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Kahuna Gold Property (149461)
Proposal Status: Conformity Determination Issued
Project Overview
Type of application: New
Proponent name: Martin Tunney
Company: Solstice Gold Corporation
Schedule:
Start Date: 2021-03-16
End Date: 2021-09-30
Operation Type: Annual
Project Description:
Solstice is applying for an amendment to their Nunavut Water Board Water (“NWB”) Licence, 2BE-KGP1823, and Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada (“CIRNAC”) Land Use Permit, N2018C0020, to establish a 40-person camp on the Property. The water licence amendment will also include an increase in the water allowance from 200 m3/day (for drilling) to 299 m3/day (10 m3/day for the new camp and 289 m3/day for drilling). Solstice is applying to the Kivalliq Inuit Association (“KIA”) to renew Inuit Land Use Licenses KVL318B01 and KVRW18F02, which authorize prospecting, exploration, drilling and use of the Kahuna Winter Road. The Kahuna Gold Property is located on Crown land and Inuit Owned Land (“IOL”) in the Kivalliq Region of Nunavut. The Property is approximately 10 km southwest of Igluligaarjuk (Chesterfield Inlet) and 30 km northeast of Kangirliniq (Rankin Inlet). The Property comprises 72 mineral claims (79,567.46 ha) held 100% by Solstice Gold Corp. and 19 mineral claims held jointly with Kodiak Copper Corp. (“Kodiak,” formerly Dunnedin Ventures Inc.). Solstice Gold Corp. has primary rights on 9,022 ha of the jointly held claims, for a total Property area of 88,589 ha. Solstice proposes annual exploration programs which will include general exploration activities such as rock, soil, and till geochemical sampling, geological mapping, ground and/or airborne geophysical surveys and up to 20,000 m of diamond or reverse circulation (“RC”) drilling. The annual programs may commence as early as February 2021, beginning with mobilization of equipment and supplies the overland Kahuna Winter Trail from Rankin Inlet to the Property. Drilling could commence mid-March to mid-May to test targets below lakes, with drilling of land targets commencing mid-June through September. Ground based prospecting and sampling activities would follow in June. Exploration activities will be supported by ground access in the winter where conditions allow, utilizing tracked vehicles to facilitate crew changes and drill moves. A helicopter and/or fixed wing aircraft will be on site and will be utilized for mobility when ground access is not feasible. Previous work on the Property was supported out of Kodiak’s Kahuna Camp (2018), Rankin Inlet (2019) or from a small temporary fly camp (2020). A new 40-person Solstice camp will be required to support proposed exploration activities going forward. The camp structures may include up to 16 sleeper tents, medical tent, kitchen, dry tent, office, shop, core shack, core cutting shack, generator housing, incinerator, and toilet facilities. The Solstice fuel cache currently permitted adjacent to the Kodiak Kahuna camp will be moved to the new Solstice camp.
Personnel:
Persons: 40
Days: 242
Project Map
List of all project geometries:
ID Geometry Location Name
7019 point Proposed_Solstice_Camp_Location_n83z15_20200119
7023 polygon Solstice_Kahuna_Gold_Drilling_Area_n83z15_20210119
7024 polygon Solstice_Kahuna_Gold_Mineral_Claims_n83z15_20210119
7025 polygon Solstice_Kahuna_Gold_Property_Outline_n83z15_20210126
Planning Regions:
Kitikmeot
Affected Areas and Land Types
Inuit Owned Surface Lands
Settlement Area
Keewatin Planning Region
Project Land Use and Authorizations
Project Land Use
Mineral Exploration
Mineral Exploration
Winter Access
Licensing Agencies
NWB: Type B Licence
INAC: Class A Land Use Permit
KivIA: Land Use Licence III
KivIA: Right of Way Agreement
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 or similar Transport equipment and personnel to camp.
Helicopter 1 A-star or similar Transport equipment , supplies and personnel.
Generator 4-6 Honda 5 kW or similar Provide electricity for drilling.
Generator 1-2 Powerline KS1400-T3 (14 kVA) or similar Provide electricity to camp.
Water Pump 1-2 2.5-5 HP gas pump or similar Camp water supply.
Water pump 2-3 Kubota KF40 or similar Drilling water supply.
Dual chamber controlled air incinerator 1 Inciner8 I8-20S or similar Incineration of waste.
Diamond drill 1-2 heli-portable Boyles 17 A, Zinex A5 (or similar) Core sample collection.
Snowmobile 2 350cc Transportation - crews, supplies & equipment.
All Terrain Vehcile 1-2 350cc Transportation - crews, supplies & equipment.
Small Aluminum Boat 1 14-16 ft utility boat Lake bottom bathymetry survey and transportation.
Caterpillar Challenger 65s (with steel sleds) 2 Challenger 65s (or similar) Mobilize/transport equipment and supplies.
Fuel Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
Aviation fuel 145 205 Liters Fuel for aircraft.
Gasoline 10 205 Liters Fuel for ATVs and generators.
Propane 20 100 Lbs Fuel for stove and hot water heater.
Diesel 145 205 Liters Fuel for generators and drills.
Hazardous Material and Chemical Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
Oil 5 4 Liters Oil for ATVs and generators.
CaCl2 1500 50 Lbs Drilling.
Waste oil 1 5 Liters Used oil unable to be repurposed/burnt in a waste oil burner.
Bleach 2 2 Liters Cleaning.
Various cleaning supplies 20 1 Liters Cleaning products 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
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. Drilling: numerous un-named sources proximal to drilling locations. Camp: un-named lake proximal to camp.
Waste and Impacts
Environmental Impacts
Solstice Gold Corp. 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 Kahuna Gold Property are negligible and mitigatable with little impacts on the environment. Effort will be made to avoid disturbances of 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 31 m 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 m from the normal high-water mark of any water body. All waste materials will be incinerated, reused, recycled and/or disposed of at an accredited facility. 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
Combustible wastes Negligible to low See attached Waste Management Plan for details on individual waste types. A batch feed dual-chamber controlled air incinerator to dispose of combustible solid waste. All combustible wastes will be burned in accordance with applicable federal and territorial regulations and the Nunavut Department of Environment Guideline for 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 30 m from water sources. Sumps.
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 Inst-Berms, or similar, for secondary containment until they can be reused or backhauled for proper recycling/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. Backhauled and recycled or disposed of properly.
Sewage (human waste) 40 people See attached Waste Management Plan for details on individual waste types. Incineration.
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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?
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 Kahuna Gold Property. Fixed wing aircraft may be required for mobilization/demobilization of camp and the transportation of people, equipment, supplies and samples. Helicopter support will be required for daily operations when overland transport is not possible, including pick up/drop off of field personnel and drill rig and fuel moves. When low altitude flights are necessary 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. Landing of any reason in the presence of wildlife will be documented and submitted to CIRNAC, NWB and KIA as part of the Kahuna Gold Property Annual Report.
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:
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?
NO

PARTICULAR ACTIVITIES

Uranium Development and Mining:
s3.4.5, s3.4.6: Does the project proposal involve either uranium development or uranium mining?
NO


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