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  • 1. Highbank Resources Ltd. Swamp Point North Aggregate Project Notice of Work Application October 29, 2013 SUITE 205 - 750 WEST PENDER STREET, VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA V6C 1G8 Telephone (1) (604) 647 6463 Fax (1) (604) 647 6455
  • 2. Page Table of Contents 1.0 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY ...........................................................................................1 2.0 INTRODUCTION .........................................................................................................2 3.0 LAND USE.....................................................................................................................3 4.0 CULTURAL HERITAGE RESOURCES AND FIRST NATIONS ENGAGEMENT ...........................................................................................................3 4.1 ARCHAEOLOGICAL OVERVIEW ASSESSMENT ...............................................3 4.2 FIRST NATION ENGAGEMENT .............................................................................3 5.0 BARGE LANDING AND FORESHORE DEVELOPMENT...................................4 5.1 BARGE LOAD-OUT .................................................................................................4 5.2 CONSTRUCTION AND OPERATIONS EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES ACCESS...................................................................................................5 5.3 FISHERIES AND OCEANS CANADA (DFO) AUTHORIZATION.......................5 5.4 NAVIGABLE WATERS ............................................................................................6 6.0 MINE PLAN ..................................................................................................................7 6.1 MINE CROSS-SECTIONS AND PLANS .................................................................7 6.2 DISTURBED AREA PROJECTIONS .......................................................................7 6.3 MINING ......................................................................................................................7 6.3.1 Site Roads and Ditches........................................................................................7 6.3.2 Clearing, Stripping and Soil Stockpiling ............................................................8 6.3.3 Production Methods and Development Plan .......................................................8 7.0 CRUSHING, SCREENING AND WASH PLANT (CSWP) .....................................9 8.0 WATER MANAGEMENT ........................................................................................10 8.1 WATER BALANCE.................................................................................................11 9.0 CAMP AND SAFETY PROVISIONS ......................................................................13 10.0 SURFACE EROSION PREVENTION AND SEDIMENT CONTROL ..................................................................................................................13 11.0 RECLAMATION PLAN ............................................................................................15 12.0 MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND PLANS ...............................................................16 13.0 OTHER PERMIT REQUIREMENTS .....................................................................17 14.0 REFERENCES ............................................................................................................18 ii
  • 3. Page List of Tables Table 11.1 Reclamation Cost Estimate .....................................................................................16 List of Figures Figure 2.1 Project Location .........................................................................................................2 Figure 5.1 Supply and Equipment Landing Ramp ......................................................................5 Figure 6.1 Typical Road and Ditch Cross-Section* ...................................................................8 Figure 8.1 Water Balance ..........................................................................................................12 Figure 10.1 Settling Pond at Barge Load-out ...........................................................................14 Figure 10.2 Erosion Control Features Map ...............................................................................15 Drawings Project Location DRAWING 1 Site Location and General Arrangement at Closure DRAWING 2 Sections A, B and C DRAWING 3 Sections D, E and LL DRAWING 4 Mine Workings Year 1 DRAWING 5 Mine Workings Year 2 DRAWING 6 Mine Workings Year 3 DRAWING 7 Mine Workings Year 4 DRAWING 8 Mine Workings Year 5 Process Plant General Arrangement Layout iii
  • 4. Page Appendices APPENDIX 1 Archaeology Reconnaissance Study APPENDIX  2    Nisga’a  Correspondence APPENDIX 3 Management Plans EHSMS – Environmental, Health & Safety Management System A - Occupational Health and Safety Plan B – Mine Emergency Response Plan C – Sediment and Erosion Control Plan D – Hazardous Materials Handling Plan E – Fuel Management and Spill Contingency Plan F – Water Management Plan G – Waste Management Plan H – Reclamation Plan I – Road Design J – Mine Development Plan K – Traffic Plan L – Invasive Species Management Plan M – Barge Load-out and Marine Safety Plan N – Chance Find Procedure O – Wildlife Management Plan APPENDIX 4 Notice of Work Application Form iv
  • 5. 1.0 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Highbank Resources Ltd. (Highbank) is proposing to develop the Swamp Point North Aggregate project located on the east side of the Portland Canal, approximately 65 km south of Stewart, BC. The small aggregate operation will seasonally produce 235,000 t/y over a five year mine life. A 200 t/h capacity crushing, screening and wash plant will be constructed to wash product, or product will be shipped out as run-of-mine without washing. The product will be transferred via an upgraded existing road to a conveyor and barge loadout facility at the existing barge landing site. The Project includes the following components: • • • • • • • • • • • • Sand and gravel quarry Crushing, screening, wash plant Wash plant settling ponds Topsoil and rejects stockpile Camp Generators Upgraded onsite road Laydown and product storage area Fuel storage tanks Conveyor Barge load-out facility Landing ramp This report provides the project design and development details and management plans to support this BC Mine Act, Notice of Work application. 1
  • 6. 2.0 INTRODUCTION The Swamp Point North Aggregate / Portland Canal Aggregates property is located in northwestern British Columbia ( on the east side of the Portland Canal, immediately north of Swamp Point and the mouth of Donahue Creek (see Figure 2.1 and Location Map in the drawings at the end of this report). The property consists of a 51.3 ha uplands Licence of Occupation (#636317, expiry March 5, 2017) and a 7 ha foreshore Licence of Occupation (#636316, expiry March 5, 2017). Drawing 1 (at the end of this document) shows the outline of the licence areas. Figure 2.1 Project Location This report provides all necessary details to support the Notice of Work Application in response to the deficiencies letter from the Ministry of Energy and Mines as noted in the March 15, 2013 report from Jill Pardoe, P.Geo, Sr. Inspector, Permitting. This current document provides updated designs and additional details that supersedes all previous project development designs. 2
  • 7. The Swamp Point North Aggregate Project is described as a glacial outwash complex. Drilling, test pitting and computer modelling completed by Associated Geosciences in 2007 has shown the glacial outwash unit to range in thickness from 2 m to 90 m with an average thickness of about 37 m. Drill logs and sampling analyses indicate that this unit is composed primarily of gravel and sand, with minor amounts of silt, clay, and water-bearing layers. 3.0 LAND USE Highbank’s  Swamp   Point North Aggregate project is located north of Donahue Creek. The Swamp Point aggregates mine property, owned by Ascot Resources Ltd., was partially constructed in 2007 and 2008 and shipped approximately 145,000 t of aggregate by barge in 2007. The Ascot property is located at Swamp Point south of Donahue Creek. The Swamp Point North Aggregate project area was previously logged. Harvested logs were transported offsite using the small gravel road and barge landing. In 2005 and 2006, Portland Canal Aggregates Corporation completed an aggregate exploration program on the property. There have been no other industrial uses at the site. 4.0 4.1 CULTURAL HERITAGE RESOURCES AND FIRST NATIONS ENGAGEMENT ARCHAEOLOGICAL OVERVIEW ASSESSMENT An archaeological Preliminary Field Reconnaissance was completed in July 2013 by Kleanza Consulting Ltd. The July 26th site visit conducted by Stephanie Huddlestan (Kleanza, Field Director),   Colleen   Wesley   (Metlakatla   representative),   Anthony   Moore   (Nisga’a   representative), Gary Musil (Highbank Resources) and Jim Place (Highbank Resources). No archaeological materials, features or areas of archaeological potential were observed during the Preliminary Field Reconnaissance and the site was deemed to have low archaeological potential. The full report is included in Appendix 1. No further surveys or monitoring were recommended; however, a chance find procedure is required for the Licence of Occupation and is included in the management procedures in Appendix 3. 4.2 FIRST NATION ENGAGEMENT Highbank Resources Ltd., the operating company for Portland Canal Aggregates Corporation, signed a Co-operation Agreement on November 5, 2012 with the Metlakatla First Nation and the Metlakatla Development Corporation in the development of the Swamp Point North Aggregate project. 3
  • 8. The Agreement provided the Metlakatla with the opportunity to participate in the economic benefits arising from the development of the property within their traditional territory. In the Agreement, the Metlakatla undertakes and do not object or oppose regulatory applications or approvals, Federal or Provincial sought by Highbank with respect to the Swamp Point North Aggregate operations. The other First Nations in the Swamp Point North area who have aboriginal rights for hunting and  fishing,  are  the  Nisga’a.    Discussions  have  been  taking  place  over  the   years  to   ensure they are fully aware of the plans for development of the area. A larger production rate project  was  discussed  with  the  Nisga’a  in  2007. The most recent correspondence with  the  Nisga’a regarding the current project plans were in relation to the recent renewal for the Licence of Occupation, which outlined the development plans for the small quarry operation presented in this Notice of Work application. The Nisga’a   issued   a   letter   on   August   2,   2013   listing   their   concerns   regarding   the   current   proposed development plan, to which Highbank responded. Copies of these letters are included in Appendix 2. 5.0 5.1 BARGE LANDING AND FORESHORE DEVELOPMENT BARGE LOAD-OUT The barge load-out has been designed by other consultants in consultation with Highbank. The facility will consist of a shore located hopper into which the material will be placed by front-end loader. From the hopper the conveyor will run over water for approximately 69 metres to the discharge point which will dump through a retractable, flexible chute. The conveyor will be covered with hemispherical covers to prevent dust losses and have a solid apron to collect any spillage. Any accumulated spillage will be reclaimed onto the conveyor, as required. The conveyor system will be equipped with an emergency trip cord and guarded in accordance with the latest safety regulations. Barges of up to 5,000 tonne capacity will be positioned alongside five strategically placed mooring dolphins using tugs and at a sufficient depth to accommodate all tidal fluctuations. Empty barges will be positioned at the same time as the loaded barges are removed for transportation. Barges to be loaded will be winched between five dolphins during loading to ensure uniform distribution of the product. Barge loading and unloading will not proceed if weather conditions preclude safe operations. Highbank and contract personnel will be trained in all aspects of docking procedures for loading gravel. The barge load-out area will be provisioned with life buoys, crew flotation vests, life preserver rings, poles and ropes for rescuing anyone who is working near water and be in compliance with Part 3.3.3 of the BC Health, Safety and Reclamation Code (HSRC). Spill kits will also be provided. Signs indicating restricted public access and associated hazards will be posted. 4
  • 9. 5.2 CONSTRUCTION AND OPERATIONS EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES ACCESS Construction and operations equipment and supplies will be brought in using landing craft or small ramp barges and tugs. A small spur road and ramp will be constructed off the existing road at an angle that allows craft to be manoeuvred into position for loading and unloading (Figure 5.1). A spill kit will be located adjacent to this ramp. Fuel (diesel) and fluids will be transported by licensed operators who will comply with all applicable Provincial and Federal fuel handling legislation and procedures for off-loading on site. Fuel, lubricants, hydraulic fluids, food and water for the camp and all supplies will be delivered mainly by boat transportation from Stewart or Prince Rupert, to the landing ramp. “Hot  shot”  and  other  urgent  deliveries  may  be  transported  by  floatplane. Figure 5.1 Supply and Equipment Landing Ramp Landing ramp 5.3 FISHERIES AND OCEANS CANADA (DFO) AUTHORIZATION The load out facility will include dolphins with pilings driven into the seabed and the landing ramp will enter into the intertidal zone. Barge loading will occur offshore where it will not disturb habitat and the conveyor will be designed to catch any conveyor spillage. Pilings provide cover, additional substrate and increase the complexity of the marine habitat. Overall, there is expected to be a net gain in fish habitat. Highbank has contacted DFO to initiate project review and obtain a Habitat Alteration, Disruption or Destruction (HADD) Authorization. 5
  • 10. The landing ramp will be used only at sufficient tide heights that allow adequate depth for loading and unloading of equipment and supplies with minimal impact to the intertidal zone. 5.4 NAVIGABLE WATERS Highbank has contacted Navigable Waters Protection, Transport Canada to obtain authorization for the proposed barge load-out facility. This type of facility has been constructed for previous projects on the coast and no issues have been identified to date. 6
  • 11. 6.0 MINE PLAN Mine design was completed by DMT Geosciences Ltd. 6.1 MINE CROSS-SECTIONS AND PLANS The mine has been designed to extract approximately of 109,000 m3 (235,000 t) of run of mine sand and gravel per year over the five year period covered by the Notice of Work. Drawing 1 (included at the end of this report) shows the extent of mine workings after five years, highlighting the sloped areas and the final benches. Drawings 2 and 3 show crosssections across and along the mine at each annual stage of development, and Drawings 4 to 8 show the extent of mining in annual increments. 6.2 DISTURBED AREA PROJECTIONS The total area of disturbance is estimated at 6.6 ha. Existing disturbance of the camp and road area estimated at 1.1 ha. The first year of operations is estimated to disturb 3.9 ha, followed by 0.4 ha of new disturbance in each of the subsequent four years of operations. 6.3 6.3.1 MINING Site Roads and Ditches The existing access road from the foreshore barge load out site to the pit area, of approximately 750 m, will be widened and re-habilitated to meet the BC Code for a truck haul road. The width over the haul section will be increased to 7.8 m plus a roadside ditch. Bank sloping will widen the road width, and a Code-compliant safety berm will be built on the outside edge. The haul road will exceed the guidance gradient of 5% given in the Health Safety and Reclamation Code, and will therefore require run-out lanes. These are shown on Drawing 4 to 8 at the end of this report. The road will be surveyed as the project moves into construction. Any design revisions to meet Code will be detailed at that time and as built drawings will be kept on site and filed with BC Mines if and as required. For approximately 250 m from the plant, the roadside ditch gradient will be about 12%. The lower portion of the ditch, approximately 500 m, will have a gradient of 6%. As appropriate, ditch erosion will be minimized with silt fences, straw bales, settling ponds, and possibly heavy duty polyethylene sheeting held in place with wooden stakes on steeper sections. Thousand-year return, maximum 24-hour precipitation at Stewart is 177 mm (Ascot, 2005). The drainage area for the road ditch ranges from close to zero at the exit of the pit and wash plant area to approximately 5.5 ha at tidewater. Maximum discharge therefore is estimated to be 0.114 m3/s. The ditch will be constructed to pass 110% of peak flows (Figure 6.1). 7
