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Application for Renewal of NWB Water Licence 2BE-MRY1421 (149434)
Proposal Status: Conformity Determination Issued
Project Overview
Type of application: New
Proponent name: Christopher Murray
Company: Baffinland Iron Mines Corporation
Start Date: 2021-04-17
End Date: 2026-04-17
Operation Type: Annual
Project Description:
Baffinland Iron Mines Corporation (Baffinland) submits this application for the renewal of the Type “B” Water Licence 2BE-MRY1421 (the “Licence”) for exploration and geotechnical drilling activities under the Mary River Exploration Project. Baffinland is requesting a renewal of the licence for a further five (5) years, from April 17, 2021 to April 17, 2026. The application encompasses activities on all of Baffinland’s mineral leases in the Qikiqtani Region of Nunavut as depicted in the attached Figure 1. The extent of activities has not changed from the extent presented in the current Licence. The Mary River Exploration Project will rely in part on the infrastructure developed for the Mary River Project and permitted under Project Certificate 005 (as amended) and Type A Water Licence 2AM-MRY1325 (as amended), however all activities undertaken as part of the Mary River Exploration Project will be for exploration and geotechnical investigation purposes, and not production activities. All of the activities listed under this renewal application have been permitted in the past and are consistent with exploration and geotechnical drilling activities throughout Nunavut.
Persons: 49
Days: 365
Project Map
List of all project geometries:
ID Geometry Location Name
6955 polygon Mary River Project Exploration Program
Planning Regions:
Affected Areas and Land Types
Inuit Owned Surface Lands
Extablished National or Territorial Park
Settlement Area
North Baffin Planning Region
Project Land Use and Authorizations
Project Land Use
Mineral Exploration
Licensing Agencies
NIRB: Screening Decision Report
NWB: Type B Licence
QIA: Commercial Lease III
QIA: Land Use Licence I
QIA: Land Use Licence I
NTI: 0
INAC: Class A Land Use Permit
INAC: Class A Land Use Permit
INAC: Surface Leases/Licences
Other Licensing Requirements
No data found.
Material Use
Type Quantity Size Use
No records found.
Fuel Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
Diesel 100 200 Liters Drummed fuel for remote camp operation and drilling activities.
Hazardous Material and Chemical Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
No records found.
Water Consumption
Daily Amount (m3) Retrieval Method Retrieval Location
Waste and Impacts
Environmental Impacts
Waste consists mainly of camp wastes and waste from drilling activities. Drilling waste material consist mainly of rock chips, mud, spent brine. These wastes will be disposed in a properly constructed sump or an appropriate natural depression located at a distance of at least thirty-one (31) metres from the ordinary high water mark of any adjacent water body, where direct flow into a water body is not possible and no additional impacts are created. All other wastes are managed under the existing Type A Water Licence 2AM-MRY1325 for the Mary River Project. All camp and domestic wastes will be transported to the Mary River Project camp site for disposal or backhaul.
Waste Management
Waste Type Quantity Generated Treatement Method Disposal Method
No data found.
Category: Application form attachment - Other Authorizations
Recieved: 2020-12-14
Originator: Christopher Murray
Public Registry ID: 18079
Document Size: 300.42 Kb
Category: Application form attachment - Project description
Recieved: 2020-12-14
Originator: Christopher Murray
Public Registry ID: 18078
Document Size: 5303.34 Kb
2020-12-17 14:49:13, from: Goump Djalogue
 Hi, Could you please indetify authorizing agencies for this application? e.g. NIRB, NWB, QIA, NTI, CIRNAC. Goump

2020-12-17 15:25:17, from: Christopher Murray
 Hi Goump, The NWB is the key authorizing agency for this application, as it is a renewal of the existing Type B licence 2BE-MRY1421. The NIRB will also be engaged, however the activities considered under the Type B Licence are included in the existing Project Certificate No. 005 (as amended) for the Mary River Project (NIRB File No. 07EN012), and NIRB previously confirmedin 2011 that additional screening is not required for the previous renewal of the Type B licence. Land access will be required with both QIA and CIRNAC, and we currently hold a commercial lease and several land access permits with QIA and CIRNAC respectively. We also currently hold an exploration agreement with NTI. Please let me know if you require additional detail or if there is further action required from me to update the application. I can be reached at 647-472-9842 if it is easier to discuss. Thank you Chris

2021-01-04 12:17:46, from: Goump Djalogue
 Hi Christopher, Thank you for the information. However, for us to resume the review, you need to log into your application, go to the "Land Use & Licensing" tab, then > "Authorizations”, input all the licensing requirements for this project (by adding them by agency) and finally save and resubmit to us. Do not hesitate to contact me should you have any questions. Thanks, Goump

2021-01-11 19:48:54, from: Christopher Murray
 Hi Goump, I've updated the authorizations section with the current licences/permits/leases/etc. relevant to the application, I hope this provides the required information, please let me know if there is anything outstanding. Thank you Chris


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?
i. If not, explain why such flights are or may be absolutely necessary.
Proposed future camp locations will be resupplied by helicopter from the Mary River Mine Site operation, and will require low level flights as a result. Low level flights may be required for drop off and pickup of personnel and equipment for surveying and prospecting.
ii. If such flights are or may be absolutely necessary, will they avoid disturbance to people and wildlife?
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?

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)?