW Corner
6000 point NE Corner
6001 point NW Corner
6002 polyline 2BE-GEO Water Licence boundary
Planning Regions:
Affected Areas and Land Types
Inuit Owned Surface Lands
Settlement Area
Project Land Use and Authorizations
Project Land Use
Mineral Exploration
Mineral Exploration
Permanent Structures
Scientific Research
Temporary Structures
Winter Access
Licensing Agencies
NWB: Type B Licence
NIRB: Screening Decision Report
KitIA: Land Use Licence I
Other Licensing Requirements
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Material Use
Type Quantity Size Use
Drills 5 5x5 exploration drilling
helicopters 3 5x5 drill support, material and personnel movement
light vehicles 5 5x3 personnel and materials movement
fixed wing aircraft 1 15x10 personnel and materials movement
pumps 10 1x1 camp and drill water supply and transfer
snowmobiles 8 2x1 personnel winter travel
atv 5 2x1 personnel and materials transport
meterological station 2 10x1 meteorological monitoring
small water craft 8 3x2 aquatic monitoring
generators 10 2x2 power generation for camp, lights, drills etc
forklift 2 3x2 material movement
loader 1 4x3 earthworks
backhoe 1 4x3 earthworks
incinerator 1 5x5 Incineration of wastes
Misc. Exploration Equipment Variable 3x3 Miscellaneous additional equipment needed to support exploration activities (e.g. various hand a power tools, core cutting saws, core-box moving equipment, hand pumps, etc)
Fuel Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
Aviation fuel 5 205 Liters Fixed wing aircraft use for personnel and materials movement
Other 800 205 Liters Jet fuel for helicopters - use for personnel movement, drill support and environmental studies
Gasoline 20 205 Liters fuel for atv's, snowmobiles and small watercraft
Propane 70 113 Kg camp support
Diesel 1 150000 Liters Fuel for heavy and light machinery used around camp and on winter trails, including camp generators. Stored in 205 L drums as well as in bulk fuel tanks
Hazardous Material and Chemical Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
preservatives 100 1 Liters various small vials (<10 ml) of preservatives (HCL, H2SO4, NaOH, etc) for water sampling
Calcium Chloride 24000 23 Kg drill water additive to lower freezing point
Antifreeze 50 4 Liters equipment use
Oil 50 20 Liters equipment use and maintenance
hydraulic fluid 20 20 Liters equipment maintenance
Water Consumption
Daily Amount (m3) Retrieval Method Retrieval Location
175 pump and line Asper water licence 2BE-GEO1520
Waste and Impacts
Environmental Impacts
The potential environmental impacts related to the use of water and the disposal of waste from camp operation and drilling are as follows: •Water for the camp water supply is derived from George Lake, which has sufficient capacity •Camp waste is incinerated or removed from site •Greywater is discharged to a wetland with a long flow path to and unnamed lake •Drills and drilling supplies are positioned using helicopters to minimize ground disturbance when the ground is unfrozen. •When drilling on land, salt (calcium chloride) is added to drill water to keep the drill rods from freezing in the hole. •Brine is not required for drilling on the ice into the bottom of larger lakes as these lakes are not underlain with permafrost. •Water from drilling operations is recirculated to minimize the quantity of both water and salt used and to minimize runoff near the drill site. •Drill cuttings are collected and subsequently deposited in a sump •Drilling in lake bottoms occurs within a casing to minimize sedimentation. •At each drill site (except those drilled from ice) drillholes are backfilled with cuttings and cement or bentonite. Cumulative impacts of drilling are minimized because of the above mitigation measures, as well as progressive reclamation (backfilling) of drill holes. Sabina notes that past inspection reports by the CIRNAC Water Resources Inspector have commended Sabina on the handling of wastes and drill hole reclamation.
Waste Management
Waste Type Quantity Generated Treatement Method Disposal Method
Combustible wastes 20 bags/day offsite disposal of ash Incineration or open burning
Greywater 7 m3/day grease trap grease trap and discharged to a wetland with a long flow path to an unnamed lake
Hazardous variable backhauled backhauled to Yellowknife for disposal in an authorized facility
Non-Combustible wastes variable empty drums are drained and crushed backhauled off site for disposal in an authorized facility
Sewage (human waste) 2-3 bags/day incinerator ash is disposed of off-site Pacto toilet waste in bags which are collected and incinerated
Category: Application form attachment - License/ Authorization
Recieved: 2020-01-17
Originator: Matthew Pickard
Public Registry ID: 17221
Document Size: 15.02 Kb
Category: Application form attachment - Project description
Recieved: 2020-01-17
Originator: Matthew Pickard
Public Registry ID: 17222
Document Size: 7569.44 Kb
Category: Application related document - Conformity Determination Letter
Recieved: 2020-01-21
Originator: Peter Scholz
Public Registry ID: 17225
Document Size: 433.23 Kb