  • 12. Figure 6.1 Typical Road and Ditch Cross-Section* *Note: Not to scale 6.3.2 Clearing, Stripping and Soil Stockpiling Initial clearing will fell trees and brush, salvaging as much timber as possible. A Special Use permit or Licence to Cut will be obtained from BC Ministry of Forests prior to any clearing. Dozers and backhoes will be used to strip the cover soils and load trucks and move the cover soils to the stockpile (location indicated in Drawing 1). The soil stockpile will be sloped and seeded to prevent as much run-off as possible, although it will be added to as mining progresses. As and when possible over the life of the mine, cover soil will be spread on the cut slopes and the slopes seeded. Tree planting will wait until final closure. The depth of stripping is expected to average less than 0.25 m across the site; drilling results indicate very shallow cover soils. The cover soil volume anticipated totals about 14,000 bcm. The stockpile as designed will accommodate 18,000 bcm. 6.3.3 Production Methods and Development Plan The initial Year 1 pit will generate the largest disturbance because a combination of the pit location and the rising topography requires a long back-slope to achieve the desired slope gradients of 2H:1V (27°). This slope gradient will ensure permanent stability and eliminate the need for re-sloping during reclamation. The back-slope ends within the northern limit of the current licence area, which was the major factor in determining the location of the pit. Vegetation will be removed 2 m back from the edge of excavations for safety. The pit will be developed from the top down in 5 m high lifts with a 2H:1V back slope to the east and day-lighting the bench to the west. A berm will be retained at the edge of the bench to prevent debris from falling down the outside slope while machinery is working close to the edge and subsequently removed and a new berm formed as each bench is taken down. Mining excavations will be carried out by conventional mining equipment consisting of a D9/D10 dozer, excavator, front-end loaders and 35/40 tonne rear dump trucks. A dozer will grade the back-slope to the current bench where it will be lifted by the loaders in 2.5 m 8
  • 13. flitches either into a truck or directly to the wash-plant hopper. The maximum height of any vertical face will be 2.5 m. All mobile equipment will be locked out at the end of each shift. As the working level descends, a 10 m wide haul road will be established at a gradient of 10% from the working level to the wash plant with a side safety berm to meet Code requirements. Safety berms will also be constructed on each bench to a height of at least 1.5 times the radius of the largest tyre in use, on site. The relatively slow rate of production will allow aggregate to be loaded directly by loader from the pit to the wash-plant hopper, or taken by a single truck to a small stockpile for re-handling into the plant. The western run-out lane will eventually be lost to the extraction in the later stages. In lieu of a run-out lane, a median berm will be installed to provide for arresting of a truck in the event of brake failure. 7.0 CRUSHING, SCREENING AND WASH PLANT (CSWP) The installation of a crushing, triple deck screen and washing plant (CSWP) is proposed to prepare saleable product from the mined aggregate. The CSWP is rated at 200 tonnes per hour raw feed through the plant, estimated to produce 128 tonnes of gravel, 72 tonnes of sand and silt per hour. Silt will be mixed with soil in the stockpile and used for reclamation. The CSWP will be located on the 70 m bench along with the settling and clarification ponds, which will supply the water required. Water pumped from sumps on the descending levels will be pumped up to the settling pond. Portable pumps will be installed as required to prevent any uncontrolled flooding. Some product may be shipped without washing if sufficient water is unavailable during short periods of time and if acceptable to clients. Product will be stored as it is produced at a stockpile adjacent to the barge load-out to maintain adequate space around the plant. The water balance calculated for the wash-plant (see subsequent section) shows that the raw feed moisture into the plant plus a make-up of 3.3 m3/h equals the moisture shipped with the product. The washing and screening process uses 17.9 m3/h of water and the settling and clarification ponds will provide a residence time of more than 24 hours with the wash water usage at a maximum, plus flood storage and freeboard. A berm will be constructed around the stockpiled material such that any drainage will either exfiltrate through the gravel or divert into the settling ponds. A dedicated diesel generator will power the CSWP. All diesel storage will be in double walled tanks within a bermed containment area and monitored daily for leakage. A spill kit for handling any loss of diesel will be located adjacent to the tank and generator. The mine and plant will operate in daylight hours only, up to 12 hours per day, 6 days per week for up to eight months of the year. The camp facilities and fuel tanks will be drained and mothballed during the winter months. Given the remote location and the fact that 9
  • 14. nothing of value will remain at the camp, full-time security will not be provided, but ad hoc inspections will be carried out. 8.0 WATER MANAGEMENT Average annual precipitation in Stewart is 1867 mm (Canadian Climate Norms 1981-2010). Thousand-year return period, maximum 24-hour precipitation at Stewart is 177 mm (Ascot, 2005). A 2005/2006 exploration drilling program comprising 10 cored drill holes showed groundwater present in all of the holes. Piezometers were also installed in some of the holes to determine the ground water interface. The working face of the gravel pit will no doubt have ground water seeps throughout the excavation area and this water will be channeled through the work area into ad hoc sumps on the pit floor. A drainage collection ditch and pond will be constructed at the 35 m elevation to collect water that can be pumped up to the wash plant settling ponds for make-up water as needed or drain downslope where it will be intercepted by the road ditch system. The water collection ditch may be lined, would only need to be constructed once for all five years of pit development and would provide an added buffer for stormwater runoff from the pit. A ditch and collection pond will also be constructed on the west side of the road leading from the camp to the wash plant. Collected water may be pumped to the wash plant settling ponds for make-up water or exfiltrate from the pond. No creeks will be diverted or used by the mine development. Start-up and makeup water for the plant will be obtained from site runoff and groundwater seeps collected in the ditches, collection ponds and wash plant settling ponds. Once the wash plant is operating, the only water requirement will be that associated with the shipped products, a net loss in the system of 3.3 m3/hr. If there is insufficient water for washing operations then the plant will produce unwashed aggregate or be shut down until sufficient quantities of water have been restored. If dry screened product only is required then the wash plant settling ponds water will overflow after clarification into the road drainage ditch. The washing and screening process uses 17.9 m3/h of water and the settling and clarification ponds will provide a residence time of more than 24 hours with the wash water usage at a maximum, plus flood storage and freeboard. The sediment control pond at the barge load-out will discharge to the environment. It is the only proposed settling pond on the property that discharges to a water body with aquatic life. Water contaminants associated with construction and operation of an aggregates operation are generally restricted to suspended sediments assuming effective implementation of a 10
  • 15. hydrocarbon spill prevention and response plan. Turbidity (<15 NTU) is proposed as the monitoring parameter target to ensure compliance and protection of the receiving environment. A Waste Management Act permit will be obtained for the project discharge. Receiving water quality objectives, discharge criteria and a monitoring program are presented in the Water Management Plan in Appendix 3. It is proposed to use groundwater from the existing drill holes to provide a water supply for camp water (toilets and showers). 8.1 WATER BALANCE Figure 8.1 presents the site water balance. Wash water requirements are estimated at 17.9 m3/h with 2.1 m3/h makeup water expected to be collected from site runoff. 11
  • 16. Figure 8.1 Water Balance SWAMP POINT NORTH - WATER BALANCE RUN OF PIT MATERIAL 205 Tonnes / Hr @ 5% moisture Water 10.8 m3 / hr JAW CRUSHER Minus 50mm Oversize +300 mm CONE CRUSHER Wash Water 17.9 m3 /hr TRIPLE DECK WASH SCREEN COARSE To barge loader AGGREGATE & CHIPS +3.00 mm 128 tonnes / hr @ 5% H2 O SAND - 3.00 mm 72 tonnes / hr @ 9% H2 O = 6.4 m3 /hr contained Site Reclaim = 6.5 m3 /hr contained Stockpile Drainage Stockpile Drainage 3 2.1 m / hr PROCESS WATER POND FROM STOCKPILES SPRAY WASH WATER SITE WATER COLLECTION DITCHES + SILT @ 2.5 tph max Re-cycle water CLARIFICATION POND vnb 20/08/2013 Rev 4 235,000 tpa 12 To barge loader
  • 17. 9.0 CAMP AND SAFETY PROVISIONS During the initial preparation of the site, the old camp will be refurbished and established for occupation. A dedicated generator will be provided, with a double lined fuel tank with integral berm provided to eliminate any possibility of spillage. Propane will be used for heating and cooking. Spill kits will be located at the camp. The camp will include a first aid room and a first-aid trained worker will be present on site at all times that the camp is occupied, following the Code. A satellite phone will be provided for remote communication. Handheld radios will be used for site communication and traffic control on site. Camp water will be from the existing drill holes. In the initial construction period, potable water may have to be shipped in by boat on a temporary basis until the site water supply is operational. Grey-water and sewage will report to a septic tank and septic field. Recyclable waste will be kept separate and periodically hauled off-site to recycling facilities. Putrescible waste will be stored in wildlife-proof garbage bins and periodically hauled offsite to the landfill in Prince Rupert. Inert, non-recyclable waste will be disposed of in a small landfill at the laydown area. A suitable area for a heli-pad will be staked out and marked according to legislated requirements and a helicopter operator contracted to provide emergency evacuation services for medical emergencies. A boat capable of evacuating the entire complement of the camp will be on stand-by at the barge load-out at all times that the camp is occupied. Details of the Occupational Health and Safety Plan, Emergency Response Plan, Fuel Management and Spill Contingency Plan, Traffic Plan and Barge Loadout and Marine Safety Plan are presented in Appendix 3. 10.0 SURFACE EROSION PREVENTION AND SEDIMENT CONTROL Initial work on the property will include road rehabilitation, including the provision of drainage ditches and culverts required to control the flow of surface water and maintain road surfaces. Silt fences and straw bales will be used to slow down the water flow in the ditches. Settling ponds will be constructed in all locations at the termination of collection ditches, with a two-cell settling pond (Figure 10.1) at the last ditch before entering the marine environment. The settling ponds associated with the plant site will be filled either from surface run-off or through groundwater percolation. It will be necessary to have sufficient water in these ponds at start-up, if washed gravel production is required. If dry screened product only is required then the collection pond water will overflow after clarification into the road drainage ditch. 13
  • 18. As a part of the normal site and plant maintenance, any accumulations of fine silt/sediment will be regularly cleaned out of all settling and polishing ponds. In addition to road rehabilitation, secondary growth logging, removal of scrub and removal of the surface cover soils to a stockpile will be carried out. Erosion of the soil/overburden stockpiles will be controlled by grading and sloping the stockpiled material to a 2H:1V (27°) slope and seeding with grass. Run-off from the soil stockpile will flow to the established drainage ditch to exfiltrate into the gravel substrate or the final settling pond. The mine open cut has been designed so that the slope crest coincides with the crest of the NW/SE ridgeline. The combination of topography and slope crest ensures that precipitation will flow away from the cut naturally. Diversion ditches are, therefore, not expected to be required, but if field conditions dictate, a perimeter ditch will be constructed, excavated in sand and gravel and equipped with silt fences and straw bales to control water flow, as noted above. Each of the benches will be sloped into the cut face as they are developed so that no water escapes the pit. Entrained water will flow to the south-east end of the pit where it will flow into an ad hoc sump and exfiltrate into the gravel or be pumped as make-up water to the wash plant ponds on the 70 m level. A colluvial clay glacial till up to 2.0 m in thickness is found on the property in patches. Moderately impervious, it may be used to line the diversion ditches, ponds and embankment foundations. Figure 10.1 Settling Pond at Barge Load-out 14
  • 19. Figure 10.2 Erosion Control Features Map 11.0 RECLAMATION PLAN The end land use objective is wildlife habitat and forestry. The existing forest is dominated by Western Hemlock and Sitka Spruce. A summary of reclamation plans and costs are presented below, with additional detail presented in the management plans in Appendix 3. At the end of mining, the wash plant and camp site facilities will be dismantled and removed from site. Hazardous materials and residual fuels and tanks will be removed from site and sold or transferred to other sites. Hazardous wastes and any contaminated soils will be removed from site and disposed of at appropriate hazardous waste facilities. Existing heavy equipment on site will be used for regrading slopes. Water management structures such as culverts, ponds, and ditches will be removed, graded and revegetated to allow for long-term stable drainage of the site. 15
  • 20. Reclamation will comprise of the spreading of topsoil on cut slopes and benches, seeding with an approved seed mix and tree planting (pre-mining species of Western Hemlock and Sitka Spruce). As and when possible over the life of the mine, cover soil will be spread on the cut slopes and the slopes seeded. Road and camp areas would be scarified and seeded to grass with trees planted. An invasive species management plan is included in Appendix 3. The five year mine development plan has been divided into yearly phases and a reclamation cost estimated for each phase, as if the mine had to be reclaimed at that time is presented in Table 11.1. The equipment on site will be used to reclaim the land and no additional equipment will have to be brought in. The total area required to be tree-planted is 5.5 ha. Targeting 1200 saplings/ha gives 6,600 saplings at about $0.90 including labour and accommodation costs (at the camp). The processing facility, camp and mobile equipment will be moved off site. Demobilisation costs are estimated at $25,000. The total reclamation cost after five years, including de-mobilisation and a 15% contingency is estimated at $75,000. Table 11.1 Reclamation Cost Estimate Area Hectares (approx) Camp & Common Areas Year 1 Disturbance Year 2 Disturbance Year 3 Disturbance Year 4 Disturbance Year 5 Disturbance 1.1 3.9 0.4 0.4 0.4 0.4 Reclaim to Seed @ $5,000/ha $5,500 $19,500 $2,000 $2,000 $2.000 $2,000 Sapling and Labour Cumulative Total 1320 4680 480 480 480 480 $1,188 $4,212 $432 $432 $432 $432 $6,688 $30,400 $32,832 $35,264 $37,696 $40,128 $25,000 $9,770 Equipment Removal 15% Contingency Trees $65,128 $74,898 In the event of temporary shut-down, the site will be suspended by draining fuel tanks and locking out all equipment and vehicles left on site. This will be the same procedure used each year prior to winter. 12.0 MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND PLANS Appendix 3 includes the following management plans: 16
