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Katittuq Nunavut - Terrestrial Routing Study (149560)
Proposal Status: Conformity Determination Issued
Project Overview
Type of application: New
Proponent name: Government of Nunavut - Department of Community and Government Services C/O Grant Woodbury
Company: Government of Nunavut - Community and Government Services
Schedule:
Start Date: 2021-06-19
End Date: 2021-08-31
Operation Type: Seasonal
Project Description:
A. Background: The objective of the Project is to understand the feasibility of a terrestrial fibre optic connectivity solution between Iqaluit and Kimmirut. In order to develop an understanding of the feasibility of implementing such a solution, information needs to be developed through onsite inspection and visits. Development of the required information involves the following steps: 1) Review the terrain, verify elevations, validate width of water crossings and other similar non-invasive research to be conducted in the field along a pre-engineered route corridor up to 5km wide. The width of the corridor is required to find a route through the remote and rugged terrain involved where there is currently very limited information available for cable route development. Exhibit A highlights a 5-km wide centerline of this pre-engineered route corridor. 2) Real-time assessments will be involved primarily within the 2-km wide corridor but may require expansion up to 5km in areas where particularly difficult terrain is encountered in the field. The result of this fieldwork will be to establish an updated centerline of a planned cable route within the up to 5km wide corridor. This centerline may be marked with targets to be used as Ground Control Points for subsequent topographical and aerial photography data collection within a 2km wide corridor of this centerline. 3) The information developed from topographical and imagery data collection, as well as environmental and archeological information that will be separately developed by GN, will be used to finalize the best possible fibre optic cable route within the 2km wide corridor. B. Description of Field Activities to be Permitted within the Route Corridor: There is anticipated to be approximately six (6 +- 2) research personnel who will conduct a helicopter-based assessment, potentially supported by ground-based assessment. All field assessments will be scheduled in unison and sequenced to take place within a three- to four-week period from late June to late July 2021 (airborne data collection would follow shortly thereafter). Observations, photos and records at sufficient level of detail to document considerations which may have an impact on the design engineering and specification will be made. • Terrain verification: Observe, photograph and record. No tools or equipment. • Geotechnical: Observe, photograph and record. No equipment and tools are limited to geological hand hammer, hand shovel and hand auger to assess material properties. A requirement for a minimal amount of digging is anticipated in areas of permafrost/soil conditions to understand depth and composition. Small geological handheld hammer may be used to assess hardness. • Hydrological: Observe, photograph and record. No tools or equipment. • Placement of Targets for LiDAR Ground Control Points: LiDAR may be required for all or portions of the route if alternative sources of topographical information and imagery is not available at the level of required detail. In the case LiDAR is required, targets will be survey-grade spray paint (~48” x 48”) at approximately 5 km intervals (-3km/+5km) along a linear path within the cable corridor described above. A description of the spray-paint (or equivalent) to be used is provided in Exhibit B. The painted targets are anticipated to naturally erode within a 4 month to 6-month period, depending on weather conditions C. Means of Transport in the Field: • Helicopter-based Assessment: Approximately 3 to 5 people flying the route and making approximately 100 touchdowns (1 hr or less) at places of interest. Places of interest could be watercourse crossings, permafrost features, geological landforms, and steeper sections of the route. • Ground-based Assessment, with helicopter support: Approximately 3 people driving by all-terrain vehicle (ATV) or walking the route making approximately 200 stops at places of interest. Anticipated to require helicopter support, due to rugged terrain and water crossings, to sling ATV’s/transport crew between locations. Helicopter Touchdowns & ATV’s: The large number of touchdowns/stops are anticipated given the relative unknown conditions of this remote area that will have an impact on the ability to install and maintain a robust fibre optic cable solution. It is understood that there is sensitivity to the portions of the route that cross park boundaries. These areas will be addressed by low-fly height reconnaissance without actually touching down, using ATV’s or placing any targets for Ground Control Points within park boundaries provided to the engineering consult team.
