2003 Terrestrial Studies in the Sahtu Settlement Area
Principal Investigator: Povey, Andrew (93)
Licence Number: 13465
Organization: Mackenzie Project Environment Group
Licenced Year(s): 2005 2004 2003 2002
Issued: Jun 26, 2003
Project Team: Jane Lanca

Objective(s): Imperial Oil Resources Ventures Limited, Aboriginal Pipeline Group, ConocoPhillips Canada (north) Limited, Shell Canada Limited, and ExxonMobil Canada Properties conducted a number of baseline studies during 2001 and 2002 as part of the Mackenzie Gas Project. 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 Mackenzie Project Environment Group has been retained to conduct the baseline studies. This portion of the project will involve terrestrial studies (vegetation and soil investigations) in the Sahtu Settlement Area. The primary goals are to classify vegetation, landforms, soils and permafrost in the project area, to identify locations of rare plants and uncommon plant communities, and to conduct soil sampling at select locations in the study area. Information on reclamation progress on the Enbridge Pipeline right-of-way may also be collected to assess the potential impacts of the Mackenzie Gas Project to terrestrial resources and to plan strategies to minimize or avoid impacts to sensitive or valued terrestrial features. Not all approvals from community organizations were received. Ongoing consultation is recommended.