Umiak drilling, completion and testing project : 2008-2011
MGM Energy Corp.
FMA Heritage Resources Consultants Inc.
Calgary, Alta. : Kavik-Axys Inc., 2008.
 p. : ill., maps ; 28 cm.
Indexed a PDF file from the Web.
Report date: March 2008.
ASTIS record 70732.
Executive Summary: [Proposed Project] Components: The Umiak Drilling, Completion and Testing Project (the Project) consists of drilling, completing and testing three wells at three locations within the Umiak Exploration area of Richards Island during the winters of 2008-2009, 2009-2010 and 2010-2011. Project components include construction of ice roads from barge landing and staging/marshalling sites to drill sites and associated drill site ice pads; operation of a camp, drill rig, well completion and testing; and the staging and demobilization of equipment and consumables to approved sites or permanent land bases. While a total of three wells will be drilled during the three year project, the number of wells drilled each year has not been confirmed due to the unknown availability of drilling equipment, other logistics and economic considerations. Over the Project, zero to three wells will be drilled in each of the three proposed
drilling seasons. Location: The Project area is located on Crown Land within the ISR, with the exception of a number of the potential barge landing and staging/marshalling sites lie within 7(1)(a) Private Lands. Drilling activities are located within Exploration Licence (EL) 394, 434 and Significant Discovery Licence (SDL) 131. Proponent: MGM Energy Corp. Why was an Assessment Done? Environmental Impact Screening Committee: The Environmental Impact Screening Committee screens development activities proposed for the Inuvialuit Settlement Region for effects that may negatively affect the Inuvialuit or the environment. Other Agencies: To adhere to all legislation that is relevant to the success of the Project, a number of permits will be required. These include: Authorization to Drill a Well from the National Energy Board; a Class A Land Use Permit from Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC); a Class B Water License from the Northwest
Territories Water Board; an Access Permit for the Kendall Island Bird Sanctuary may be required from Canadian Wildlife Services, a division of Environment Canada; a Canada Benefits Plan from INAC; a Land Use Permit may be required from the Inuvialuit Land Administration; and a Highway Access Permit from the Northwest Territories Department of Transportation. Purpose of Consultation: MGM conducted public consultation with communities, local organizations and government agencies potentially affected by the Project in February 2008. MGM shared information with these groups to obtain community feedback, identify concerns as early as possible, and to gain community feedback and local knowledge about the Project area. Meetings and Correspondence Meetings to discuss the proposed Project were held with the Tuktoyaktuk, Inuvik and Aklavik, and Hunters and Trappers Committees, Community Corporations, Elders Committees and the public. Section 10 summarizes
issues and responses; Appendix G presents complete consultation results. What was Assessed? Focus of Assessment: Taking into account traditional and current knowledge of the Project area, proposed Project activities and issues raised by communities, the assessment focused on potential effects on the following Valued Components (VCs): terrain, soils and permafrost; vegetation; water quality; fish and fish habitat; migratory birds; grizzly bears and polar bears; archaeological sites and traditional camp sites. It also considered the effects of accidents and malfunctions on the Project. Other potential VCs (e.g., air quality, hydrology, certain wildlife species) were screened out of the assessment process at an early stage because the Project had no or negligible potential to affect these resources. Project Effects: The Project is not expected to cause negative environmental effects or affect Inuvialuit harvesting with the implementation of the
mitigation measures described herein. The assessment results are summarized below. Cumulative Effects: The Project is not expected to contribute to cumulative effects for most environmental components. There is potential that other helicopter supported activities in the outer Delta may interact with the barge removal phase of the Project to have a cumulative effect on migratory birds. There is potential for denning or active grizzly and coastal polar bears to experience disturbance effects as a result of the activities associated with the drilling and completion of multiple wells during the Project, in combination with other potential drilling projects. Additional mitigation measures to address potential cumulative effects on migratory birds and grizzly and polar bears are provided in this Project Description. Did the Assessment Find Anything of Concern? The assessment of potential effects on the environment and renewable resource harvesting did
not identify any effects of significant concerns on VCs. [The results of the assessment are summarized in a table.] ...