  • 21. EHSMS Framework A - Occupational Health and Safety Plan B – Mine Emergency Response Plan C – Sediment and Erosion Control Plan D – Hazardous Materials Handling Plan E – Fuel Management and Spill Contingency Plan F – Water Management Plan G – Waste Management Plan H – Reclamation Plan I – Road Design J – Mine Development Plan K – Traffic Plan L – Invasive Species Management Plan M – Barge Load-out and Marine Safety Plan N – Chance Find Procedure O – Wildlife Management Plan As much information as possible is included for this application; however, the plans will be reviewed and updated as necessary as the project moves into construction. Highbank’s   objective for the overall project will maintained. The objective is to develop, operate and close the operation in a safe, efficient manner that provides a favourable return to shareholders, protects the environment, complies will all provincial and federal legislation and benefits local First Nations and communities. In general, the mine management procedures will follow the Aggregate Operators Best Management Practices Handbook for BC (MEM, 2002). 13.0 OTHER PERMIT REQUIREMENTS Highbank’s  project  is  below the production threshold of 500,000 t/y and therefore it is not a reviewable project under the BC Environmental Assessment Act. Expected permit requirements based on the details of the proposed project described herein: Ministry of Energy and Mines, Mines Act, Notice of Work (this application) Navigable Waters Protection, Transport Canada Authorization DFO Habitat Alteration, Disruption or Destruction (HADD) Authorization Waste Management Act permit for surface water runoff, sediment control ponds Ministry of Forests, Licence to Cut permit for timber clearing Ministry of Environment, Waste Management permit for inert waste landfill Health Permit for camp operations 17
  • 22. Discussions have been initiated with some of these permitting agencies and will continue to ensure all required permits are in place prior to construction. 14.0 Ascot Resources Ltd., www.eao.bc.ca. 2005. REFERENCES Environmental Assessment Certificate Application. BC Ministry of Energy and Mines, 2002. Aggregate Operators Best Management Practices Handbook for British Columbia. Volume 1, Introduction and Planning. Volume 2, Best Management Practices. http://www.em.gov.bc.ca/ . 18
  • 23. DRAWINGS Project Location DRAWING 1 Site Location and General Arrangement at Closure DRAWING 2 Sections A, B and C DRAWING 3 Sections D, E and LL DRAWING 4 Mine Workings Year 1 DRAWING 5 Mine Workings Year 2 DRAWING 6 Mine Workings Year 3 DRAWING 7 Mine Workings Year 4 DRAWING 8 Mine Workings Year 5 Process Plant General Arrangement Layout
  • 24. Appendix 1 Archaeological Reconnaissance Study Kleanza Consulting
  • 25. Kleanza Consulting Ltd. 5520 Kleanza Drive, Terrace, BC, V8G 0A7 Phone 250-638-8970 Fax 250-638-8940 August 16, 2013 Mr. Victor Bryant President and CEO Highbank Resources #600- 625 Howe Street Vancouver, BC, V6C 2T6 RE: Preliminary Field Reconnaissance of Portland Canal, Swamp Point North, Proposed Aggregate Quarry 1.0 Introduction This letter report presents the results of an archaeological Preliminary Field Reconnaissance (PFR) of the Phase 1 development area for the proposed Swamp Point North aggregate project (the project area). This PFR assessed the Phase 1 location specifically, and did not include survey of the larger License of Occupation (LOC). Kleanza Consulting (Kleanza) completed this field reconnaissance, at the request of Highbank Resources, on July 26th, 2013. The project area lies within the traditional territory of the Nisga’a and Metlakatla First Nations. The project area was examined by pedestrian reconnaissance. The objective of the PFR was to assess the archaeological site potential of the project area, and to determine if the proposed developments required further archaeological work in the form of an Archaeological Impact Assessment (AIA). The Archaeological potential of the project area was evaluated based on a desktop review of the proposed Phase 1 location and nearby region, as well as thorough observations made during the field reconnaissance. No archaeological materials, features or areas of archaeological potential were identified within the project area. No further archaeological survey or monitoring work is recommended for the proposed development area, provided the proponent does not significantly amend the development area boundaries. 5520 Kleanza Drive | Terrace, BC | V8G 0A7 | t. 250.638.8970 | f. 250.638.8940 |e. amanda@kleanza.com
  • 26. August 16, 2013 Kleanza Consulting Ltd. 2.0 Archaeological Assessment and Review Process The Archaeology Branch, Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, the provincial government agent responsible for the management of archaeological sites in BC, has established an Archaeological Impact Assessment (AIA) process for industry development and research proponents to evaluate and mitigate the impacts to heritage resources (Archaeology Branch, 1998). There are three main stages in the AIA process: a) Overview: The overview is intended to identify areas of archaeological potential and is generally a mapping exercise and desktop review of previous assessments for a proposed development area. Sometimes a PFR, or reconnaissance level survey, is conducted to verify the validity of an overview and from there recommendations are made with regard to further archaeological impact assessment studies. This study constituted a PFR. b) Impact Assessment: The AIA focuses on inventory, or identification and evaluation of archaeological resources within a proposed development area. An AIA includes both PFR level survey, subsurface shovel testing, and the sampling of trees conducted under a Section 14, Heritage Inspection Permit, issued by the Archaeology Branch. c) Impact Management or Mitigation: Impact management usually involves the reduction of adverse impacts to archaeological sites as a result of development, and typically includes site protection (avoidance) by project redesign. In rare cases, sites cannot be avoided and systematic data recovery or site mitigation is conducted. All sites located in the province that pre-date AD 1846 are protected by the Heritage Conservation Act (HCA), and can only be altered under a Section 12 Alteration Permit issued by the Archaeology Branch (Archaeology Branch, 2009). 3.0 Project Area Background The proposed Phase 1 development area is located on the eastern shore of the Portland Canal near Swamp Point, approximately 35 km west of Kitsault, BC. Donahue Creek is located approximately 300 m south of the project area (Photo 1, Figure 1). This PFR assessed the Phase 1 location specifically, and did not include survey of the larger License of Occupation (LOC). 5520 Kleanza Drive | Terrace, BC | V8G 0A7 | t. 250.638.8970 | f. 250.638.8940 |e. amanda@kleanza.com
  • 27. August 16, 2013 Kleanza Consulting Ltd. Photo 1: View north to the project area. Mouth of Donahue Creek flowing into the Portland Canal pictured in foreground. The project area lies at an elevation between 0 to 84 meters asl 1 and falls within the Coastal Western Hemlock Biogeoclimatic Zone. Western hemlock, western red cedar and Sitka spruce trees are common throughout the Costal Western Hemlock Zone (Egan 1999). Other trees include amabilis fir, yellow cedar, Douglas fir, grand fir, lodgepole pine, black cottonwood, western white pine, big leaf maple and red alder. The understory is characterized by a blanket of moss, interspersed with a variety of flowers, fungi and shrubs. The project area is located along the north coast of BC, and would have been affected by glacial and sealevel histories. The north coast of BC was beneath 1,500 - 2,000 m of glacial ice during the Late Wisconsinan glacial maximum approximately 16,000 years ago. By 15,000 to 14,500 years ago, deglaciation was occurring rapidly at the mouth of the Skeena River, as ice was broken up by rising sea levels (Clague, 1985; Fladmark, 2001). It is generally accepted that the outer coast was essentially icefree and habitable by humans by about 13,000 years ago, with the Prince Rupert area being ice free by sometime prior to approximately 12,700 +/- BP 2 (Clague, 1985; Fladmark, 2001). Major sea level changes affected the coastal portions of BC following the last glaciations. A combination of eustatic, isostatic, and tectonic factors has created complex, regionally specific sea level histories for coastal regions (Clague et al., 1982). Immediately following deglaciation, relative sea levels were higher than present levels in the north coast mainland region, and proceeded to fall, to reach close to modern 1 2 Above Sea Level Before Present (1950) 5520 Kleanza Drive | Terrace, BC | V8G 0A7 | t. 250.638.8970 | f. 250.638.8940 |e. amanda@kleanza.com
  • 28. August 16, 2013 Kleanza Consulting Ltd. levels around 8,000 BP (Clague et al., 1982). However, sea level and environmental stabilization of the North Coast mainland region did not occur until approximately 5000 BP (Fladmark, 1975; 2001). This history of changing sealevels indicates a possibility for raised shoreline archaeological sites within the project area, in areas that are now above the current sea level. 3.1 Development The proposed development consists of construction of an aggregate quarry. Anticipated impacts to the project area include the mining of aggregate material utilizing dozers , excavators, dump trucks and other heavy machinery. 4.0 Methodology 4.1 Background Review Prior to the field visit, basic background information relating to the project area was reviewed. This included a review of the Provincial Heritage Register, using the Remote Access to Archaeological Data (RAAD) application, to determine if any previously recorded sites were located within or adjacent to the project area. Topographic maps and development plans of the project area were also reviewed. 4.2 Field Methods The field assessment was limited to a visual inspection of the project area to assess archaeological potential. A crew of 3 people, spaced 10 to 20 m apart conducted judgmental pedestrian traverses throughout the project area. Please see Figure 2 for the location of these transects. These transects focused on terrain features associated with archaeological potential, such as streams, ridges, and breaks in slope. Terrain features were examined for archaeological potential. The ground surface was inspected for evidence of cultural materials or features, such as trails or cultural depressions. Mature trees were examined for any evidence of cultural modification, such as bark-stripping, tool marks, or test holes. Natural exposures, such as tree throws and road cutbanks, were examined for evidence of buried cultural deposits. The location of field traverses were marked on field maps and recorded by GPS track logs. Field notes were kept, detailing the overall terrain, vegetation, and archaeological potential of the project area. The project area was also viewed from a low-flying float plane to provide the crew with an overview of terrain features. 5.0 Results 5.1 Background Review Ethnographic Background As previously stated, the project lies within the traditional territory of the Metlakatla First Nation (Coast Tsimshian) and the Nisga’a Nation. 5520 Kleanza Drive | Terrace, BC | V8G 0A7 | t. 250.638.8970 | f. 250.638.8940 |e. amanda@kleanza.com
  • 29. August 16, 2013 Kleanza Consulting Ltd. Detailed historical and ethnographic accounts of the Tsimshian can be found in Beynon (1941) Garfield (1939), Duff (1964), and others, and are nicely summarized by Halpin & Seguin (1990). The Tsimshian are geographically located on the northwest coast, along the Nass and Skeena Rivers, and along the inlets and islands along the estuaries extending south to Milbanke Sound (Halpin & Seguin 1990). The Nisga’a are culturally similar to the Tsimshian peoples; however, they are distinctive both geographically and linguistically (Halpin & Seguin 1990). Located in the Nass valley, the Nisga’a are geographically divided into the lower Nass (Gitkateen and Gitgigenik) and the upper Nass (Gitwunksithk and Gitlakdamiks). The upper Nass groups traditionally moved downriver during peak eulachon fishing times, usually in late winter or early spring (Halpin & Seguin 1990). The Nisga’a’s social organization is based on four clans: wolf, raven, eagle, and killer whale. The Nisga’a of the upper Nass had more focus on land mammal hunting than their coastal neighbours. The Tsimshian and Nisga’a annual subsistence round has been well documented by Boas (1916) and summarized by Halpin & Seguin (1990). Winter consisted of eulachon fishing along the Nass and Skeena Rivers with the remainder of the winter spent in the winter villages along the coast (Halpin & Seguin 1990). In the springtime, people gathered seaweed, halibut, herring eggs, cedar bark, and the inner cambium of several trees species (hemlock, spruce, and lodgepole pine). In early June, the eggs of seagulls and oyster catchers were gathered, and abalone was gathered from the beaches at lower tides (Halpin & Seguin 1990). Salmon were gathered and processed at traditional fishing sites where seasonal camps were maintained. Women harvested berries and crabapples, and cranberries were stored for later use in the fall (Halpin & Seguin 1990). Various roots and shoots were also collected for consumption during the summer months. In the early fall, people concentrated on the collection and preservation of salmon, which was smoked and dried in great quantities (Halpin & Seguin 1990). After the salmon season, the hunting of other large game and sea mammals was undertaken. Shellfish was also collected and consumed throughout the winter months (Halpin & Seguin 1990). A majority of the material culture used by the Tsimshian and Nisga’a was made of organic materials that does not preserve well in inland archaeological sites, such as bone, antler, shell, and wood. In a boreal forest environment with acidic soils, bone preservation is generally poor, and only the burning of bones in a campfire or deposition within a matrix of shell aids in its preservation. Therefore, archaeological site visibility in the northwest coast region largely depends on the accumulation of lithic materials from stone tool use, or the remains of other physical features such as noticeable depressions in the ground, trails, CMTs, petroforms, and rock art sites. The greatest concentration of lithics result from butchering and processing of fish, meat, and hides in proximity to habitation structures at major camps, whereas the procurement of plant resources, smaller mammals and birds, or kill sites of individual large game animals leave little to no archaeological evidence. Round pits excavated into the ground for storage, also referred to as cache pits, and were often located in the vicinity of fishing villages. These pits were used to store large quantities of salmon and other foods for later use during the winter. Over time large accumulations of shell and bone often formed on coastal village sites, known as shell middens. These middens are still visible today, and are an important identifier of habitation sites along the coast. 5520 Kleanza Drive | Terrace, BC | V8G 0A7 | t. 250.638.8970 | f. 250.638.8940 |e. amanda@kleanza.com
  • 30. August 16, 2013 Kleanza Consulting Ltd. Archaeological Background According to the Provincial Heritage Register (accessed via Remote Access to Archaeological Data) there is one previously recorded site within approximately 5 km of the project area (Figure 1). GjTm-1 is located approximately 5 km north of the project area, and consists of 90 Culturally Modified Trees (CMTs), including 2 aboriginally logged stumps, 70 tapered bark-stripped CMTs, 7 rectangular barkstripped CMTs and 11 girdled bark-stripped CMTs (Cooper et al. 2004). GjTm-1 was recorded by Millennia Research Ltd., during an archaeological assessment of a proposed forestry block. Expected archaeological site types within the project area included pre-contact CMTs, sub-surface deposits and raised beach or shell midden sites. 5.2 Field Reconnaissance Results The PFR was conducted on July 26th by Stephanie Huddlestan (Kleanza, Field Director), Colleen Wesley (Metlakatla representative) and Anthony Moore (Nisga’a representative). Gary Musil (Highbank Resources) and Jim Place (Highbank Resources) also accompanied the crew during the PFR. 5.2.1 Project Area Description An old access/logging road connects the beach to the project area. It is still in good condition but has aspens overgrowing on both sides. The southern and eastern portion of the development area is gently undulating, with an overall aspect toward the west. Areas of poorly drained ground are located throughout the project area. A road cutbank exposure was examined, and displays stratigraphy consisting of a thin humic layer (dark brown organic silt) underlain by a mixture of light brown sand and poorly sorted rounded to sub-rounded gravels, pebbles, cobbles and boulders ( Photo 2). The vegetation observed from this portion of the survey consist primarily of hemlock with very few standing cedars. The understory is dense consisting of aspen, blueberry, huckleberry, false azalea and a variety of fern species (Photo 3). Skunk cabbage and sphagnum moss are also present within the poorly drained areas. 5520 Kleanza Drive | Terrace, BC | V8G 0A7 | t. 250.638.8970 | f. 250.638.8940 |e. amanda@kleanza.com