Personnel:
Persons: 6
Days: 30
Project Map
List of all project geometries:
ID Geometry Location Name
7840 polyline Proposed Route Centerline
Planning Regions:
Qikiqtani
Affected Areas and Land Types
Inuit Owned Surface Lands
Municipal
Extablished National or Territorial Park
Settlement Area
Project Land Use and Authorizations
Project Land Use
Other
Licensing Agencies
QIA: Land Use Licence II
GN-Parks: 0
Other Licensing Requirements
No data found.
Material Use
Equipment
Type Quantity Size Use
Shovel 1 N/A Small amount of digging to expose geological conditions
Rock Hammer 1 N/A Breaking a small amount of rock to determine geological conditions
All Terrain Vehicle 1-3 6x4ft Transportation of ground crew and equipment on ATV accessible areas
Helicopter 1 35x9 Transportation of ground crew and equipment to locations of interest within the routing corridor. LIDAR survey of corridor.
Fuel Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
Aviation fuel 0 0 Gallons Aviation fuel to support helicopter operations for duration of corridor study. Amount of fuel consumed is unknown as the exact aircraft and amount of aircraft usage is yet to be determined by Government of Nunavut's engineering contractor. Helicopter to be fueled in Iqaluit, no fuel caches necessary.
Hazardous Material and Chemical Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
Marking Paint 6 1 Lbs Biodegradable survey grade Marking Paint to direct and coordinate LIDAR helicopter survey. Painting of ~48x48' ground targets at 3-5km intervals along the corridor path. See specification sheet attached to application documents.
Water Consumption
Daily Amount (m3) Retrieval Method Retrieval Location
0
Waste and Impacts
Environmental Impacts
-Use of Survey Grade Marking Paint to inform the LIDAR survey will temporarily leave visible paint marks on the land at large spacings. The mitigation of this is to choose a biodegradable, VOC free, lead free, water based marking paint. -Landing of Helicopter along route impacting fauna: Landing of helicopter is temporary and limited to approximately an hour at any one location. To mitigate, the survey team will not land in areas with visible animals, and will find alternative touch down points if animals, or herds of animals are seen along the route. Helicopter will keep a distance of a kilometer from all observed large animals, and will not hover, or pass overhead of any observed herding animal populations.
Waste Management
Waste Type Quantity Generated Treatement Method Disposal Method
No data found.
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Recieved: 2021-05-20
Originator: Government of Nunavut - Department of Community and Government Services C/O Grant Woodbury
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Originator: Government of Nunavut - Department of Community and Government Services C/O Grant Woodbury
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Originator: Government of Nunavut - Department of Community and Government Services C/O Grant Woodbury
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Originator: Government of Nunavut - Department of Community and Government Services C/O Grant Woodbury
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Originator: Government of Nunavut - Department of Community and Government Services C/O Grant Woodbury
Public Registry ID: 18722
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Recieved: 2021-05-20
Originator: Government of Nunavut - Department of Community and Government Services C/O Grant Woodbury
Public Registry ID: 18717
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Recieved: 2021-05-20
Originator: Government of Nunavut - Department of Community and Government Services C/O Grant Woodbury
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Originator: Government of Nunavut - Department of Community and Government Services C/O Grant Woodbury
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Category: Application related document - Conformity Determination Letter
Recieved: 2021-06-07
Originator: Goump Djalogue
Public Registry ID: 18739
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2021-05-22 17:24:09, from: Goump Djalogue
 Hi Grant, Could you please indicate all other authorizing agencies from which you will need an authorization or license for this project? e.: NRI, GN DOE, Nunavut Parks, NWB, CWS, CIRNAC, QIA... whichever is applicable.

2021-05-27 10:11:01, from: Government of Nunavut - Department of Community and Government Services C/O Grant Woodbury
 Hi Goump, I have updated the application We currently have two avenues of additional authorizations we have pending. 1) QIA land license II: which was submitted to QIA for review 2) Approval of the GN Env - Parks. We have a meeting scheduled June 7th with Joint Planning and Management Committees (CJPMCs) for both Kimmirut and Iqaluit to present and ultimately get their approval to proceed. Thanks, Grant