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Aston Bay Property or Storm Project (149360)
Proposal Status: Conformity Determination Issued
Project Overview
Type of application: New
Proponent name: Thomas Ullrich
Company: Aston Bay Holdings
Schedule:
Start Date: 2020-06-01
End Date: 2020-09-07
Operation Type: Annual
Project Description:
The Aston Bay Property is located on northern Somerset Island, within the Qikiqtani Region of Nunavut. The nearest community is the hamlet of Resolute Bay, located 112 km north of the Property. The Aston Bay Property includes the Seal Zinc prospect and multiple copper-silver showings, collectively known as the Storm Copper prospect. The Property comprises one hundred eighteen contiguous mineral claims and twelve prospecting permits. The mineral claims and prospecting permits are 100% owned by Aston Bay Holdings Ltd. Aston Bay proposes a continuation of the exploration program already approved under Land Use Permit N2015C0014. A drill program of 5,000-10,000 m is proposed for 2020, with similar programs expected for the next several years. Drill holes will average approximately 200 m in length with a maximum anticipated length of 700 m. Surface work is projected to include mapping, prospecting, sampling, and ground or airborne geophysics. The existing 40-person Storm Camp, with fuel cache and airstrip, will be used to support exploration activities at the Storm Project. Aston Bay is currently applying for a Nunavut Water Board (“NWB”) Type B Water Licence Renewal and Amendment as the current water licence 2BE-STO1520 will expire on June 1, 2020. Additionally, as the CIRNAC Land Use Permit (“LUP”) N2015C0014 will expire April 21, 2021, Aston Bay is also applying for a new Class A LUP. The NWB amendment is requesting an increase in the water allowance, from 82 m3/day (2 m3/day for camp and 80 m3/day for drilling) to 299 m3/day (10 m3/day for camp and 289 m3/day for drilling). In addition, Aston Bay is applying to increase the drilling area to include the entire currently permitted Project Extent, but will ensure that all ground disturbance activities, water use and waste disposal will only occur over lands that have an active mineral tenure held by Aston Bay. No exploration activities, drilling, water use, waste disposal will be undertaken on Inuit Owned Lands (“IOL”), without a licence granted by the Qikiqtani Inuit Association (“QIA”). There are no changes to the scope of work for the Aston Bay Property. The Project was previously determined by NPC to conform to the North Baffin Regional Land Use Plan and a positive screening decision was issued by NIRB under file #10EN013. Please see the attached Management Plans for additional details.
Personnel:
Persons: 40
Days: 92
Project Map
List of all project geometries:
ID Geometry Location Name
6342 polygon AstonBay_Storm_Property_Outline_N83Z15
6343 polygon AstonBay_Storm_Prospecting_Permits_N83Z15
6344 polygon AstonBay_Storm_Mineral_Tenure_N83Z15
6345 point AstonBay_Storm_Camp_Location_N83Z15
6360 polygon AstonBay_Storm_Permitted_Project_Extent_N83Z15
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
Mineral Exploration
Mineral Exploration
Licensing Agencies
NWB: Type B Licence
INAC: Class A Land Use Permit
INAC: Class A Land Use Permit
NWB: Type B Licence
NIRB: Screening Decision Report
NIRB: Screening Decision Report
NIRB: Screening Decision Report
NIRB: Screening Decision Report
NIRB: Screening Decision Report
NIRB: Screening Decision Report
NIRB: Screening Decision Report
NIRB: Screening Decision Report
Other Licensing Requirements
No data found.
Material Use
Equipment
Type Quantity Size Use
Fixed Wing aircraft 1 Twin Otter Transport equipment and personnel into camp.
Helicopter 1-2 AS350B3 1-2 helicopters to transport equipment, supplies and personnel.
Diesel generator 1 Powerline KS1400-T3 (14 kVA) Provide electricity to camp.
Water pump 1-2 2.5-5 HP gas pump Provide water to camp.
Dual Chamber Controlled Air Incinerator 1 Inciner8 I8-20S Incinerate combustible waste.
Diamond drill 1-2 Zinex A-5 Drilling for core rock samples.
Drill water pump 2-3 Kubota KF40 Supply water to the drill(s).
Drill generator 4-6 Honda 5 kW Provide electricity to the drill(s).
All-terrain vehicle 1-2 Quad Local transport around camp.
Fuel Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
Aviation fuel 200 205 Liters Fuel for aircraft.
Gasoline 25 205 Liters Fuel to quads and generators.
Diesel 200 205 Liters Fuel for generators.
Propane 50 100 Lbs Fuel for stove and hot water heater.
Hazardous Material and Chemical Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
Oil 5 4 Liters Oil for quads and generators.
CaCl2 2500 50 Lbs Drilling
Bleach 2 2 Liters Cleaning
Various Cleaning Supplies 8 1 Liters Cleaning sprays such as Lysol, Clorox, Windex
Hydraulic Oil 50 20 Liters Drilling. Majority of oil is on site in the event of unforeseen mechanical failure.
Gun Grease 1 1 Liters Lubrication
Used oil 1 5 Liters Oil unable to be repurposed.