  • 31. August 16, 2013 Kleanza Consulting Ltd. Photo 2: Example of exposed stratigraphy examined in the road cut-bank The vegetation and terrain remained the same throughout the northern and western portion of the development area. Geotechnical test pits excavated during 2007-08 were also identified during the survey. Evidence of recent and historic logging is present throughout the project area including chainsaw cut logs and stumps. The western portion of the development area is located on steep side slopes (<30%). Hemlock is the dominant tree species along the side slopes. No archaeological materials, features or areas of archaeological potential were observed during the PFR. Photo 3: Typical vegetation within the project area 5520 Kleanza Drive | Terrace, BC | V8G 0A7 | t. 250.638.8970 | f. 250.638.8940 |e. amanda@kleanza.com
  • 32. August 16, 2013 Kleanza Consulting Ltd. 5.2.2 Potential Assessment The project area is considered to have low archaeological potential, due to the terrain being relatively featureless and undulating, or steeply sloping and/or poorly drained. No landforms with the potential to contain subsurface sites were identified. The project area has low potential for pre-1846 AD CMTs due to the lack of mature cedar trees, and the extent of historical-era and recent logging activity. 6.0 Recommendations and Further Work No areas of archaeological potential, or any archaeological materials or features, were identified within the project area. It is considered unlikely that undiscovered subsurface materials are present in this area. No further archaeological survey or monitoring work is recommended for the proposed project area, provided the proponent does not significantly amend the development area boundaries of the Phase 1 development. If future phases of development are proposed outside of Phase 1, we also recommend conducting an additional PFR of these areas. Additionally it is recommended that the proponent: Discuss with the involved First Nations any management concerns they may have in regards to the proposed development area; and, Recognize the possibility that additional, unidentified cultural heritage resources might be present in portions of the project area that were not traversed on-the-ground. 7.0 Unanticipated Cultural Materials and Study Limitations Every attempt was made to locate and record all archaeological sites within the development area boundaries; however, the possibility exists that some cultural materials or features may have been missed. If any unidentified archaeological or cultural heritage resources are encountered during construction, work in the nearby vicinity should stop and the Archaeology Branch, the Ministry of Forests, lands and Natural resource Operations, and a qualified archaeologist should be informed. 8.0 Closure This report was prepared for use by the proponent specified herein. Any third party use of this report is the responsibility of that third party. This study does not constitute a traditional use study, and was prepared without prejudice to First Nations Treaty Negotiations, aboriginal rights or aboriginal title. 5520 Kleanza Drive | Terrace, BC | V8G 0A7 | t. 250.638.8970 | f. 250.638.8940 |e. amanda@kleanza.com
  • 33. August 16, 2013 Kleanza Consulting Ltd. Signed by: Amanda Palmer, M.A., Operations Manager References Archaeology Branch (1998). Archaeological Impact Assessment Guidelines. On file with the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations , BC From http://www.tca.gov.bc.ca/archaeology/docs/impact_assessment_guidelines/index.htm Archaeology Branch (2009). Heritage Conservation Act (RSBC 1996): Chapter 187. On file with the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations. Victoria, BC. From http://www.bclaws.ca/Recon/document/freeside/--%20H%20-/Heritage%20Conservation%20Act%20%20RSBC%201996%20%20c.%20187/00_96187_01.xml Boas, F. (1916). Tsimshian Mythology. Based on texts recorded by Henry w. Tate. Pp 29-1037 in 31st Annual Report of the Bureau of American Ethnology for the Years 1909-1910. Washington. Beynon, W. (1941). Tsimshians of Metlakatla, Alaska. American Anthropologist 43(1): 83-88. Clague, J.J., J.R. Harper, R.J. Hebda, and D.E. Howes (1982). Late Quaternary sea levels and crustal movements, coastal British Columbia. Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences, 19: 597-618. Clague, J.J. (1985). Deglaciation of the Prince Rupert – Kitimat area, British Columbia. Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences, 22: 256-265. Cooper, D., J. Lindeberg, D. Owens and M. Eldridge. (2004) North Coast Forest District, Archaeological Impact Assessments Conducted Under Permit 2002-294, Final Report of the 2002-2003 Field Season. Unpublished repot on file with the Archaeology Branch, Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, Victoria, BC Duff, W. (1964). The Indian History of British Columbia. Vol. 1: The Impact of the White Man. Anthropology in British Columbia. Memoirs 5. Victoria. Egan, B. 1999 The Ecology of the Coast Western Hemlock Zone, Ministry of Forests, B.C. 5520 Kleanza Drive | Terrace, BC | V8G 0A7 | t. 250.638.8970 | f. 250.638.8940 |e. amanda@kleanza.com
  • 34. August 16, 2013 Kleanza Consulting Ltd. Fladmark, K. (1975). A Paleoecological Model for Northwest Coast Prehistory. Mercury Series, Paper 43, Archaeological Survey of Canada. Ottawa: National Museum of Man. Fladmark, K. (2001). From Land to Sea: Late Quaternary Environments of the Northern Northwest Coast. In Perspectives on Northern Northwest Coast Prehistory, edited by Jerome S. Cybulski. Hull: Canadian Museum of Civilization, Archaeological Survey of Canada, Mercury Series Paper 160, pp. 25-47. Garfield, V. (1939). Tsimshian Clan and Society. University of Washington Publications in Anthropology, 7(3): 167-340. Seattle. Halpin M. & M. Seguin (1990). Tsimshian Peoples: Southern Tsimshian, Coast Tsimshian, Nishga, and Gitksan. In, Handbook of North American Indians, edited by Wayne Suttles, Volume 7, Northwest Coast, pp. 267-284. Washington: Smithsonian Institution. 5520 Kleanza Drive | Terrace, BC | V8G 0A7 | t. 250.638.8970 | f. 250.638.8940 |e. amanda@kleanza.com
  • 35. hu na D o Surface Tenure LOC# 635857 e C re ek ^ GjTm-1 Foreshore Licence LOC# 635856 Swamp Point P or tl an d C an al ek re C o n Portland Canal be rs Figure 1 Archaeological Sites R ^ P ro j ec t A re a Lo c a ti o n o . Bonanza Lake Kleanza Consulting Ltd. 5520 Kleanza Drive Terrace, BC V8G 0A7 0 0.5 1 1.5 2 2.5 Kilometers 1:50,000 W:esridatadkmKleanzaPortland_CanalPortland_Canal_Fig1.mxd Maple Point
  • 36. 434500 6149500 434000 6150000 6150000 433500 6149500 433000 6149000 6149000 Surface Tenure LOC# 635857 6148500 6148500 Foreshore Licence LOC# 635856 . P ro j ec t A re a Lo c a ti o n Portland Canal 6148000 6148000 Swamp Point Figure 2 Survey Transect Centre Licence of Occupation Phase 1 Development Kleanza Consulting Ltd. 5520 Kleanza Drive Terrace, BC V8G 0A7 100 200 300 400 500 Meters 6147500 6147500 0 1:10,000 W:esridatadkmKleanzaPortland_CanalPortland_Canal_Fig2.mxd 433000 433500 434000 434500
  • 37. Appendix 2 Nisga’a Correspondence
  • 38. Highbank Resources Ltd. #600 – 625 Howe Street Vancouver, B.C. V6C 2T6 Ph: (604) 683-6648 Fax: (604) 683-1350 E-Mail: highbank@telus.net www.highbankresources.com Your  ref:  Nisga’a  Lisims,  letter  dated  August 2nd 2013 Dear Mr. Kiiskila, This letter is in response to your August 2, 2013 letter from Collier Azak, CEO of the Nisga’a  Lisims  Government.     For clarification, the original application for the Amended Licence of Occupation was at a time when Highbank Resources Ltd. was considering an alternative loadout location, approximately 1.5 km to the North of that proposed in the approved 51 ha Licence of Occupation area and included a larger area of sand and gravel extraction. The current application is to expand the Licence of Occupation area for the purposes of sand and gravel exploration. The currently proposed sand and gravel mining is only for a small portion of the deposit located in the existing licence area and uses the existing loadout and camp location. Further   to   this   clarification,   the   Nisga’a   Lisims   Government   concerns   and   questions   are   addressed as follows: 1) The expanded LOA application will be for sand and gravel exploration. All extraction and loading will take place within the licenced 51 ha area. 2) No new roads, camps or other construction activity will take place in the expanded area at this time. 3) It is expected that the validity of the approved application will be for the usual 5 years. A new licence and consultation would need to take place prior to any sand and gravel extraction in the new area. 4) The baseline studies in 2007 produced an ecosystem map and included a bird survey that confirmed the presence of Marbled Murrelet in the Donahue Creek estuary and oceanfront and indicated that they likely breed in the region (electronic copy of report with ecosystem map is attached). There is only a small area of old growth forest located in the expanded LOA; however,  Gartner  Lee’s  report  concluded  the  following:
  • 39. “Marbled murrelets were detected on every Marine habitat survey during the breeding season and were the second most abundant marine bird after mew gulls. Based on the numbers of murrelets observed and the occurrence of suitable nesting habitat within the region, it is highly likely that the species is breeding in the RSA. “Nesting surveys for murrelets were not conducted as part of this assessment, and we therefore cannot conclude with certainty that the species is not nesting in the LSA. However; based on the small footprint of the proposed project and the Low and Very Low nesting suitability typically observed in mature forest stands of the LSA, the probability of murrelets nesting there is low. Based on the relatively small size of the proposed development footprint and the even smaller area of mature forest proposed to be removed, the amount of potential nesting habitat that would be impacted by development is small relative to both the total amount of habitat available in the RSA and habitat impacts from other resource development activities in the region, notably forest harvesting.” 5) Highbank does not intend to carry out any activity other than exploration in the requested expanded licence of occupation area. An environmental assessment under the BC Environmental Assessment Act, including full consultation requirements, would need to be completed if Highbank proposed to extract sand and gravel over the threshold production level of 1,000,000 metric tonnes over four years. Development plans would also need to be submitted and permitted, including consultation, for extraction less than this production threshold in the expansion area. The main purpose of the request for the expanded area is to consolidate the resource holdings of Highbank and ensure that any investment in the existing, already permitted area, can meet the usual financial hurdles in terms of project longevity and return to investors. Highbank trust that the above answers any questions regarding the expanded LOA request but would be pleased to address any further concerns. Yours truly, Vic Bryant President / CEO c.c. Mary Moran Jenifer Hill – Micon International Ltd. Attached: 2007 Baseline study
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  • 41. Appendix 3 Management Plans EHSMS – Environmental, Health & Safety Management System A - Occupational Health and Safety Plan B – Mine Emergency Response Plan C – Sediment and Erosion Control Plan D – Hazardous Materials Handling Plan E – Fuel Management and Spill Contingency Plan F – Water Management Plan G – Waste Management Plan H – Reclamation Plan I – Road Design J – Mine Development Plan K – Traffic Plan L – Invasive Species Management Plan M – Barge Load-out and Marine Safety Plan N – Chance Find Procedure O – Wildlife Management Plan
  • 42. EHS Management System Framework No. EHSMS 00 Revision Date 2013-10-28 Page EHSMS-1 Swamp Point North Aggregates Project SIGNATURE DATE PREPARED BY: J. Hill __________________ Oct.25, 2013 REVIEWED BY: V. Bryant __________________ Oct.28, 2013 APPROVED BY: V. Bryant __________________ Oct.28, 2013 APPROVED BY: __________________ _______________ ISSUE / REVISION INDEX Issue Code No. RI 00 By JH Revision Rev’d. App. Revision Details Date 2013-10-28 Released for Information Issue Codes: RI = Released for Information, IM = Released for Implementation, RC = Released for Revision and Comment
  • 43. EHS Management System Framework No. EHSMS 00 Revision Date 2013-10-28 Page EHSMS-2 PREFACE This document forms part of the Environmental, Health and Safety Management System (EHSMS) for the Swamp Point North Aggregates Project. The EHSMS in its entirety provides the practices, procedures and resources that need to be implemented for effective management to ensure the project complies with legislated requirements and best practices throughout the life of the project. The EHSMS includes the following documents: EHSMS Framework - Document  that  provides  the  company’s  environmental,  health  and   safety policies, objectives, organization, responsibilities, resources, document management and review requirements for the EHS program. A - Occupational Health and Safety Plan B – Mine Emergency Response Plan C – Sediment and Erosion Control Plan D – Hazardous Materials Handling Plan E – Fuel Management and Spill Contingency Plan F – Water Management Plan G – Waste Management Plan H – Reclamation Plan I – Road Design J – Mine Development Plan K – Traffic Plan L – Invasive Species Management Plan M – Barge Loadout and Marine Safety Plan N – Chance Find Procedure O – Wildlife Management Plan
  • 44. EHS Management System Framework No. EHSMS 00 Revision Date 2013-10-28 Page EHSMS-3 Mission Statement To develop, operate and close the operation in a safe, efficient manner that provides a favourable return to shareholders, protects the environment, complies will all provincial and federal legislation and benefits local First Nations and communities. Highbank is committed to a program of continual improvement of its management systems and environmental, health and safety performance. Organization and Responsibilities The Mine Manager will ultimately be responsible for the Environmental, Health and Safety compliance at the project. A senior worker with appropriate environmental and technical expertise will be responsible for Environmental Coordinator duties. A senior worker with appropriate health and safety expertise will be responsible as Health and Safety Coordinator for oversight and implementation of the Health and Safety programs. A worker trained in Industrial First Aid, including a Transportation Endorsement will be on site when the camp is occupied. Both the Environmental Coordinator and Mine Manager will have the authority to stop construction/operations, if needed, to protect the environment. Both the Health and Safety Coordinator and Mine Manager will have the authority to stop construction/operations, if needed, to protect worker health and safety. Environmental, health and safety compliance will be integrated in the site induction program and all workers are responsible for notifying the Safety Officer, Environmental Coordinator and/or Mine Manager if there is a potential for non-compliance. Objectives and Targets The mine management procedures generally follow the Aggregate Operators Best Management Practices Handbook for BC (MEM, 2002) and the BC Health, Safety and Reclamation Code (2008). These Best Management Practices have been modified to be site-specific for the Swamp Point North Aggregate Project and are maintained as plans and procedures within this Environmental Health and Safety Management System (EHSMS). Specific plans integral to this EHSMS are listed in the preface.
  • 45. EHS Management System Framework No. EHSMS 00 Revision Date 2013-10-28 Page EHSMS-4 Auditing Program At least annually, an internal auditing team will complete an environmental, health and safety audit of site facilities and practices to check for legislative compliance and conformance with plans and procedures in the EHSMS. An audit report will be prepared by the auditing team, presented to management for review, and an action plan developed to correct any noncompliances or non-conformances. The Mine Manager, Environmental Coordinator and Health and Safety Coordinator will be responsible for following up and documenting completion of corrective actions. Document Control and Record Keeping Copies of all permits, plans and procedures related to the environmental, health and safety programs will be kept on site and in head office. All plans and procedures will be periodically reviewed by management and updated at least annually. All plans and procedures will be marked with the date and all outdated documents will be clearly  marked  ‘superseded’  and  archived. Records will be kept in the main office on site for monitoring results, training, incident reports and corrective actions.
