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Late Devonian Vertebrates of Ellesmere Island (149678)
Proposal Status: Conformity Determination Issued
Project Overview
Type of application: New
Proponent name: Neil Shubin
Company: The University of Chicago
Start Date: 2022-07-05
End Date: 2022-07-30
Operation Type: Seasonal
Project Description:
We will look for fossils for some of the earliest creatures to walk on land. the rocks of the Simmons Peninsula of Southern Elllsmere Island are the right age and type to hold these fossils. Our team discovered an important specimen in 2004 in Bird Fiord. We seek to look in this new area for new species and specimens. This work will tell us about the history of the earth and the history of life at a particularly important moment in time-- when creatures made the evolutionary transition from life in water to life on land
Persons: 6
Days: 25
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List of all project geometries:
ID Geometry Location Name
8428 polygon New project geometry
Planning Regions:
Affected Areas and Land Types
Settlement Area
North Baffin Planning Region
Project Land Use and Authorizations
Project Land Use
Scientific Research
Licensing Agencies
CH: Archaeology and Paleontology Research Permit, Class I
NIRB: Screening Decision Report
NRI: 0
NWB: 0
Other Licensing Requirements
No data found.
Material Use
Type Quantity Size Use
Camping Equipment 7 50 x 50 7 tents for living and one propane stove for cooking
Fuel Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
Propane 3 20 Lbs cooking
Aviation fuel 3 200 Liters Refueling Helicopter and Twin Otter Aircraft. Will be removed at end of work
Hazardous Material and Chemical Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
No records found.
Water Consumption
Daily Amount (m3) Retrieval Method Retrieval Location
25 hose connected to water jug ephemeral stream
Waste and Impacts
Environmental Impacts
Wildlife Disturbance: mitigation includes avoiding low altitude flights and flights in animal habitats. Human waste and Greywater contiminatin: mitigation includes burial in sump at least 100m from any water source as well as burning where feasible. the website is not allowing me to enter fields under waste management. Let me enter it here: GREYWATER: 200lgal to be disposed in sump 100m from any water source HUMAN WASTE: 210lbs to be disposed in sump at least 100 m from any water source and burned when possible.
Waste Management
Waste Type Quantity Generated Treatement Method Disposal Method
No data found.
Category: Application form attachment - Other Authorizations
Recieved: 2022-01-26
Originator: Neil Shubin
Public Registry ID: 19399
Document Size: 233.75 Kb
Category: Application form attachment - Project description
Recieved: 2022-01-26
Originator: Neil Shubin
Public Registry ID: 19398
Document Size: 54.95 Kb
Category: Application related document - Conformity Determination Letter
Recieved: 2022-04-19
Originator: Adrian Gerhartz
Public Registry ID: 19928
Document Size: 233.67 Kb
2022-01-26 15:56:37, from: Neil Shubin
 I was unable to set up boxes for greywater and human waste in the waste portion of the site because the website was not working with my browser. I inputed that information on that page however in the environmental disturbances and mitigation section.


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?
If yes, will the applicant integrate all available and relevant local and traditional knowledge when conducting its 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.
This is pending.
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.
We will work with the hamlet and Iviq Hunters and Trappers of Grise Fiord to hire local expertise in wildlife avoidance and minimizing environmental impacts. We will also work with the Ummimak School to use our scientific discoveries as teaching tools for students.

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