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Fisheries and Oceans Canada - Arctic Bay Small Craft Harbour - Geotechnical Program (149425)
Proposal Status: Conformity Determination Issued
Project Overview
Type of application: Amendment
Proponent name: Eleanor McEwan
Company: Fisheries & Oceans Canada - Small Craft Harbours
Start Date: 2021-03-01
End Date: 2021-04-30
Operation Type: Seasonal
Project Description:
Advisian has been retained by Fisheries and Oceans Canada – Small Craft Harbours Program (DFO-SCH) to conduct an engineering feasibility study for the construction of small craft harbour (SCH) for four communities in Nunavut: Arctic Bay, Grise Fiord, Resolute Bay, and Clyde River. To inform the feasibility study, a field program will be undertaken during the 2019 open water season to conduct environmental, geoscience, geophysics and archaeological baseline studies in each location as detailed in Table 1 1 and Figure 1 1 of the attached report. All locations are in the Qikiqtaaluk Region. The field program consists of the following: Marine Field Study Wildlife Field Study Vegetation Field Study Geoscience Field Study Geophysics Field Study Archaeological Field Study Study Areas will be developed prior to mobilization into the field to encompass the following Project components: Small Craft Harbour (SCH) Haul Road and Quarry Disposal at Sea sites (not confirmed if required) All Study Areas will be designed to include the maximum footprint required for construction plus a 100 m buffer. Study areas were not defined at the time of this permit application, but their predicted extent is described in Table 3 1 and displayed in Attachment 1 of the attached report. Field surveys are required to document existing conditions within the Project Study Areas and to support engineering design. A summary of the purpose and proposed methodology for each of the field studies is provided in Table 3 2 of the attached report.
Summary of Modifications:
Advisian has been retained by Fisheries and Oceans Canada - Small Craft Harbours (DFO-SCH) for the Arctic Bay Harbour Development, which is for the design and construction of a small craft harbour. To execute this, its essential to understand the exisiting site conditions to support the engineering design. The existing NPC permit (NPC File No. 149402) and NIRB screening was approved in 2019 for the feasibility studies of four small craft harbours in Arctic Bay, Clyde River, Resolute Bay, and Grise Fiord, the scope of this work included field studies of marine, wildlife, vegetation, geoscience, geophysics, and archaeology. It was then extended in 2020 for an additional marine field program. In the spring of 2021, a geotechnical drilling program is intended to build on the information that was gathered during the previous two field programs. There are no anticipated changes to the potential effects (marine or terrestrial) in the upcoming program. The study areas will include the future harbour basin, and the proposed quarry location. A more comprehensive description of field activities, schedules, and equipment can be found in the attached letter
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List of all project geometries:
ID Geometry Location Name
6925 point Arctic Bay
Planning Regions:
Affected Areas and Land Types
Settlement Area
North Baffin Planning Region
Project Land Use and Authorizations
Project Land Use
Pits and quarries
Scientific Research
Licensing Agencies
INAC: Class A Land Use Permit
NWB: Type B Licence
NRI: Scientific Research Licence
Other Licensing Requirements
No data found.
Material Use
Type Quantity Size Use
Drill 1 5 Tons Drilling Boreholes
Pick Up Truck 1 Crew Cab 3/4 ton Crew Transportation
Fuel Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
Diesel 10 100 Liters Drill rig
Gasoline 1 100 Liters Mobile equipment, remote generators, heaters
Hazardous Material and Chemical Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
Poly Plus 50 9 Kg Drill Rig
Hydraulic Oil 9 20 Liters Drill Rig
10/40 oil 16 4 Liters Drill Rig
Gun Grease 48 1 Liters Drill Rig
methyl Hydrate 20 1 Liters Drill Rig
Transmission Fluid 5 4 Liters Drill Rig
80/90 Gear Oil 15 4 Liters Drill Rig
Antifreeze 20 4 Liters Drill Rig
Water Consumption
Daily Amount (m3) Retrieval Method Retrieval Location
6 pumped by contractor Dead Dog Lake/Alternate Water Supply Lake
Waste and Impacts
Environmental Impacts