  • 46. Occupational Health and Safety Plan No. OHS 00 Revision Date 2013-10-28 Page OHS-1 Swamp Point North Aggregates Project SIGNATURE DATE PREPARED BY: D. Makepeace __________________ Oct.25, 2013 REVIEWED BY: V. Bryant __________________ Oct.28, 2013 APPROVED BY: V. Bryant __________________ Oct.28, 2013 APPROVED BY: __________________ _______________ ISSUE / REVISION INDEX Issue Revision Code No. By Rev’d. App. RI 00 DM Revision Details Date 2013-10-28 Released for Information Issue Codes: RI = Released for Information, IM = Released for Implementation, RC = Released for Revision and Comment
  • 47. Occupational Health and Safety Plan No. OHS 00 Revision Date 2013-10-28 Page OHS-2 PREFACE This document forms part of the Environmental, Health and Safety Management System (EHSMS) for the Swamp Point North Aggregates Project. The EHSMS in its entirety provides the practices, procedures and resources that need to be implemented for effective management to ensure the project complies with legislated requirements and best practices throughout the life of the project. The EHSMS includes the following documents: EHSMS Framework - Document  that  provides  the  company’s  environmental,  health  and   safety policies, objectives, organization, responsibilities, resources, document management and review requirements for the EHS program. A - Occupational Health and Safety Plan B – Mine Emergency Response Plan C – Sediment and Erosion Control Plan D – Hazardous Materials Handling Plan E – Fuel Management and Spill Contingency Plan F – Water Management Plan G – Waste Management Plan H – Reclamation Plan I – Road Design J – Mine Development Plan K – Traffic Plan L – Invasive Species Management Plan M – Barge Loadout and Marine Safety Plan N – Chance Find Procedure O – Wildlife Management Plan
  • 48. Occupational Health and Safety Plan No. OHS 00 Revision Date 2013-10-28 Page OHS-3 Mine Health & Safety Regulatory Framework The Preliminary Swamp Point North Aggregates Project Health and Safety Plan has been developed to conform to regulatory requirements within the Province of British Columbia. Highbank Resources is committed to meeting regulatory requirements, and to providing safe and healthy working conditions for all site workers. The B.C. Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources (MEM) has the regulatory authority for worker health and safety on B.C. mine sites, including aggregate extraction operations. MEM implements the Mines Act, RSBC Chapter 293, and its accompanying Health, Safety and Reclamation Code for Mines in British Columbia, 2003 (Code). The Code requires that aggregate operations adhere to the following: Ensure that sand and gravel extraction activities are undertaken in a manner that protects the health and safety of workers on the mining site and the public who may be affected by the extraction activities; Manage impacts of extraction activities on other resource values including timber, fish and wildlife and their habitat, water quality and cultural heritage resources; and Monitor the extraction of the aggregate resources and to ensure maximum extraction with a minimum of environmental disturbance, taking into account sound engineering practice and prevailing economic conditions. Health & Safety Issues & Resolution Highbank Resources Ltd. is committed to the Code purposes and understands that Health, Safety and Environmental Protection are vital elements of the Project, and that this protection is essential to achieving a long term successful operation. Highbank is also committed to: Providing safe and appropriate equipment; Ensuring the right for an employee to refuse to perform dangerous or unsafe work; Developing, maintaining, and continually reviewing the operating practices and procedures of the company; and Promoting positive attitudes toward safety, health and environmental protection within the organization. Highbank will ensure that workers are adequately trained to do their jobs, and are provided with instruction in safe work procedures and practices. This is expected to contribute to safer working conditions and improved environmental protection. A safe and healthy work place is the right and responsibility of all mine workers. All persons employed or contracted to Highbank will be expected to correct or report unsafe conditions and practices; to work cooperatively in preventing accidents, in all areas of the operation; and to ensure that their individual actions adhere to environmental requirements and commitments for the mine.
  • 49. Occupational Health and Safety Plan No. OHS 00 Revision Date 2013-10-28 Page OHS-4 One member of the mine supervisory staff will be assigned primary responsibility for assessing, monitoring and reporting on health, safety, training and environmental requirements for the operation. This individual will be responsible for implementing and, as appropriate, expanding the programs described in this section for the management of health, safety, security, environment, materials handling, and emergency preparedness and response. Implementation of these plans will be focused on ensuring compliance with the Code, including the following Sections: 10.1.1 through 10.7.31 - Mine Plan and Reclamation (Closure) Plan; 1.6.1 - Establishing an Occupational Health and Safety Committee; 1.12.1 - Ensure all workers are under the direct supervision of a holder of an Open Pit Shiftboss Certificate; 1.6.9 - Develop a Mine Health and Safety Program specific to the site; 1.7.1 through 1.7.3 - Accident and Dangerous Occurrence Protocols: o 2.13.1 through 2.13.20 - Workplace Hazardous Materials Information (WHMIS); o 3.6.1 - Provide and maintain first aid supplies and personnel; and o 3.7.1 - Develop a Mine Emergency Response Plan. Specific worker health and safety concerns common to aggregate operations are noise and dust. Consideration of both noise and dust has been integral to design and planning of the Swamp Point North Aggregates Project. Neither concern is expected to be significant in terms of off-site human health, given the remote location of the site. Design and operational mitigation features, in combination with the high precipitation at the site and contingency mitigation measures, are expected to reduce dust to minimal levels. Similar measures have been undertaken for noise, however it is recognized that personal protection measures will be required for workers in certain areas of the site. NOISE MANAGEMENT Noise is associated with a number of common activities at aggregate operations, including loading, crushing, screening, washing, and hauling. Noise levels can be expected to increase as production increases. As noted above, no significant off-site human health concerns related to noise are expected for the Swamp Point North Aggregates Project Operation, due to the remote location of the site. Noise will still be a factor for the employees on-site throughout the project life, and will be addressed during all phases of the operation. Noise management and mitigation measures will follow applicable practices described in the Aggregate Operators Best Management Practices Handbook for British Columbia (MEM, 2002), including measures as described below. Noise generating activities at aggregate operations have varying duration and intensity, such as loading operations which are intermittent and have lower impact, versus processing and crushing operations which are more continuous and have higher noise levels.
  • 50. Occupational Health and Safety Plan No. OHS 00 Revision Date 2013-10-28 Page OHS-5 Noise at the Swamp Point North Aggregates Project will be mitigated to the extent practicable during the construction, operation, and closure phases of the project. Specific noise sources at the mine will include: Mobile equipment (loaders, excavator, crawler tractor, grader) which generate noise from sources such as the diesel engines, back-up alarms and the scraping and crushing noises during excavation and transport to the processing plant. Processing Plant, which generates noise from motor driven machinery, transfer points of the material dropping to the next conveyor level, and from the crushing and sizing of aggregate to product size. Barge-loading operations, including the conveyor system, Barge-loader, onboard generators, and dropping of aggregate into barge hold. Noise at the Swamp Point North Aggregates Project will be mitigated to the extent practicable through planned site layout (containment and dampening), operational controls (prevention), and interception (ambient reduction). Highbank has incorporated the following measures in project design and/or plans to implement them: Institute a policy that all employees and contractors wear and/or use properly fitted (hearing protection) Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in any area, where a potential noise hazard exists that could injure a worker or be prevented by using the PPE; Incorporate engineered sound buffering designs where necessary to allow for the reduction of noise (i.e., in the process plant control room); Schedule noisy operations or construction activities at normal working hours to the extent possible; Alert and train employees and contractors to reduce noise emissions; Retain as much vegetation cover (particularly trees) as possible around the perimeter of the Open Pit and other operational areas; Locate the Operations Camp as far away from the primary noise sources as possible; retain vegetation cover around the camp; plant trees on the Mine Road fill slopes above the camp; and plan facilities such that stockpiles and the Mine Road will create a height of land between the Operations Camp and the primary noise sources; As above, construct and place stockpiles to not only meet operational requirements, but to intercept and dissipate point source and ambient noise from the extraction area, in order to minimize noise at the Operations Camp; Minimize crushing operations in proximity to the Operations Camp; Examine alternatives to minimize crusher noise when the Processing Plant is nearest to the Operations Camp, such as crush the east side of the top bench first, feed the crusher from top and convey to the Processing Plant, with the latter possibly located at a lower bench; Minimize drop heights of all materials to reduce the noise of rocks falling onto metal surfaces;
  • 51. Occupational Health and Safety Plan No. OHS 00 Revision Date 2013-10-28 Page OHS-6 Use conveyor systems that are designed for addition of covers, should these prove to be necessary; Maintain smooth running roads surfaces on all access roads and pit floors to reduce tire noise and increase tire life; Minimize mobile equipment speeds and limit amount of equipment on-site – only have the necessary equipment on-site; Operate equipment within specifications and capacity (e.g.,  don’t  overload  machines)  and   use noise abatement accessories such as sound hood and mufflers; Turn equipment off when not in use; Restrict use of sirens and reversing alarms to the minimum, and consider the use alternative non-audible back-up alarms. A variance from MEMPR Health and Safety would be required to approve the latter; Perform regular inspection and maintenance, check that noise abatement devices are in good order (e.g., brakes, exhaust mufflers, engine hoods); and Locate major electrical generation facilities as far away from the Operations Camp as possible. AIR QUALITY MANAGEMENT General Equipment & Process Plant Safety Considerations Parts 1.11.1 (1) & (2) of the Code require the manager to: Ensure that workers are adequately trained to do their job or are working under the guidance of someone who has competency both in the job and in giving instructions; and Ensure that all employees receive thorough orientation and basic instruction in safe work practices. The   Code   is   also   specific   regarding   the   operator’s   responsibility.   Part   6.19.1 of the Code indicates that: The operator of any unit of mobile equipment shall be directly responsible for is safe operation and for maintaining full control of the unit and complying with all provisions of the Mines Act, the regulations and the Code insofar as the operation of the equipment is concerned, and operators shall wear their seatbelts and drive with their headlights on and, where required, a flag equipped whip antenna light or flashing light on at all times. Highbank Resources is committed to operating a safe and healthy work environment, and is proposing to additionally: Produce an Occupational Health & Safety Policy Manual for distribution to employees and contractor during the construction and operational phases of the Project;
  • 52. Occupational Health and Safety Plan No. OHS 00 Revision Date 2013-10-28 Page OHS-7 Define guidelines regarding the use of equipment on the job to assure compliance with applicable laws, fulfill training and due diligence obligations, and to promote the safety of all employees working on the Project; Ensure that no employee or contractor operates any equipment, mobile or stationary unless the minimum training required for that particular equipment pursuant to the approved (classroom & field) training program, has been completed; Ensure adequate training direction and instruction of employees, in the safe performance of their duties; and that they are qualified to perform assigned duties; Establish and maintain proper operational inspections and adequate standards of maintenance of the workplace and equipment; Ensure that all personnel are trained in the general maintenance and operation of the following safety equipment (lights, audible backup alarms (or MEMPR approved alternatives), fire suppression systems and VHF radios for operation communication); Ensure that adequate resources are available and will meet required safety needs; Develop work procedures, that are conducive to a safe and healthy workplace; Ensure that employees have access to relevant company reference and training manuals at all times. Process Plant Operations The Swamp Point North Aggregates Project Processing Plant has been designed to comply with health, safety and environmental regulations, to meet the required production requirements, to operate at a minimum of cost, and to be built at a reasonable capital cost. The final plant arrangement will have gone through extensive process design, equipment selection, and layout to meet these objectives, and to ensure that safety requirements have been incorporated into the plant facilities. These safety requirements will complement the program the company will develop to monitor workplace contaminants where necessary to ensure that workers are not overexposed to harmful agents, particularly respirable dust. Applicable threshold limit values (TLV) will be applied as per the Code. The Code has many Parts which relate to the safe operation of processing plants, and these must be complied with to ensure the health and safety of employees in the operation. The designed plant for this Project will have safety guards around all moving equipment, and emergency pullcords on both sides of any conveyors with personnel access. The company will ensure that these safeguards are kept in good working order. Ongoing safety training of plant personnel will be implemented, as the company believes this is imperative, and it will be considered to be one of the most vital and monitored features of the operation. Fugitive dust at the Processing Plant is primarily a potential concern for the crushers. Once the aggregate has been washed, as is expected to be the case for most of the product, fugitive dust is not expected to be of concern.
  • 53. Occupational Health and Safety Plan No. OHS 00 Revision Date 2013-10-28 Page OHS-8 Water misters will be installed at the jaw crusher to control fugitive dust. The Processing Plant design will also include dust curtains and other covers to prevent dust dispersion. Any product conveyors potentially exposed to wind will be covered. If other sources of fugitive dust become apparent during operation, these will be addressed using appropriate mitigation measures. As there are a very large number of aggregate process plants in operation, finding proven and effective methods to deal with fugitive dust control is not expected to be a concern. Material (aggregate) spillages will be minimized by spill collection systems installed on the feeders; chute receiving and discharge points and conveyor belts. The Processing Plant has been designed to meet or exceed industry standards in regards to operational and maintenance functions. There has been a concerted effort to ensure operator comfort and ease of clean-up; as well the plant has been designed for ease of access and maintainability, in order that the company can meet its production goals. Barge Loading Operations The Code will require that appropriate Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) be worn at all times. The barge load-out area will be provisioned with life buoys, crew flotation vests, life preserver rings, poles and ropes for rescuing anyone who is working near water and be in compliance with Part 3.3.3 of the BC Health, Safety and Reclamation Code (HSRC). Fugitive dust from the Barge-loader is   not   expected   to   be   a   concern   due   to   the   gravel’s   high   moisture content. The conveyor will be covered with hemispherical covers to prevent dust losses. A solid apron will be installed under the conveyor and return idlers to pick up any debris that might spill off the conveyor. The head pulley of the conveyor will be fully enclosed with chutwork to minimize the generation of fugitive dust during the transfer onto the barge. Washing of aggregate products is also expected to minimize potential for dust generation from processed products, as are the high levels of precipitation at this site. There will be some noise from the ships, but this is expected to be local in nature and not of concern for worker Health and Safety. Safety Measures for Public Access The Swamp Point North Aggregates Project Operation is in a remote area, so there will be fewer concerns with public access to the site than with similar operations located near urban centers. Access to the site will only be by way of water (boats and tugs along the Portland Canal) or by air (helicopter/float plane). Therefore, it will be easier for the company (manager) to enforce Parts 1.3.1 to 1.3.3 of the Code. These Parts effectively give the company (manager) the right to control and administer authority to who may or may not enter the mine (operation). This control includes appropriate signage to warn unauthorized persons of potential dangers.
