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Hydrographic survey in the Foxe Channel and Hudson Strait (148536)
Proposal Status: Conformity Determination Issued
Project Overview
Type of application: New
Proponent name: Dr. Denis Lavoie
Company: Natural Resources Canada
Start Date: 2017-08-16
End Date: 2017-08-23
Operation Type: Annual
Project Description:
The marine expedition, proposed to take place between August 16 to 23, is part of a larger endeavour including research activities from the Department of Fisheries and Ocean, Environment Canada and two other projects of the Geological Survey of Canada (Geomapping for Energy and Minerals and Public Safety). There is circumstantial evidence, largely from satellite radar images, that petroleum is possibly seeping from the seafloor of Foxe Channel (north of Southampton Island) and Hudson Strait (north of Akpatok Island). Information collected during this project will help support community and government decisions on the presence and nature of the suspected natural oil seeps on the seafloor. The data will be collected using a high resolution sonar system., the frequencey of which does not conflict marine mammals communication. The major goals of thsi proposed research for 2017 would be: - To investigate natural leakage of buried oil and gas deposits at the seabed. Oil and gas can leak out from natural processes. Our research will help to determine how much oil and gas is leaking and where it is coming from. - To learn more about what types of bedrock are exposed at the seabed. Knowledge of the bedrock in Hudson Strait and Foxe Channel would provide important information about how they formed and to accurately assess resources. - To sample bottom sediment. During this typ e of expedition, we typically collect seabed sediment samples, seafloorphotographs and video. The research would take place onboard the Canadian Coast Gard (CCG) vessel Hudson based out of Halifax. The information generated by the research team will provide a better understanding of the seaflooe depth variations, possible sub-marine soil movements and potential places where oil and gas naturally seeps out from the seafloow. Research results will be reported back during communiites visits about 6 months after the conclusion fo the field season and will be made publicly available. Results will also be presented at workshops in the North, at science conferences and will result in publications in scientifc journals, reports and plain language documents over the months and years following the project.
Persons: 24
Days: 6
Project Map
List of all project geometries:
ID Geometry Location Name
2376 polygon Foxe Channel - North of Southampton
2377 polygon Foxe Channel - West of Baffin
2378 polygon Hudson Strait - South of Baffin
Planning Regions:
Affected Areas and Land Types
Settlement Area
Keewatin Planning Region
Project Land Use and Authorizations
Project Land Use
Marine-Based Activities
Scientific Research
Licensing Agencies
Other Licensing Requirements
No data found.
Material Use
Type Quantity Size Use
Piston sediment corer 1 50' x 4" collect sediment samples
Seabed camera system 1 3' x 5' Photography and videa of the seabed
CTD and Niskin water sampler 1 6' x 3' Water properties collection
CCGS Hudson 1 297' x 50' x 22' Research vessle
3.5 Khz echosounder 1 attached to ship Seabed imaging
Multibeam echosounder 1 attached to ship Detailed bathymetry data collection
Fuel Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
Diesel 1 0 Liters fuel for ship (many litres) and will be stored onboard
Hazardous Material and Chemical Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
HAZARDOUS 1 2 Liters scientific tests in lab
Concentrated acetone 2 5 Liters scientific tests in lab
Hydraulic oil 1 3 Liters for ship operations
Water Consumption
Daily Amount (m3) Retrieval Method Retrieval Location
14 Desalinization by reverse osmosis onboard ship offshore
Waste and Impacts
Environmental Impacts
No anticipated environmental impacts
Waste Management
Waste Type Quantity Generated Treatement Method Disposal Method
Other N/A All waste stored onboard untik return to home port (Halifax, NS) Not disposed in Nunavut waters
Category: Application form attachment - Project description
Recieved: 2017-03-29
Originator: Denis Lavoie
Public Registry ID: 12343
Document Size: 14.83 Kb
Category: Application related document - Conformity Determination Letter
Recieved: 2017-04-13
Originator: Peter Scholz
Public Registry ID: 12424
Document Size: 568.99 Kb
2017-04-03 12:24:43, from: Peter Scholz
 We have received your application. Can you please confirm whether this is a continuation or renewal of an existing research programme, or is it a completely new research programme? Thank you!

2017-04-04 10:34:43, from: Denis Lavoie
 Dear Peter, I found the information in an e-mai.The associated project is: Geology research in Baffin Bay. The license number is 02 020 17R-M. LIcense expires December 31, 2017. Work to be carried out between July 15 and September 30 2017. Our project is associated with the work between August 11 and September 13 onboard the CCGS Hudson

2017-04-10 10:08:46, from: Peter Scholz
 Please confirm the previous licenses associated with this project are NPC 148488 and NIRB 13YN021. If so, please clarify if this is a renewal or an amendment. If it is an amendment, this application must be submitted as as amendment to 148488.

2017-04-12 14:41:06, from: Peter Scholz
 This was submitted as a new application but it is in fact a significant modification to existing file 148488. Please go to your old file, and open an amendment/renewal, and clarify what is new or different about this project vs. 148488. You will also need to withdraw 148536.


Environmental Protection:
s2.4.9: The applicant undertakes to prevent any new occurances of pollution, garbage and contamination at the site of the development.

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.

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.

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:
s5.4.4 and Apendix 2, s3: Will the applicant avoid low-level flights?

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?

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

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?

Scientific Research:
s6.4.2: 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?
Local Services and Local Employment:
s6.4.3: Will the applicant rely on local services and employment where possible?
Describe the services retained and people to be employed.
Some tasks on the ship, e.g. handling core, etc

Communication on Scientific Research:
s6.4.4: Will the applicant communicate with communities in language that is clear, non-technical, in Inuktitut and English and communicate to the affected communities the results of all scientific res

Consultation with Nunavut Research Institute:
s6.4.5: Has the applicant made all reasonable efforts to consult with the Nunavut Research Institute about research that would benefit or interest local residents?
Describe the results of your consultation.
A community engagement tour will start April 3 with visits in Kimmirut, Coral Harbour and Iqaluit. No responses from Cape Dorset

Game Sanctuary:
s2.4.1: Is the project proposal located, in whole or in part, within the Thelon Game sanctuary?

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

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?
If yes, does the project proposal involve hydrocarbon exploration?
Municipal Lands:
s1.4.3: Is the project located, in whole or in part, within municipal boundaries?


New Land Use:
Does the project proposal involve a new type of land use never engaged in before in the region?

Code of Good Conduct for Land Users:
Appendix 2: The applicant undertakes to adhere to the Code of Good Conduct at all times.