ARCHIVED - 2004-05 Arctic Islands of Nunavut Call for Nominations (Request for Posting) Closing at 4 p.m. (E.T.) on December 23, 2004


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The Call for Nominations in the Arctic Islands of Nunavut closed December 23, 2004
No nominations were received

1. Call for Nominations

The Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada hereby calls for the submission of nominations for Crown reserve lands located in the Arctic Islands of Nunavut. A map   (101 Kb, 1 page) in PDF format is attached for reference.

Lands currently under licence which revert to Crown reserve status during the course of this Call for Nominations may also be nominated.

Posting requests received by 4 p.m., E.T., on December 23, 2004 will be considered by the Minister for inclusion in a call for bids tentatively scheduled to open in January 2005 pursuant to Section 14 of the Canada Petroleum Resources Act (CPRA). Terms and conditions of the proposed call for bids are attached for information.

2. Content of Posting Requests

All posting requests must be described in accordance with the attached Guidelines for Posting Parcels North of Latitude 60° N. Each tract posted shall comprise laterally or diagonally contiguous blocks.

The maximum size of any posting request between latitude 75° N and latitude 78° N is eight grids.

The block size North of latitude 78° N, should not exceed 216 080* hectares in area . A Posting Request Form is attached and should accompany the request.

3. Submission of Posting Requests

All requests should be submitted by fax by 4 p.m. (E.T.) on December 23, 2004. Each request should be addressed as follows:

"Arctic Islands of Nunavut Request for Posting"
Closing December 23, 2004
Attention: Oil and Gas Management
Northern Oil and Gas Branch
FAX: (819) 953-5828

Requesters are advised to give prior notice of their intent to submit a fax by calling (819) 953-8529 or (819) 997-0221 immediately prior to transmission. Telephone confirmation will be provided, if requested, upon receipt of the fax. Only the fax copy is necessary; original copies are not required.

All submissions received will become property of the Crown and will not be returned. All information concerning nominations will remain confidential.

4. Priority of Posting

Priority of posting will be determined by order of receipt. Time of receipt will be that recorded by the fax machine of the Northern Oil and Gas Branch in Gatineau.

In case of overlapping requests, the first to be received will have priority. The second requester will be informed of the area remaining in the request which does not overlap a prior nomination. The second requester will be required to state whether they would like to maintain their posting on the remaining lands or withdraw the request.

5. Specific Considerations

The exercise of petroleum exploration rights is subject to specific terms and conditions including:

Land Claim Requirements

The lands available for posting are located within the Nunavut Settlement area. Successful bidders shall adhere to the terms of the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement reached with the Inuit. Interested parties are advised to obtain a copy of the agreement.

Conditions Relating to the Environment

Operators wishing to carry out activities as a result of this process will be required to comply with all federal environmental requirements defined in the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement as well as those stemming from the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, the Canada Oil and Gas Operations Act, the I, the Arctic Waters Pollution Prevention Act, and other applicable legislation.

The hatched area on the attached map has been identified to alert potential nominators that additional operating terms and conditions may be applied at the activity stage. For example, the work season may be restricted to those months when the proposed type of activity will not have a significant impact on sensitive fish and marine habitats, mammals, birds or other species. Such restrictions or mitigation would be defined at the stage of regulated activities.

Referring to the map, specific environmental information has been provided by Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated and marine and wildlife specialists, including Fisheries and Oceans, Environment Canada and the Department of Sustainable Development of the Government of Nunavut; additional information is incorporated from the 1991 Lancaster Sound Regional Land Use Plan. The reservations of certain contributors that a comprehensive evaluation of the call area has not been possible should be noted by potential nominators.

Industry should be aware that the North Baffin Regional Land Use Plan 2000, an updated version of the 1991 Lancaster Sound Regional Land Use Plan, was approved in June 2000. This land use plan has been developed by the Nunavut Planning Commission with the Inuit of Nunavut, the Government of Nunavut and Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada, and is a helpful source of land use information. Any oil and gas related proposals should conform with the North Baffin Regional Land Use Plan 2000. The hatched area on the attached map has been identified by marine and wildlife specialists as being of currently recognized environmental importance or sensitivity. It is intended to alert nominators that within this area terms and conditions may be applied which would describe the necessary procedures the operator would take to minimize environmental impacts to a particular species in the region. Nominators should note that this map does not purport to identify all areas of environmental impact or sensitivity within the call area. For specific information, those interested may contact regional specialists as noted above.

6. Resulting Call for Bids

The individual or company that requested the posting of a parcel(s) is expected to submit a bid(s) in response to the call for bids. The Minister reserves the right to refuse future posting requests by that individual or company if a bid is not submitted.

The Minister will take into account all nominations in developing a call for bids but may modify nominations to configure a bid block following consultation with the nominee.

The Minister is not obliged to proceed with a call for bids for any lands posted.

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