  • 54. Occupational Health and Safety Plan No. OHS 00 Revision Date 2013-10-28 Page OHS-9 As part of the on-site infrastructure there will a security/first aid office and staff tasked with ensuring compliance with the Code during construction and operational phases of this Project. Highbank is proposing to provide emergency shelter for small craft experiencing difficulties in the Portland Canal. All lighting and navigation lights appropriate for safety on the barge loading facility will be operational throughout all phases of Project. The barge loading facility will be well lit during use, which would typically be once to twice a week during full operations. First Aid & Medical Services Pursuant to Part 3.6.1 of the Code, the company (Mine Manager) shall provide and maintain first aid supplies and services as required by the Workers Compensation Board (WCB). Highbank will operate in compliance with the WCB Occupational Health and Safety Regulation, Part 33, B.C. Regulation 348/2003 and its accompanying Occupational Health and Safety Guidelines. Due to the remote location of Swamp Point, medical assistance will be able to reach the mine only by helicopter or floatplane (restricted to day and Visual Flight Rules (VFR) conditions) or by boat. It will therefore be necessary for the mine to have First Aid facilities and suitably trained staff such that a patient can be stabilized for several hours. A satellite phone will be available to report the injury and call for assistance. The Swamp Point North Aggregates Project will have a fully equipped First Aid Room with a minimum Level 1 First Aid kit at the Project. The mine will have an appropriately trained Industrial First Aid Attendant in compliance with the above regulations and guidelines during construction, operations and reclamation / decommissioning. To complement this, Highbank will provide procedures that all employees and contractors will have to follow for accidents, first aid treatments, and dangerous occurrences. Preliminary procedures include the following: Ensure that the injured worker is provided with the best available first aid treatment onsite. Then, except for the purpose of saving a life or relieving human suffering, ensure that the scene of the accident or occurrence is not disturbed without appropriate approvals as required by Part 1.7.1 (2) of the Code. All mobile equipment that will be left on site will be locked out at the end of each shift. Fire extinguishers will be kept at key locations on site. Signs indicating restricted public access and associated hazards will be posted at the dock. Follow the appropriate Emergency Evacuation Procedures and Emergency Contact Protocols that have been established for a particular area of operations. If the injury is an obvious fatality, immediately contact the Mine Manager, who in turn will contact the appropriate authorities (RCMP and Chief Inspector of Mines). Every serious accident must be reported to the Mine Manager, immediately after requesting a
  • 55. Occupational Health and Safety Plan No. OHS 00 Revision Date 2013-10-28 Page OHS-10 helicopter. The Mine Manager will contact the Ministry of Energy, Mines, and Petroleum Resources, who will then advise whether or not the ministry will investigate the accident. The necessary accident investigation report forms must be completed as soon as possible and forwarded through the appropriate channels. Results of the investigation will be reviewed by the Manager and then made available to other interested parties to ensure that the incident is not repeated. Records will be kept in the main office for monitoring results, incident reports and corrective actions. Dangerous Occurrences will be addressed as follows: All dangerous occurrences (incidents, close calls, and accidents) must be reported to the appropriate Foreman. If necessary, a follow-up investigation will be carried out within 24 hours of the occurrence and/or receipt of the incident/accident report. The Foreman will forward the information to the Mine Manager, who will then make the decision as to whether a full investigation is required. Dangerous occurrences include, but are not limited to the following: o First aid of minor sprains and sores; o Hospitalization and medical aids; o Damage to equipment; and o Close calls of any sort. If the occurrence is an unusual accident or unexpected event which had the potential to result in serious injury, then Part 1.7.3 (11) of the Code requires notification to the Inspector of Mines. Emergency Response The Code requires mine (aggregate) operations of this project size to comply with Parts 3.7.1 (Mine Emergency Response Plan), and Parts 3.7.5 through 3.7.13 (Mine Rescue Teams). Highbank Resources will develop an Emergency Response Plan in accordance with the above regulatory requirements of MEM. The company will ensure that appropriate numbers of employees are trained in first aid, firefighting, mine rescue and environmental response, in order, to provide emergency response capabilities at the Project site.
  • 56. Mine Emergency Response Plan No. 00 MER Revision Date Page 2013-10-28 MER-1 Swamp Point North Aggregates Project SIGNATURE DATE PREPARED BY: D. Makepeace __________________ Oct.25, 2013 REVIEWED BY: V. Bryant __________________ Oct.28, 2013 APPROVED BY: V. Bryant __________________ Oct.28, 2013 APPROVED BY: __________________ _______________ ISSUE / REVISION INDEX Issue Revision Code No. By Rev’d. App. RI 00 DM Revision Details Date 2013-10-28 Released for Information Issue Codes: RI = Released for Information, IM = Released for Implementation, RC = Released for Revision and Comment
  • 57. Mine Emergency Response Plan MER No. 00 Revision Date Page 2013-10-28 MER-2 PREFACE This document forms part of the Environmental, Health and Safety Management System (EHSMS) for the Swamp Point North Aggregates Project. The EHSMS in its entirety provides the practices, procedures and resources that need to be implemented for effective management to ensure the project complies with legislated requirements and best practices throughout the life of the project. The EHSMS includes the following documents: EHSMS Framework - Document  that  provides  the  company’s  environmental,  health  and   safety policies, objectives, organization, responsibilities, resources, document management and review requirements for the EHS program. A - Occupational Health and Safety Plan B – Mine Emergency Response Plan C – Sediment and Erosion Control Plan D – Hazardous Materials Handling Plan E – Fuel Management and Spill Contingency Plan F – Water Management Plan G – Waste Management Plan H – Reclamation Plan I – Road Design J – Mine Development Plan K – Traffic Plan L – Invasive Species Management Plan M – Barge Loadout and Marine Safety Plan N – Chance Find Procedure O – Wildlife Management Plan
  • 58. Mine Emergency Response Plan MER No. 00 Revision Date Page 2013-10-28 MER-3 In the event of injury: Minor Injury NOT requiring hospital care 1. The injured worker will report to the Supervisor and First Attendant. 2. Minor injuries will be managed at the site and documented in the daily accident record book. Major injuries REQUIRING hospital care. 1. The first aid attendant will contact Stewart General Hospital (250-636-2221), advising of injuries found and arrangements made for transport of the injured worker to Stewart General Hospital, 904 Brightwell Street, Stewart. 2. Complete all necessary documentation - Daily Accident Record, W.C.B. Form #7 and W.C.B. Form #7A. 3. The first aid attendant will complete a patient assessment and manage injuries found. 4. Provincial Ambulance Services will be contacted at 1.800.461-9911 and advised of the injuries found and arrangements made with the designated helicopter company to fly the worker out of the site. Helicopter companies available at Stewart. Prism Helicopters Ltd., 250-636-2442 Mustang Helicopters Inc., 250-636-2275 Quantum Helicopters Ltd., 250-636-2156 5. Stewart General Hospital 250-636-2221, will be contacted and advised of the injuries found, patient condition, with an estimated time of arrival. 6. First aid attendant will coordinate packaging and transport of the injured worker for meeting with Ambulance Helicopter and transfer of injured worker to their care.
  • 59. Mine Emergency Response Plan MER No. 00 Revision Date Page 2013-10-28 MER-4 EMERGENCY CONTACT, INFORMATION LIST Date: January 27, 2013 Location, Access: Gravel Pit operation - Donahue Creek 50 km south of the town of Stewart on the Portland Canal east side. Access by boat, helicopter or float plane. On Site Communication: To be provided on mine start up. Provincial Ambulance: 1-800-461-9911 - Helicopter services as listed. Stewart General Hospital: Telephone: 250-636-2221 Travel Distance to Hospital: 50 km. Detailed Direction to the site from Stewart General Hospital Travel south following the Portland Canal for 50 km to the gravel pit operation at Donahue Creek. A helipad is clearly visible near the camp and the helicopter will be met by a Highbank employee. First Aid Attendants: To be provided before mine start-up. First Aid Equipment located at: First Aid room at the camp. Designated Transportation Vehicle: Helicopter Services, Company motorboat at camp.
  • 60. Mine Emergency Response Plan MER R.CM.P.: 250-636-2233 707 Conway, Stewart B.C. Forest Service: Fire Control- Provincial: Fire Center – Smithers: 1-800-633-5555 250-847-6612 Workers Compensation Board: Office hours Monday to Friday: 1-888-621-7233 After hour Emergency: 1.866-922-4357 Site Manager: To be provided before mine start-up. Company: Highbank Resources Ltd. #600 - 625 Howe Street VANCOUVER, BC V6G 2T6 604-683-6648 Mines Inspector: Doug Flynn, P.Eng.: Senior Inspector of Mines 250-847-7768 Coordinates of Portland Canal Aggregates Project Latitude: Longitude: 55 degrees, 29 minutes North 130 degrees 02 minutes West OR (UTM) Northing: Easting: Zone : Datum: 6148661 mN 433847 mE 9N NAD 83 No. 00 Revision Date Page 2013-10-28 MER-5
  • 61. Sediment and Erosion Control Plan No. 00 SEC Revision Date Page 2013-10-28 SEC-1 Swamp Point North Aggregates Project SIGNATURE DATE PREPARED BY: D. Makepeace __________________ Oct.25, 2013 REVIEWED BY: V. Bryant __________________ Oct.28, 2013 APPROVED BY: V. Bryant __________________ Oct.28, 2013 APPROVED BY: __________________ _______________ ISSUE / REVISION INDEX Issue Revision Code No. By Rev’d. App. RI 00 DM Revision Details Date 2013-10-28 Released for Information Issue Codes: RI = Released for Information, IM = Released for Implementation, RC = Released for Revision and Comment
  • 62. Sediment and Erosion Control Plan SEC No. 00 Revision Date Page 2013-10-28 SEC-2 PREFACE This document forms part of the Environmental, Health and Safety Management System (EHSMS) for the Swamp Point North Aggregates Project. The EHSMS in its entirety provides the practices, procedures and resources that need to be implemented for effective management to ensure the project complies with legislated requirements and best practices throughout the life of the project. The EHSMS includes the following documents: EHSMS Framework - Document  that  provides  the  company’s  environmental,  health  and   safety policies, objectives, organization, responsibilities, resources, document management and review requirements for the EHS program. A - Occupational Health and Safety Plan B – Mine Emergency Response Plan C – Sediment and Erosion Control Plan D – Hazardous Materials Handling Plan E – Fuel Management and Spill Contingency Plan F – Water Management Plan G – Waste Management Plan H – Reclamation Plan I – Road Design J – Mine Development Plan K – Traffic Plan L – Invasive Species Management Plan M – Barge Loadout and Marine Safety Plan N – Chance Find Procedure O – Wildlife Management Plan
  • 63. Sediment and Erosion Control Plan SEC No. 00 Revision Date Page 2013-10-28 SEC-3 Background The potential for soil erosion at the Swamp Point North Aggregates Project is dependent on several factors, including the extent of exposure of mineral soil material to the soil surface (i.e. presence of protective duff layers - LFH), the mineral texture, soil structure and the extent of living root biomass. If the forest floor LFH material from the previously growing stand remains intact, surface erosion is expected to be very low. The forest floor LFH at this site is generally 15 to 25 cm in depth and provides a good buffer to erosion unless stripped away. Once exposed, silt-dominated soils and very fine sands are the most erosive soil particles. Pure sands are also non-cohesive but erosion losses are not expected to be significant and would be very localized. Soil particles can form together as soil aggregates. A granular soil structure with a component of organic matter is very resistant to soil erosion, as surface water flows around and through granules rather than carrying individual particles in suspension. Most of the Swamp Point North Aggregates Project site has a thin surface veneer (i.e. 10 to 50 cm) of silt-based mineral textured soils that have moderate potential for surface erosion. Roots and organic matter are abundant in surface mineral layers and help reduce erosion potential. Forest floor organic layers lie on top of the silty textured material and help minimize or eliminate surface erosion, if left intact. Mineral textures have increasing sand and gravel component with depth. Under the finer silty materials, mineral textures are gravelly loamy sand to sand and have low erosion potential particularly on level or gently sloping terrain. Potential for Sediment Release through Site Development & Activities Beginning early in mine life and continuing through closure, surface runoff within the Open Pit will be directed to sumps and then left to exfiltrate or pumped to the wash plant settling ponds for make-up water. The mine road will be constructed with uphill ditches and crosscut culverts to channel runoff off the roads. The mine road ditches will be armoured where necessary (crosscut culverts) and a series of flow reduction systems (silt fences, straw bales, check dams) along the ditches will reduce sediment. A two-cell settling sump will be constructed at the base of the mine road drainage ditch system near the barge load-out that will settle out any sediment prior to discharge to the receiving environment (see Figure 1). Cemented soil layers will be broken and soils drained to allow for easier handling. Stockpiled soils will be seeded with a certified native seed mix to prevent erosion. Tree cover will be maintained along the shoreline, and there will be a minimum 15 m development set-back from the marine shore except for the small areas where this cannot be avoided, such as the Product Stockpile area and Laydown Area, near the Barge Load-out. These water management plans, in combination with the low to moderate erosion potential of most site soils, are expected to minimize any potential for sediment release as a result of site development and activities.
