Rehabilitation of abandoned mineral exploration sites: the work of the FRAN

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The Fonds Restor-Action Nunavik (FRAN) was established to rehabilitate abandoned mineral exploration sites in Nunavik.

In 2007, the Kativik Regional Government (KRG), Makivik Corporation, the Ministère de l’Énergie et des Ressources naturelles (MERN) and the FRAN signed a contribution agreement that made it possible to proceed with the cleanup of the sites requiring major cleanup, using the expertise developed during previous pilot projects undertaken by the KRG.

An amendment to the agreement, signed in April 2012, allowed the rehabilitation work to continue, and also provided for its extension to the group of sites requiring intermediate cleanup.

This report describes the progress of work to date.

KativiK Regional Government - CONTAINERS BEING LOADED ONTO BARGE IN AUPALUK, JULY 2014

WORK COMPLETED

Tasiujaq sector

ABANDONED SITE PJ-1

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION WORK TO DATE
Abandoned mineral exploration site PJ-1 is located between the communities of Aupaluk and Tasiujaq.

The site covers an area of more than 3 km2 and comprises 9 sectors.

Major work has been completed since 2006.

The last remaining waste was removed from the site during the summer of 2011 and stored in the community of Aupaluk.

In 2011 and 2012, 36 pieces of heavy equipment and machinery, totalling 117 tonnes, and 30 tonnes of metal, were shipped south by boat to recovery facilities.

In 2014, in all, 82 tonnes of waste were shipped by boat to recovery facilities.

In 2015, the last remaining waste was shipped to recovery facilities in the South.

ABANDONED SITE TA-1

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION Work to date
Site TA-1 is located south of Tasiujaq.

It requires intermediate cleanup work.

8 drums, one propane tank and a bag of debris were removed from the site and flown by helicopter to the airstrip at Lac Gerido where they have been stored temporarily.

The site cleanup is now complete.

ABANDONED SITE TA-2

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION Work to date
Site TA-2 is located south of Tasiujaq; it requires intermediate cleanup work. 11 drums, pipes, aluminum core trays, 2 bed frames and one furnace were removed from the site and flown by helicopter to the airstrip at Lac Gerido where they have been stored temporarily.

The site cleanup is now complete.

ABANDONED SITE TQ-6

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION Work to date
Site TQ-6 is located south of Tasiujaq: it requires intermediate cleanup work. Aluminum core trays, 3 bags of debris, 10 drums, 2 furnaces, chimney sections, 3 bed frames, metal pipes and 2 propane tanks were removed from the site and flown by helicopter to the airstrip at Lac Gerido where they have been stored temporarily.

The site cleanup is now complete.

ABANDONED SITE TQ-10

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION WORK TO DATE
Site TQ-10 is located in south of Tasiujaq: it requires intermediate cleanup work. 4 large bladders, around 10m long, along with several pipes, a pump and a motor were removed from the site and flown by helicopter to the airstrip at Lac Gerido.

The bladders have been flown by helicopter to Kuujjuaq and stored in a marine container.

The site cleanup is now complete.

ABANDONED SITE TQ-14

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION WORK TO DATE
Site TQ-14 is located south of Tasiujaq: it requires intermediate cleanup work. 11 drums, 4 propane tanks, 3 batteries and a small bag of debris were removed from the site and flown by helicopter to the airstrip at Lac Gerido where they have been stored temporarily.

The site cleanup is now complete.

Lac Gerido sector

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION WORK TO DATE
Lac Gerido is a sector adjacent to the abandoned mineral exploration site requiring major cleanup work known as TQ-1, rehabilitated by the KRG in 2010.

An abandoned outfitting camp and an airstrip are also found in the sector.

In collaboration with the northern village of Kuujjuaq, the field technician and 4 workers spent 4 days in October 2014 sorting the waste near the airstrip and, in particular, compacting over 300 drums.

The goal of the work was to prepare the waste for transportation by helicopter or snowmobile.

7 large Quatrex bags containing small-sized debris and weighing around 3,600 lb. were transported to Kuujjuaq by helicopter and stored in a marine container.

