The activities associated with the Mary River Project are permitted through various regulatory and legal permit, licenses and agreements.
Environmental Impact Statements
The EIS is part of the environmental assessment process, established for a project under the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement. Under this environmental assessment process, the proponent of a project, such as the Mary River project, describes the surrounding environment and the proposed development. Potential effects are then predicted and mitigation plans are developed to eliminate or minimize potential impacts.
A draft EIS was submitted on January 23, 2011 and was the subject of extensive review. The Final EIS, submitted January 15, 2012, addressed the concerns raised through this year-long review period. On December 28, 2012, Baffinland received Project Certificate No. 005 for the approve railway project.
Due to changes in the project scope, an early Revenue Phase was proposed, and an Addendum to the FEIS was submitted to the NIRB in June, 2013. The Addendum followed similar but expedited process to that of the original assessment, and was approved by the Nunavut Impact Review Board (NIRB) and the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs in March and April, 2014, respectively. Baffinland also has an approved amendment to the North Baffin Regional Land Use Plan for the Early Revenue Phase Project that was recommended by the Nunavut Planning Commission.
Final Environmental Impact Statement – Popular Summary (English)
Final Environmental Impact Statement – Popular Summary (French)
Final Environmental Impact Statement – Popular Summary (Inuktitut)
Early Revenue Phase – Popular Summary (English)
Early Revenue Phase – Popular Summary (French)
Early Revenue Phase – Popular Summary (Inuktitut)
In addition, the project will meet requirements from several federal and territorial agencies to permit certain activities and will be subject to all relevant legislation and regulation.
Baffinland holds a Type A Water License (for project construction and operations), and two Type B Water Licenses (one for exploration and one for construction).
Baffinland holds permits with Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) (land use and quarries), Fisheries and Ocean Canada (DFO) for fisheries authorizations, Transport Canada for Navigable Waters permits, and several other permits and licenses. The Company is subject to external and internal inspections and audits for compliance. For more information on the Inuit Impact and Benefits Agreement (IIBA), click here.