  • 64. Sediment and Erosion Control Plan SEC No. 00 Revision Date Page 2013-10-28 SEC-4 Figure 1 Settling Pond at Barge Load-out The greatest potential for sediment release from the facilities will be during the initial construction period, prior to completion of the water control structures. Facilities outside of the open pit that also require provisions to prevent sediment release include the Operations Camp; the Product Stockpile area and Laydown Area; and the Barge Load-out. Once the slopes for the plant area are reclaimed early in mine life, potential for erosion from these sites is expected to be minimal. There will be additional potential for sediment release during final reclamation, particularly once soils are applied and before vegetation has been established. However, most of this activity will occur within the Open Pit, and the drainage from these areas will be contained within the Open Pit. Facilities & Activities near Aquatic Environments The Swamp Point North Aggregates Project has been carefully planned to minimize activities and development near aquatic environments, and to manage them carefully where this is unavoidable. Facilities nearest to aquatic environments will include the: The Mine Road. It will have uphill ditches and crosscut culverts to channel runoff off the road. The road itself will be cambered into the upslope to channel water off the road and into the ditches. Settling ponds, silt fences, straw bales and check dams will be used along the ditches to reduce the velocity of runoff flow and reduce sediment. Ditch banks will be vegetated so prevent extra sediment runoff. Culverts will be armoured on the
  • 65. Sediment and Erosion Control Plan SEC No. 00 Revision Date Page 2013-10-28 SEC-5 uphill end of each culvert. A two cell settling pond will be established near the Barge Load-out to settle sediment from the Mine Road ditch system before discharge to the environment; The Product Stockpile and Laydown area will have gentle sloped profiles that will channel runoff off the pads and into small retention sumps where sediment will settle out before discharge to the environment; The Open Pit will have more than a 30 m treed buffers between the open pit and the marine environment. Each bench will be sloped into the cut wall. A down-slope water collection ditch will be created along the length of the Open Pit. This ditch will direct any excess water and sediment from the Open Pit, not collected by the in-pit sumps, to a sump near the Mine Road. This water will be pumped back to the wash plant Settling ponds for make-up water or allowed to discharge downslope to be intercepted by the road ditch and final settling ponds. The Camp is outside of the open pit water management system. It will be located approximately 30 m from an un-named ephemeral creek. Use of a small barge landing ramp near the Barge Loadout will be used throughout the construction, operation and closure of the Mine Site to bring vehicles, materials, fuel and supplies into the site and remove vehicles, materials and spent supplies from the site. Other Potential Sediment Sources There will be some potential for erosion of areas being reclaimed, particularly following soils application and before these areas are fully revegetated. Water management and other measures will be in place to prevent direct drainage of surface runoff from reclaimed areas to aquatic environments. Large quantities of silt will be contained in the wash plant water, and will settle in the Process Water Settling Ponds. These ponds will be cleaned out frequently. Silts removed from these ponds will be drained and then stored in the Plant Discard Stockpile which will be co-mingled with initially stripped topsoil. The combined silt and soil will be used to cover final pit slopes and the final pit floor. These activities will occur and be contained up-slope of the open pit but within the open pit drainage area. Water Management Structures Relevant to Sediment Control All water management structures planned for the Project are relevant to sediment control, including: Upslope Perimeter Diversion Ditch will not be necessary due to the location of the Open Pit being near the height of land. There will be little runoff water from the short slopes above the mine; Mine Road Ditches – in combination with the Mine Road itself, will act as a berm that will prevent surface runoff from the mine from draining toward the marine environment;
  • 66. Sediment and Erosion Control Plan SEC No. 00 Revision Date Page 2013-10-28 SEC-6 Runoff Sediment Pond and Sumps will provide sediment settling and retention within the Open Pit, prior to the release of contact water to the receiving environment; Low level (approximately 35 m asl) Runoff Collection Drainage Ditch and sump will be lined and armoured if necessary to prevent sediment release; and Wash Plant Settling Ponds have been designed to maximize retention time. The ponds will be designed to prevent any potential pond breach or sediment release. Best Management Practices for Erosion Prevention & Sediment Control Best Management Practices for erosion prevention and sediment control are described in the “Stormwater   and   Erosion”   and   “Best   Management   Practices”   modules   of   the   “Aggregate Operators   Best   Management   Practices   Handbook   for   British   Columbia”   (B.C.   Ministry   of   Energy and Mines, 2002). The key erosion prevention measures described in these sections are integral to the Swamp Point North Aggregates Project design and planning, including: Mine and water management designs to contain mine contact water within the mine perimeter and direct it to settling pond(s) prior to release of the water from the minesite; Water management designs which minimize sediment release from the water management structures themselves; Mine design which will create stable post-mine slopes, and which includes provisions to direct water off of those slopes in a controlled manner; Retention of undisturbed buffer zones along identified sensitive aquatic habitats. These include buffer zones along marine areas; Development of careful soils handling plans, which are based on a detailed site survey and which provide for special management of erosive soil units and of the soil stockpiles. The soils handling plans also consider site specific climatic conditions – particularly the very wet conditions during the winter months. In general, care will be taken to not strip erodible organic and mineral soils during wet, rainy periods (i.e., normally November to March in this area). Soil stripping and stockpiling has been scheduled into the mine plan such that it will occur annually during the period from April through October. Once higher risk surface soils have been removed and stockpiled, erosion risk in sandy gravel deposits of the open pit will be very low; Retention of vegetation cover within the open pit until removal is necessary prior to initiation of the applicable mine phase. This will minimize both wind and water erosion of pit surfaces; Interim reclamation for erosion control purposes and progressive final reclamation during mine life to the extent practicable. Timely reclamation of exterior fill slopes located outside of the mine perimeter is integral to the reclamation planning; Reclamation planning which considers the erosion control characteristics of the vegetation species selected for use in reclamation; Design of marine structures and planning for marine construction such that disturbance of the sea floor will be kept to a minimum; Careful planning of the ship loading facilities to prevent product spillage into the marine environment (catch trays);
  • 67. Sediment and Erosion Control Plan SEC No. 00 Revision Date Page 2013-10-28 SEC-7 Careful planning of construction and low production activities to minimize potential for sediment release to the marine environment; and Additional BMPs for erosion control will be used as appropriate during site construction and operations. Implementation of these BMPs will be determined on an ongoing basis through assessment and proper supervision during construction. A detailed SEPSC prescription will be developed prior to construction. BMP methods described in the Aggregate Operators Handbook include bioengineering, erosion control blankets, grading, tarps, tillage and vegetation cover. Of these, grading and vegetation cover are most relevant to this site. Additional BMPs that may be relevant to the Swamp Point North Aggregates Project site include use of: Hydro-mulch and tackifier (in lieu of erosion control blankets; choice is cost dependent); Berms around soil stockpiles; Interception ditches and sumps in selected locations outside of the open pit; Silt fences on slopes; Surface roughening of slopes to which soil has been applied; Installation of water bars on roadways during clearing / soil salvage activities until road construction is complete, and proper road decommissioning post-closure; Construction of ditches from the bottom up; and Rock check dams or other suitable check structures within ditches. The designated supervisor and operators involved with soil salvage and stockpiling will receive training at the beginning of construction. This will include instruction in the identification of the more erosive soil units.
  • 68. Sediment and Erosion Control Plan SEC No. 00 Revision Date Page 2013-10-28 SEC-8 Facility Specific & Construction Phase Erosion Prevention & Sediment Control Measures Construction Surface Erosion Prevention and Sediment Control prescriptions will be prepared prior to construction. These prescriptions will be developed based on a site inspection of area where facilities are to be constructed. It will include detailed prescriptions for temporary construction period erosion prevention and sediment control measures, as well as lists of materials required for implementation of these measures and materials to be on site for contingency purposes. An operations SEPSC prescription will also be prepared during the initial construction period. Training will be provided to site personnel responsible for implementation of these measures. Based on current information, erosion prevention and sediment control measures specific to facilities outside of the Open Pit are expected to include the following: Pit and Plant Area – sloping benches into cut face; ad hoc sumps on the pit floor; reclamation / revegetation of fill slopes as soon as possible following construction; sloping of the main surface to collection ponds and sediment control structures. Mine Road – drainage management to ensure that roadside ditches do not drain down slope; road grading to the up-hill side of the road surface and prevent ponding on it; reclamation / revegetation of fill slopes as soon as possible following construction. Product Stockpile and Laydown Pads – use of coarse textured materials on the outer fill slopes and a vegetated strip adjacent to the marine environment; reclamation / revegetation of fill slopes on other sides of the pad as soon as possible following construction; sloping of the main surface area northward so that surface water runs away from the marine environment and into a settling pond; examination of any other options to prevent drainage from the pad to the marine environment. Barge Loader Facility – design and construction measures to minimize disturbance of the sea floor and the foreshore. Camp – reclamation / revegetation of fill slopes and pad surfaces not required for structures or parking as soon as possible following construction.
  • 69. Sediment and Erosion Control Plan SEC Figure 1 Erosion Control Features Map No. 00 Revision Date Page 2013-10-28 SEC-9
  • 70. Hazardous Materials Handling Plan No. HMH 00 Revision Date 2013-10-28 Page HMH-1 Swamp Point North Aggregates Project SIGNATURE DATE PREPARED BY: D. Makepeace __________________ Oct.25, 2013 REVIEWED BY: V. Bryant __________________ Oct.28, 2013 APPROVED BY: V. Bryant __________________ Oct.28, 2013 APPROVED BY: __________________ _______________ ISSUE / REVISION INDEX Issue Revision Code No. By Rev’d. App. RI 00 DM Revision Details Date 2013-10-28 Released for Information Issue Codes: RI = Released for Information, IM = Released for Implementation, RC = Released for Revision and Comment
  • 71. Hazardous Materials Handling Plan No. HMH 00 Revision Date 2013-10-28 Page HMH-2 PREFACE This document forms part of the Environmental, Health and Safety Management System (EHSMS) for the Swamp Point North Aggregates Project. The EHSMS in its entirety provides the practices, procedures and resources that need to be implemented for effective management to ensure the project complies with legislated requirements and best practices throughout the life of the project. The EHSMS includes the following documents: EHSMS Framework - Document  that  provides  the  company’s  environmental,  health  and   safety policies, objectives, organization, responsibilities, resources, document management and review requirements for the EHS program. A - Occupational Health and Safety Plan B – Mine Emergency Response Plan C – Sediment and Erosion Control Plan D – Hazardous Materials Handling Plan E – Fuel Management and Spill Contingency Plan F – Water Management Plan G – Waste Management Plan H – Reclamation Plan I – Road Design J – Mine Development Plan K – Traffic Plan L – Invasive Species Management Plan M – Barge Loadout and Marine Safety Plan N – Chance Find Procedure O – Wildlife Management Plan
  • 72. Hazardous Materials Handling Plan No. HMH 00 Revision Date 2013-10-28 Page HMH-3 Hazardous Materials Handling The Swamp Point North Aggregates Project’ hazardous material handling plan will be guided by the British Columbia Hazardous Material Response Plan, July 2013. All employees and contractors will have training in Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG) and Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHIMIS) systems. The following substances will be utilized during construction and operations: Lubricating oils Greases Diesel Propane Hydraulic fluids Cleaning solvents Additional substances identified subsequent to the distribution of this plan will be addressed as quantities and suppliers are finalized. Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) for all substances used will be maintained on site in a predetermined location familiar to all employees. These sheets identify: product information; hazardous ingredients; physical data; fire and explosion hazard; reactivity data; toxicological properties; preventative measures; first aid measures; and preparation information, as required by the Workers' Compensation Board of British Columbia. The company will provide all specialized PPE equipment to employees that handle any hazardous materials. Refer to the Fuel Management and Spill Contingency Plan for more information on the quantities of fuels to be kept on site, storage and handling procedures.
  • 73. Fuel Management and Spill Contingency Plan No. FMSC 00 Revision Date 2013-10-28 Page FMSC-1 Swamp Point North Aggregates Project SIGNATURE DATE PREPARED BY: D. Makepeace __________________ Oct.25, 2013 REVIEWED BY: V. Bryant __________________ Oct.28, 2013 APPROVED BY: V. Bryant __________________ Oct.28, 2013 APPROVED BY: __________________ _______________ ISSUE / REVISION INDEX Issue Revision Code No. By Rev’d. App. RI 00 DM Revision Details Date 2013-10-28 Released for Information Issue Codes: RI = Released for Information, IM = Released for Implementation, RC = Released for Revision and Comment
  • 74. Fuel Management and Spill Contingency Plan No. FMSC 00 Revision Date 2013-10-28 Page FMSC-2 PREFACE This document forms part of the Environmental, Health and Safety Management System (EHSMS) for the Swamp Point North Aggregates Project. The EHSMS in its entirety provides the practices, procedures and resources that need to be implemented for effective management to ensure the project complies with legislated requirements and best practices throughout the life of the project. The EHSMS includes the following documents: EHSMS Framework - Document  that  provides  the  company’s  environmental,  health  and   safety policies, objectives, organization, responsibilities, resources, document management and review requirements for the EHS program. A - Occupational Health and Safety Plan B – Mine Emergency Response Plan C – Sediment and Erosion Control Plan D – Hazardous Materials Handling Plan E – Fuel Management and Spill Contingency Plan F – Water Management Plan G – Waste Management Plan H – Reclamation Plan I – Road Design J – Mine Development Plan K – Traffic Plan L – Invasive Species Management Plan M – Barge Loadout and Marine Safety Plan N – Chance Find Procedure O – Wildlife Management Plan
  • 75. Fuel Management and Spill Contingency Plan No. FMSC 00 Revision Date 2013-10-28 Page FMSC-3 Introduction The following is a preliminary Fuel Management and Spill Contingency Plan for the Swamp Point North Aggregates Project. A detailed Fuel Management and Spill Contingency Plan manual, including procedures and current contacts, will be completed prior to construction and implemented throughout mine life. The Swamp Point North Aggregates Project fuel management program will include: Use of safe and approved fuelling procedures by trained workers; Appropriate containment structures for permanent fuel storage areas (i.e., double-walled tanks, impervious lining over a bermed area etc.); and A Fuel Management and Spill Contingency Plan for the Project. Personnel will be trained for spill emergencies, and the implementation of a spill-response and clean-up plan in the event of a spill incident. Bulk Fuel Supply Diesel and gasoline fuel will be delivered to site either in bulk by a dedicated fuel barge or by a fuel bowser on a supply barge. The Laydown Area will have two 10,000 L diesel tanks. All tanks will be double walled and have a containment berm that will contain 120% of the tanks volume. This capacity of diesel should be sufficient for at least one week of operation. Further engineering may identify that a set of larger tanks could be more economic. Larger tanks could handle  an  entire  fuel  barge’s  capacity. If a fuel barge is used, it will be certified and have all the necessary flexible hoses and onboard pumps. In all cases, trained, certified, and experienced crew will carry out the transfer. The transfer of diesel fuel from the carrier barge to the shore based storage facilities will be accomplished in strict adherence with, and following the recommended procedures of, all applicable rules and regulations of the Canadian Shipping Act, Canadian Coast Guard, Oil Pollution Act of 1990, West Coast Oil Transfer Regulations, Port State Control requirements, Oil Companies International Marine Forum recommendations, and applicable vessel Classification requirements. If a fuel bowser is used, the transfer of fuel to the tanks will be carried out by trained and certified personnel. Barge Transfer Protocol Following the arrival of the fuel barge, the onboard tanks will be ullaged to determine the quantity of fuel aboard. Equipment, hoses, and fittings to be used in the fuel transfer will be confirmed as certified, and the system will be checked from the barge to shore. System status will be reviewed between shore and barge personnel.
