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Rankin Inlet Propylene Glycol Leak Investigation (149393)
Proposal Status: Conformity Determination Issued
Project Overview
Type of application: New
Proponent name: Megan Larose
Company: Qulliq Energy Corporation
Schedule:
Start Date: 2020-07-23
End Date: 2020-07-27
Operation Type: Annual
Project Description:
QEC transfers heat to eleven business and Government buildings in Rankin Inlet including the Rankin Inlet Health Centre through a District Heat System (DHS) made up of a series of underground pipelines that carry a 50/50 mixture of propylene glycol and water. Sometime over the course of 2019, pressure dropped in the District Heat System (DHS) and it is suspected that between 30,000 and 40,000 litres of the 50/50 propylene glycol and water mixture was released into the ground. QEC was able to determine that the issue was associated with the portion of the buried pipeline feeding the Rankin Inlet Health Centre and isolated the problem area from the rest of the system. It is unknown at this time what the cause of the release may have been or the exact location of the release along this segment of pipeline. QEC reported the release to the Spill Report Line, Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) and the GN Department of Environment (DoE) pollution prevention Division on November 3, 2019. Additional investigation into the location of the pipeline failure and extent of the release was not completed at the time given frozen ground conditions. QEC committed to further investigation into the cause and location of the leak with the completion of a third party sampling program (e.g., soil and water) to determine any impacts this release may have and any risks it may pose. QEC is planning to have a third party contractor go to Rankin Inlet to investigate the propylene glycol leak. This work will require excavation of six (6) test pits adjacent to a road way (Kivalliq Street) and four (4) test pits to the east, away from the road way. The additional sample collection area will exclude the mine tailings area and restricted development area as zoned by the Hamlet of Rankin Inlet. While the project is located within the Hamlet of Rankin Inlet, two sample locations are located within or near Lot 650 Plan 2786 which is Inuit Owned Land. The Kivalliq Inuit Association has been contacted; however, currently awaiting authorization to access the online KIA Land Management Application to submit an application for a Certificate of Exemption. The field work is scheduled to occur July 23 to 27.
Personnel:
Persons: 2
Days: 4
Project Map
List of all project geometries:
ID Geometry Location Name
6432 point f2020774266751-RankinInletApproximateSampleLocations
6434 polygon Approximate Additional Sampling Area (four additional test pits)
Planning Regions:
Kitikmeot
Affected Areas and Land Types
Municipal
Settlement Area
Keewatin Planning Region
Project Land Use and Authorizations
Project Land Use
Other
Licensing Agencies
KitIA: Exemption Certificate
Other Licensing Requirements
No data found.
Material Use
Equipment
Type Quantity Size Use
Excavator 1 standard Excavation of ten (10) test pits to collect soil samples
Fuel Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
Diesel 1 345 Liters The only fuel use will be for the excavator which will be provided by the equipment operator
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
No predicted adverse environmental impacts. The leak investigation will involve the excavation of test pits to a minimum depth of 0.6m to collect soil samples at ten (10) locations. If water infiltrates the excavation a water sample will also be collected. Once the sampling is complete, each test pit will be back filled.
Waste Management
Waste Type Quantity Generated Treatement Method Disposal Method
No data found.
Category: Imported geometry - proect geometry
Recieved: 2020-07-07
Originator: Megan Larose
Public Registry ID: 17872
Document Size: 9.77 Kb
Category: Imported geometry - proect geometry
Recieved: 2020-07-07
Originator: Megan Larose
Public Registry ID: 17874
Document Size: 13.39 Kb
Category: Application form attachment - Project description
Recieved: 2020-07-08
Originator: Megan Larose
Public Registry ID: 17875
Document Size: 795.24 Kb
Category: Application form attachment - Project description
Recieved: 2020-07-13
Originator: Megan Larose
Public Registry ID: 17880
Document Size: 993.44 Kb
Category: Application related document - Conformity Determination Letter
Recieved: 2020-07-14
Originator: Peter Scholz
Public Registry ID: 17882
Document Size: 289.12 Kb

KEEWATIN QUESTIONAIRE

GENERAL
Environmental Protection:
s2.4.9: The applicant undertakes to prevent any new occurances of pollution, garbage and contamination at the site of the development.
YES

Removal of Fuel Drums:
s2.4.9: 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:
s2.4.15 and Appendix 2,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:
s5.4.4 and Apendix 2, s3: Will the applicant avoid low-level flights?
YES

Caribou Protection Measures:
s2.4.6 and Appendix 3: Will the applicant comply with the Caribou Protection Measures outlined in section 2.4.6 and in Appendix 3?
YES

Caribou Water Crossings:
Will the applicant avoid, between May 15 and September 1, to construct any camp, cache any fuel or conduct s2.4.6 and map: any blasting within 10 km of any Designated Caribou Water Crossing identified
YES

ARCHEOLOGY
Reporting of Archaeological Sites:
s4.4.3 and Appendix 3, s2 and s8: Will the applicant immediately report the discovery of all suspected archaeological sites to the Government of Nunavut?
YES

PARTICULAR AREAS
Game Sanctuary:
s2.4.1: Is the project proposal located, in whole or in part, within the Thelon Game sanctuary?
NO

Bird Sanctuary:
s2.4.1: Is the project proposal located, in whole or in part, within the Mc Connell River Migratory Bird Sanctuary, the Harry Gibbons Migratory Bird Sanctuary or, the East Bay Migratory Bird Sanctuary
NO

Southern Southampton Island and Coats Island:
s3.4.5: Is the project proposal located, in whole or in part, in southern Southampton Island and Coats Island?
NO
If yes, does the project proposal involve hydrocarbon exploration?
YES
Municipal Lands:
s1.4.3: Is the project located, in whole or in part, within municipal boundaries?
YES

PARTICULAR ACTIVITIES



New Land Use:
Does the project proposal involve a new type of land use never engaged in before in the region?
NO

Code of Good Conduct for Land Users:
Appendix 2: The applicant undertakes to adhere to the Code of Good Conduct at all times.
YES