2003 Winter Aquatic Surveys in the Inuvialuit Settlement Region
Principal Investigator: Povey, Andrew (93)
Licence Number: 13401
Organization: Mackenzie Project Environment Group
Licenced Year(s): 2005 2004 2003
Issued: Mar 12, 2003
Project Team: Gary Ash,

Objective(s): Imperial Oil Resources Ltd., Aboriginal Pipeline Group, ConocoPhillips Canada (north) Ltd., Shell Canada Limited, and ExxonMobil Canada conducted a number of baseline studies during 2001 and 2002 as part of the Mackenzie Delta Gas Opportunity. These studies are being continued in 2003. Local knowledge and technical/scientific research, in combination with a synthesis of existing technical information, is being used to develop a suitable knowledge base for planning, assessment of impacts and development of environmental protection plans. The TeraAGA Consulting Group (Mackenzie Project Environment Group), has been retained to conduct the baseline studies. No specific gas developments are finalized yet but the project concept is assumed to include: gas field developments at Taglu, Niglintgak and Parsons Lake; gathering pipelines to bring gas into the Inuvik area; gas compression facilities near Inuvik; and pipeline facilities to move the gas to southern markets. The winter aquatics investigations will involve the survey of selected streams and lakes within the gas field development areas and along the proposed gathering lines. This is required to assess overwintering conditions for fish and watercourse freezing conditions in the vicinity of potential pipeline crossing sites. This would complete the multi-season assessment of watercourses begun in 2002 (spring, summer, fall programs).