Aupaluk sector

ABANDONED SITE G-24NO4-3

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION WORK TO DATE
Site G-24N04-3 is located southwest of Aupaluk: it requires intermediate cleanup work.

It comprises 3 sectors spread over 1 km along the lakeshore.

50 drums, 4 propane tanks, 4 bed frames, aluminum tent poles and 2 bags containing small-sized debris were flown by helicopter to the community of Aupaluk.

5,600 lb. of waste was removed from the site. The waste was stored in marine containers and dispatched by boat.

The site cleanup is now complete.

ABANDONED SITE PJ-9

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION WORK TO DATE
Site PJ-19 is located just south of Aupaluk: it requires intermediate cleanup work. The first cleanup work took place in 2010.

In 2014, 64 drum covers were flown by helicopter to Auplauk.

The site cleanup is now complete.

Salluit sector

ABANDONED SITE WB-9

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION WORK TO DATE
The abandoned mineral exploration site  WB-9 is located on the shores of Lac Kenty, roughly 100 km southwest of Salluit.

It requires major cleanup work.

All non-combustible materials have been removed from the 11 buildings on the site.

Hazardous waste was placed on a tarp on the ground.

Waste found on the site

49 empty drums
33 drums containing fluids
9 propane tanks
Metal debris (fuel tanks, mattresses, chimneys, stove, fridge, etc.)
Hazardous waste (extinguishers, tar pails, paint, oil, etc.)
Small-sized debris

A large quantity of waste was flown by helicopter to Lac East with assistance from mining company Glencore. The waste was stored in marine containers provided by Glencore.

The waste will be shipped to recycling facilities in the South.

 

Kativik Regional Government - VIEW OF THE SITE WB-9 AFTER REMOVAL OF DEBRIS, SEPTEMBER 2014

WORK PLANNED FOR 2015-2016

Tasiujaq sector

ABANDONED SITE WORK

WB-9

33 full drums and a small quantity of debris to be transported to Lac East, and then sent in marine containers to recycling facilities in Montréal.

Logistical organization with the mining company Glencore.

11 buildings on the site, of which one contains core samples.

The other buildings, in poor condition, were demolished and burned in 2015.

Lac Parent

This site is located south of Salluit and requires medium-scale work.

6 drums and wood debris to be transported by helicopter to Lac East for storage with waste removed from site WB-9.

Partnership to be signed with mining company Glencore.

SW-24

This site requires intermediate cleanup work.

Several hundred drums and propane tanks have been observed along Petite rivière de Puvirnituq.

Partnership to be signed with mining company Glencore.

Kangirsuk sector

ABANDONED SITE WORK

QC-3

This site is located on the shore of Lac Roberts between the communities of Quaqtaq and Kangirsuk.

It requires intermediate cleanup work.

25 drums and other debris found on the site.

Transportation of waste by plane and snowmobile to Quaqtaq or Knagirsuk, and from there to recycling facilities.

Kuujjuarapik sector

ABANDONED SITE WORK

GW-8

This site is located west of the community of Kuujjuarapik.

It requires intermediate cleanup work.

23 drums scattered around the site and on the opposite shore of the lake.

15 drums compacted drums and 2 waste dumps.

Removal of drums and waste from the site.

 

Kativik Regional Government - SITE TQ-14 AFTER REHABILITATION WORK, SEPTEMBER 2014

CLEANUP WORK IN COLLABORATION WITH MINING COMPANIES

Salluit sector

ABANDONED SITE WORK
KV-1

This site is located on a lake shore roughly 100 km southwest of Salluit.

It requires major cleanup work.

23 drums scattered around the site and on the opposite shore of the lake.

15 drums compacted drums and 2 waste dumps.

Removal of drums and waste from the site.

SW-27

This site is located roughly 90 km southwest of Salluit.

It requires major cleanup work.

Large quantity of waste and fuel:

  • 1 650 litres of diesel
  • 260 litres of grease
  • 26 litres of oil

The site is located near a mineral claim held by Canadian Royalties Inc. and very close to the site KV-1.

Cleanup work on both sites.

 

Notes

The information contained in this data sheet comes from public, verifiable sources.