Amendment predicted environmental impacts and proposed mitigation: Environmental impacts include an increased risk of harm to wildlife due to unintended interaction, including the attraction or predation of wildlife and pollution of local terrestrial/marine environments. Measures to mitigate these include wildlife monitors, participate in wild life awareness training, properly maintain equipment and perform regular inspections. Specific to the drilling program, impacts include: increased noise, risk of spills, disruption of wildlife life cycles, dust generation, wildlife/vehicle collision, waste generation (including hazardous waste). Mitigation measures include the use of noise reduction technologies (eg sound blankets) to be installed on the rigs, if possible, and the waste will be stored in labelled containers and appropriately segregated based on material. General mitigation measures in place for the handling and storage of waste and material include: - Waste and containters will be stored, handled and disposed of in accordance with labels, MSDS and government regulations. - Engine oils and lubricants will be stored in separate leak-proof containers. - Routine inspection of worksites, equipment, as required to ensure regulatory compliance and spill prevention. - Emergency response kits and spill kits - General housekeeping rules to minimize clutter and reduce incidents. Upon conclusion of the studies, the drill rig and support equipment will be removed from the study area, drill holes will be appropriately filled and capped, and drill cuttings shall be discharged to their marine or terrestrial origin within a small footprint.
Waste Management
Waste Type Quantity Generated Treatement Method Disposal Method
Hazardous waste 700L NA eturned to the south in sealed containers and disposed in accordance with regulatory procedures
Overburden (organic soil, waste material, tailings) negligable NA Pumped back into borehole upon completion
Category: Application form attachment - Project description
Recieved: 2019-05-23
Originator: Victoria Burdett Coutts
Public Registry ID: 18030
Document Size: 6486 Kb
Category: Application form attachment - Project description
Recieved: 2020-11-23
Originator: Eleanor McEwan
Public Registry ID: 18049
Document Size: 1840.64 Kb
Category: Application form attachment - Project description
Recieved: 2020-11-23
Originator: Eleanor McEwan
Public Registry ID: 18050
Document Size: 1869.37 Kb
Category: Application form attachment - Project description
Recieved: 2020-12-08
Originator: Eleanor McEwan
Public Registry ID: 18063
Document Size: 3290.2 Kb
Category: Application related document - Conformity Determination Letter
Recieved: 2019-06-03
Originator: Goump Djalogue
Public Registry ID: 18032
Document Size: 237.73 Kb
Category: Application related document - Conformity Determination Letter
Recieved: 2020-12-10
Originator: Goump Djalogue
Public Registry ID: 18069
Document Size: 228.31 Kb
2020-12-08 09:12:03, from: Goump Djalogue
 Per your request, I am returning the application to you to remove the attached consultation summary report. At the end, please save your changes and resubmit the application to us. Regards


Environmental Protection:
s3.13.8: The applicant undertakes to prevent any new occurrences of pollution, garbage and contamination at the site of the development.

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.

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.

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.

Low-Level Air Flights:
Appendix H, s3: Will the applicant avoid all low-level flights?

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?

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

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?

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)?

Scientific Research:
s3.9.3: Does the project proposal involve scientific research?

Consultation with Nunavut Research Institute:
s3.9.5: Has the applicant consulted with the Nunavut Research Institute about research topics that would benefit or interest local residents?
i. Describe the results of your consultation.
Application for extension of existing
Local Services and Local Employment:
s3.9.4: Will the applicant rely on local services and employment where possible?
i. Describe the services retained and the people to be employed.
The geotech team will require local support such as wildlife monitors, etc.

Communication on Scientific Research:
s3.2.8: The applicant will, at minimum, translate a summary of its work into Inuktitut and communicate with communities using language that is clear and non-technical. The results of all scientific re