Water Consumption
Daily Amount (m3) Retrieval Method Retrieval Location
299 The water intakes for the camp will use an electrically powered submersible pump with a fine screen (<1/4” openings) on the intake. The drill pumps use a 1” inside diameter suction hose on the diesel pump with a fine screen on the foot valve. For drilling, a fiberglass window screen with a nominal opening size of less than 1/16” is also generally wrapped around the foot valve to prevent the intake of silt and sand into the pump, which can cause considerable damage to the pump chambers. In addition, it is common practice for the drilling contractor to place the foot valve of the intake hose in a perforated 20 L pail, which further protects against harmful materials and fish being entrained into water intake hoses. Camp water source: Aston Bay River, Drilling water source: local sources near drill sites.
Waste and Impacts
Environmental Impacts
Aston Bay 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. Potential environmental impacts of the Aston Bay Property have been negligible and are anticipated to continue to have insignificant impacts on the environment. Effort will be made to avoid disturbances to wildlife and the environment. Denning and nesting sites will be avoided and the locations recorded and provided to the regional wildlife authorities. All archaeological sites will be respected and reported immediately. There will be no discharge of any kind into any water bodies. No drilling will be performed, or sump created, within thirty one (31) metres of the normal high water mark of any water body. Additionally, all hazardous materials will be placed in secondary containment and stored a minimum of 31 metres from the normal high water mark of any water body. For further details please see the attached Spill Prevention and Response Plan, Fuel Management Plan, Waste Management Plan, Abandonment and Restoration Plan, and Environmental Management Plan.
Waste Management
Waste Type Quantity Generated Treatement Method Disposal Method
Hazardous waste 5 L See attached Waste Management Plan for details on individual waste types. All opportunities will be taken to reuse or recycle hazardous waste materials. All hazardous wastes will be placed in sealed containers, labeled and stored within “Arctic Insta-Berms”, or similar, for secondary containment until they can be reused or backhauled for proper recycling or disposal. A hazardous waste storage area will be established adjacent to the main fuel cache.
Non-Combustible wastes Negligible See attached Waste Management Plan for details on individual waste types. Back-hauled and recycled or disposed of properly.
Combustible wastes Negligible to low See attached Waste Management Plan for details on individual waste types. The Aston Bay Property will use a batch feed dual-chamber controlled air incinerator to dispose of combustible solid wastes. All combustible wastes will be burned in accordance with applicable federal and territorial regulations and the Nunavut Department of Environment Guideline for the Burning and Incineration of Solid Waste.
Greywater 10 m3/day Disposed of in dry pits located adjacent to camp; allowed to percolate into overburden; minimum distance of 31 m from nearby water sources Sumps.
Sewage (human waste) 0.20 m3/day See attached Waste Management Plan for details on individual waste types. Incineration
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2020-05-14 12:20:05, from: Celine McEachern
 Hello, Please accept this Project Proposal for Aston Bay Holdings Ltd.’s Aston Bay Property (Storm Property or Storm Project). The Project is currently permitted under CIRNAC Type A LUP #N2015C0014, it expires April 21, 2021. The current Type B Water Licence #2BE-STO1520, expires June 1, 2020. The Project was previously determined by NPC to conform to the North Baffin Regional Land Use Plan and a positive screening decision was issued by NIRB under file #10EN013. The scope of work previously approved by NPC and NIRB for the Project has not changed and will remain the same upon the application of a new CIRNAC LUP and NWB Water Licence Renewal and Amendment. Additionally, no changes to the Water Licence (Type B) or LUP (Type A) categories. The proposed amendments to the Water Licence and LUP are: •An increase in water from 82 m3/day (2 m3/ day for camp and 80 m3/day for drilling) to 299 m3/day (10 m3/day for camp and 289 m3/day for drilling). •Increase the drilling area to include the currently permitted Project Extent, but will ensure that all ground disturbance activities, water use and waste disposal will only occur over lands that have an active mineral tenure held by Aston Bay. No exploration activities, drilling, water use, or waste disposal will be undertaken on Inuit Owned Lands without a licence granted by the Qikiqtani Inuit Association. The scope of work currently permitted includes, and will remain as: •Annual mineral exploration activities of 5,000-10,000 m of diamond drilling (1-2 drills). •Surface work includes mapping, prospecting, sampling, and geophysics. •Supported by the existing 40-person Storm Camp and fuel cache. Authorizations from NPC, NIRB, CIRNAC and NWB have been listed under the ‘Land Use & Licensing’ tab and have been attached under the ‘Documents’ tab. Thank you for your time, we are happy to provide any additional information to ease and expedite this process. Sincerely, Celine McEachern

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?
NO
i. If not, explain why such flights are or may be absolutely necessary.
Aircraft support is required to carry out daily operations at the Aston Bay Property. Fixed wing aircraft will be required to support the mobilization/demobilization of the camp including movement of people, equipment and samples. Helicopter support will be required for daily operations in including pick up/drop off of field personnel and drill rig and fuel moves. When low altitude flights are necessary, such as deploying field personnel, 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.
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:
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