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northern land use guidelines Northwest Territories Seismic Operations

Table of Contents

1

preface acknowledgements

3 5

introduction

6

1.1 What is Seismic Exploration?

6

1.2 Purpose and Guiding Principles

7

clearing and construction

27

3.1 Development Timing

27

3.2 Equipment Preparation

28

3.3 Surface Preparation

29

3.4 Brush Disposal

32

operations

34

7

4.1 Line Operations

34

planning and design

9

4.2 Camps

35

2.1 Permitting

9

2.2 Information Gathering

10

4

1.3 Valued Components and

2

Environmental Outcomes

3

4.2.1 Waste Management

35

4.2.2 Fuel Storage

36

4.3 Seasonal Closure

38

spills

39

11

5.1 Spill Contingency Plan

40

13

5.2 Spill Prevention

40

2.3.1 Permafrost

14

5.3 Spill Response

40

2.3.2 Existing Disturbance and Clearings

closure and reclamation

41

15

2.2.1 Supplementary Information

10

2.2.2 Information Sources

11

2.2.3 Community Engagement 2.3 Terrain Conditions

5

6

6.1 Final Land Use Plan

42

2.4 Water Bodies and Water Crossings 16

6.2 Progressive Reclamation

42

2.5 Forest Resources

19

6.3 Reclamation Activities

42

2.6 Wildlife and Wildlife Habitat

20

2.6.1 Wildlife Sensitive Periods and Setback Distances

22

2.7 Equipment Considerations

25

2.8 Traditional and Recreational Land Use

26

2.9 Visual Impacts

26



6.3.1 Complete Removal

43

6.3.2 Erosion Control

43

6.3.3 Restrict Access

44

6.4 Reclamation Monitoring

44

bibliography glossary

45 46

Preface

These guidelines apply to land-based seismic activities on both Crown and Commissioner’s land in the Northwest Territories. They are the product of a partnership between the Government of the Northwest Territories – Department of Environment and Natural Resources; Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada; Environment Canada – Canadian Wildlife Service; and Fisheries and Oceans Canada. These guidelines are intended to assist operators in planning, undertaking and monitoring reclamation of seismic programs, and to assist federal and territorial departments with mandates for environmental protection by providing consistent expert advice to regulatory authorities. Following these guidelines does not guarantee approval for a given seismic program. Consideration of these guidelines should be supplemented by local research, traditional knowledge, engineering or other professional expertise, and advice obtained from the appropriate regulators. These guidelines reference legislated requirements and operational policy statements where they may apply to seismic programs. They do not replace acts, ordinances, regulations or the terms and conditions of regulatory authorizations. Although every attempt has been made to provide up-to-date information, it remains the operator’s responsibility to obtain the most recent information