Municipal Affairs and Environment

Registration 1515

Bay St. George Land-Based Seismic Exploration Program

Proponent: Vulcan Minerals Inc.

Summary of Environmental Assessment Process

Project Description:

The proposal involves 140 kilometres of land-based seismic data acquisition in the Bay St. George area. The project will proceed in three phases: drilling; line cutting; and recording. The project involves the cutting of approximately 114 kilometres of new handcut trails (roughly 2.75 metres in width). Every 100 metres along these lines, a 10 metre deep hole will be formed using drills and small (2 kilogram) dynamite charges will be buried. Seismic data will then be acquired by generating sound waves at the surface and recording the echoes that return. Cutting of the trails will take approximately six weeks and drilling is expected to take approximately one month. The drilling and line cutting phases will likely overlap by 3 to 4 weeks. Recording is also estimated to take approximately one month, depending on weather conditions. The project is scheduled to commence in July 2010, subject to approval.

  • June 15, 2010 - The undertaking was registered.
  • July 22, 2010 - Public comments are due.
  • July 30, 2010 - The Minister's decision is due.
  • August 17, 2010 - The undertaking was released.

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