  • 76. Fuel Management and Spill Contingency Plan No. FMSC 00 Revision Date 2013-10-28 Page FMSC-4 A pre-discharge Safety Meeting of responsible persons will be held, with information exchanges to occur as follows. Information Provided by Terminal to Supply Vessel (but not restricted to): Imposed Safety Regulations, no smoking, no naked lights, no welding; Ullaging and water testing of shore storage tank. Storage volume available; Details of tank storage facilities, size, location, head; Maximum acceptable loading rate; Maximum acceptable pressure at the hoses, connections, and Storage Tank; Venting methods and requirements; Numbers and specifications, quality and certification of flexible hoses and fittings; Quantity of fuel required; Topping off, shut down and tank swing procedures, if more than one storage tank used; Method and type of Communications c/w VHF and channels used; Emergency shutdown procedures and signals; Identification of Authorized Personnel (shore-side) in charge; Emergency procedures in the event of spills, pollution, fire (ship or shore), explosion, mooring failures, high winds, landslide or other considered emergencies; Transfer of personnel ship to shore to ship; International Ship and Port Security (ISPS) Plans and Procedures including identifying ISPS Security Officer and Security Level Status; and Shore to Ship Safety Check List completed and signed c/w ships stamp. Information Provided by Supply Vessel to Terminal (but not restricted to): Nominated quantities of fuel – barrels or L; Fuel Oil Specifications i.e., Grade, density, S.G. Temperature, Flashpoint, Material Safety Data Sheet specifications; Venting requirements; Maximum discharge rates available; Maximum pressure available; Time required to stop ship pump(s); Proposed discharge rate; Limitations on ship movement; Number and size of ships hoses and connections if used; Ship safety regulations and protocols; Ship stop procedures; Tank swing requirements, advice from shore if more than one tank used; Confirmation of Communication methods and alternate emergency shut down signals;
  • 77. Fuel Management and Spill Contingency Plan No. FMSC 00 Revision Date 2013-10-28 Page FMSC-5 Exchange of ISPS Security Plans and identifying ISPS Officer and Security Level Status; and Ship to Shore Safety Check List completed and signed by authorized shore representative. All the above information requirements will be verified in writing through independent, official check lists. Alternate copies will be provided and kept for record purposes. Fuel Storage The fuel storage facilities and fueling station will be established in the Laydown Area, in a 120% bermed containment area. There will be two 10,000 L diesel tanks. All tanks will be above ground, double–walled, vacuum monitored storage tanks. The tanks will have positive leak detection and overfill prevention. The  tanks  will  be  Underwriter’s  Laboratory  of  Canada  listed   and conform to the requirements of CAN4-S601 for flammable liquids. The tanks will be constructed and installed in conformance with all requirements of Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment-EPC-LST-71E – The Environmental Code of Practice for Above Ground Storage Tank Systems Containing Petroleum Products. Secondary containment will be provided with a spill storage capacity of 120% of the capacity of the total tank storage. The Operating Camp will have three 60 pound propane tanks for cooking purposes. These tanks will be off-loaded from the supply barge and taken to the Operations Camp. The tanks will be stored in an appropriate secure storage area. Lubricants Lubricants will be delivered to site in barrels and stored in a purpose built fireproof structure at the Laydown Area. The structure will provide protection from the weather, and will have a concrete floor to prevent seepage into the ground. On-Site Refueling & Fuel Handling Vehicles and mobile equipment will be refueled by a 4 x 4 truck with a tidy tank. It will drive to the individual pieces of equipment and refuel them. The truck will be able to service the machines with the necessary lubricants at the same time. The bermed area will capture any spilled hydrocarbons from re-fueling process at the storage tanks. An impermeable cover will drain to an enclosed and covered sump located within the bermed area. The spilled hydrocarbon will then be pumped into barrels and stored to be shipped off site for proper disposal. The Operations Camp diesel generator will be serviced by the fuel truck. A 50 to 80 kVA unit will generate the necessary power required to service the entire camp.
  • 78. Fuel Management and Spill Contingency Plan No. FMSC 00 Revision Date 2013-10-28 Page FMSC-6 Management of fuel handling and storage (comprising diesel fuel, light or medium oils, hydraulic fluids, or lubricants) will be in accordance with the details and instructions laid out in the latest edition   of   “A   Field   Guide   to   Fuel   Handling   Transportation   &   Storage,   3rd   edition,   February  2002” prepared by the B.C. Ministry of Environment. General spill prevention guidelines will include: Persons involved in transferring fuel must be authorized and properly trained; Transfer of fuel from the main storage tanks to the fuel truck will occur at the main containment ramp; Fueling process must be manually operated and attended by trained personnel at all times. No automatic fuel nozzles or transfers will be utilized; Absorbent material will be readily available at the transfer sites; Re-fueling of mobile equipment will be carried out at designated temporary fuel containment locations; and Fuel spills must be reported immediately to the Mine Manager. MACHINERY AND VEHICLE ONSITE MAINTENANCE Machinery and vehicles will be kept in good repair and serviced regularly. When machinery or vehicles are being serviced on site, impermeable tarps and absorbents will be placed under the work area to collect drips and spills and prevent soil contamination. SPILL RESPONSE & CONTINGENCIES A project-specific Fuel Management and Spill Contingency Plan manual, including detailed emergency spill response procedures and contingency plans to address the potential for spills on land and to the marine environment at the Project site, will be developed prior to construction, and adhered to throughout the life of mine. Hydrocarbon spills are the most significant spill type to be addressed for both terrestrial and marine environments at the site. PRELIMINARY SPILL RESPONSE & CONTINGENCY PLAN Purpose and Scope The purpose of the Spill Contingency Plan is to clearly identify potential risks at and near the Minesite and Loadout areas, and the access roads between these two locations. Furthermore, the plans contain the procedures to be followed to facilitate the rapid deployment of resources so impact and risk to the environment and personnel are minimized. It is understood and expected that employees or contractors will have in place relevant inspection and maintenance regimes for any equipment that will be used on-site. This will be the first level of preventive measures to reduce the risk of hazardous chemical spills such as fuel or lubricants.
  • 79. Fuel Management and Spill Contingency Plan No. FMSC 00 Revision Date 2013-10-28 Page FMSC-7 It is also expected that any employees or contractors familiarize themselves with the Emergency Spill Response & Contingency Plan. In fact, it will be a requirement of Highbank that all employees and contractors are familiar with these plans as part of the induction program. Identification of Hazardous Materials The following substances will be utilized during construction and operations: Lubricating oils Greases Diesel Propane Hydraulic fluids Cleaning solvents Additional substances identified subsequent to the distribution of this plan will be addressed as quantities and suppliers are finalized. Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) for all substances used will be maintained on site in a predetermined location familiar to all employees. These sheets identify: product information; hazardous ingredients; physical data; fire and explosion hazard; reactivity data; toxicological properties; preventative measures; first aid measures; and preparation information, as required by the Workers' Compensation Board of British Columbia. Associated Risks Risks associated with occurrence of spills include: slipping, possibly resulting in personal injury; exposure, via dermal contact or inhalation possibly resulting in illness; fire; explosions; and/or environmental pollution/degradation. In order to minimize the occurrence/consequences of spills it is important to ensure that: Equipment is properly maintained, ensuring all leaks are repaired; Containers are stored with the lids on in order to prevent overflowing during heavy rainfall, or spilling if accidentally knocked over; Spill kits are available in visible locations (and regularly checked and resupplied); and Prompt, immediate clean-up should be initiated in the event of a spill Workers should be encouraged to provide information on weaknesses in current systems such that improvements can be made which may eliminate the occurrence of a spill. Emergency Organization and Responsibilities Spills of chemical, fuels and other substances may occur as isolated events or they may occur with other emergencies such as fire, explosion, natural causes or accident.
  • 80. Fuel Management and Spill Contingency Plan No. FMSC 00 Revision Date 2013-10-28 Page FMSC-8 The key persons involved during a spill occurrence and the reporting responsibilities are illustrated in the following chart. The responsibilities of each of these people are discussed on the following pages, with names and numbers kept current at all times at the project site. Any person discovering a spill will: Assess the hazard to one's own health and safety and to others in the vicinity. If the risk of gas poisoning exists or if fire or explosion hazards are perceived, then leave the area and warn others to leave also. Arrange for appropriate operating equipment to be shut down, if applicable, contain the spill and remove any sources of ignition. Notify his/her Supervisor immediately. If warranted, notify on-site Industrial First Aid persons to administer first aid. Any person attending a person exposed to spilled substances will: Notify on-site Industrial First Aid persons to administer first aid. Notify his/her Supervisor immediately. Notify hospital and arrange for evacuation if required (following the Mine Emergency Response Plan). Responsibilities of the Supervisor The Supervisor must immediately contact the Site Manager with the following information: The name of the person discovering the spill; The time of the incident; The location of the incident; The type and quantity of substance spilled; The cause of the incident, if known; The current weather conditions;
  • 81. Fuel Management and Spill Contingency Plan No. FMSC 00 Revision Date 2013-10-28 Page FMSC-9 Any perceived potential for hazard, and any injury to people, wildlife or the marine environment; Whether a fire or explosion hazard is deemed to exist; Any actions already taken Any persons already notified. The Supervisor will remain on-site. Responsibilities of the Site Manager In the case of a spill, the Site Manager will immediately inform the following: The Environmental Coordinator, and depending on the nature of spill (extent and substance spilled); Environment Canada's 24-hour emergency number at 666-6100, if assistance is needed or other problems are anticipated; The Provincial Emergency Program (PEP) at 1-800-663-3456. This 24-hour government contact will notify all concerned municipal, provincial and federal agencies, including the following, as appropriate: o The local PEP office; o The police; o The Waste Management Branch o The Ministry of Health o Environment Canada o Any other relevant agencies; If applicable, the Ministry of Environment Lands and Parks, Emergency Oil Spill Plan, at 1-800-663-3456. If applicable, the Vancouver Port Authority at 665-9000. The Site Manager will plan for the disposal of the recovered spill material and, upon completion of the cleanup and restoration, prepare a Spill Report. Also, the Site Manger will keep a complete log of events and activities during and after the spill, and photographs if possible for legal purposed and critical review of events at a later date. Responsibilities of the Environmental Coordinator The Environmental Coordinator will maintain contact with, advise and coordinate work crews undertaking the actual cleanup of a spill. After successful cleanup is completed, the Environmental Coordinator will: Ensure this Spill Contingency Plan is up-to-date with all potentially hazardous materials listed and all names of personnel and phone numbers accurate;
  • 82. Fuel Management and Spill Contingency Plan No. FMSC 00 Revision Date 2013-10-28 Page FMSC-10 Be responsible to assessing new spill hazards as they develop and take preventative actions, whether covered in this manual or not; Check and maintain the operating status of required response equipment which may be required at a spill (i.e. a spill kit containing: absorbent material such as Dry Rite, absorbant pads, booms); and Train emergency response personnel with respect to their duties. Responsibilities of the On-Scene Coordinator and Work Crew Upon receiving a report of a spill, the on-scene work crew will carry out the following: If injury, serious health threats or potential equipment hazards exist, call the Site Manager if the person reporting the spill has not already done so. Consult the appropriate MSDS to review the properties of the spilled material and recommended response actions. If further information is required, contact one of the resource services listed below. Assess the spill requirements for human resources, equipment, materials, tools and protective gear to contain the spill, in consideration of the resources available. Mobilize these resources and take responsibility for implementation of the response actions at the spill site. If the spill is too large or complex to be handled entirely by local resources, call Environment Canada's 24-hour emergency number at 666-6100 Contact the Environmental Coordinator to determine what, if any, sampling should be done and to discuss the spill and any environmental implications. Due to the proximity of the project site to fish bearing waters it is critical that all attempts are made to prevent the introduction of the material into the marine environment. This can be achieved through the use of absorbent pads and granular material, booms, or in the case of a high volume spill, as may occur in a vehicular accident, a temporary berm made of soil could be constructed to impede flow and contain the spill. Resources and Phone Numbers Response to accidents involving the transportation of dangerous goods is the responsibility of the shipper. Highbank personnel will lend whatever assistance is required in order to rapidly contain and clean up the spill. Response to spills involving products received from the supplier is Highbank's responsibility. It is anticipated that the procedures outlined above will be sufficient in most instances to deal with problems that may arise. However, in some cases there may be a need to obtain further assistance. The following list summarizes personnel that must be contacted in case of a spill, fire or injury, as well as additional resources that may be able to provide information or assistance.
  • 83. Fuel Management and Spill Contingency Plan No. FMSC 00 Revision Date 2013-10-28 Page FMSC-11 Contact Information for Marine Oil Spills Contact Coast Guard Coast Guard Telephone 1-800-663-3456 1-800-OILS-911 1-800-889-8852 1-250-627-3074 Environment Canada 1-604-666-6100 Burrard Clean Operations National Response Centre 1-604-294-9116 1-800-424-8802 1-202-267-2675 1-800-478-9300 1-907-465-5340 Provincial Dept. of Environmental Conservation Dept. of Environmental Conservation Location British Columbia (24 hours) Canadian (24 hours) Prince Rupert Marine Communications and Traffic Services Environmental Emergency Reports, Vancouver (24 hours) Vancouver (24 hours) US National Response Centre (24 hours) Alaska (24 hours) South East Juneau (daytime) MARINE HYDROCARBON SPILL CONTINGENCIES & RESPONSE Equipment used in pile driving operations during construction will be in good working condition and free of leaks or excess oil and grease. No fuels, lubricants or other deleterious substances will be allowed to enter the marine environment. Oil drips or absorbent materials will be used if necessary. A spill containment kit will be readily available on each drill barge (expected to be two) in the event of a potential spill. Product shipment includes a risk of fuel spills from ships and other vessels. A spill could occur due to human error, equipment failure, or as a worst-case scenario due to ship collision, grounding, or severe weather conditions. The geographic and temporal extent of potential effects would depend on wind and wave conditions, currents, water temperature, magnitude of the spill, and success of cleanup operations. The potential of a marine disaster involving a significant fuel spill at Swamp Point North Aggregates Project is considered highly remote. However, a marine spill contingency plan will be developed prior to construction as part of the overall Fuel Management and Spill Contingency Plan for the site, and implemented throughout mine life. Barges and accompanying tugboats arriving to be loaded with aggregates will not typically be provided with or carry an oil boom(s) or skimmer. Tugboats are generally not provided with such equipment nor do they have the means to launch them. This equipment will typically be provided from a shore station at the proposed dock. It is emphasized that no vessel fueling will occur at the site, and all fuel barges serving the site will have appropriate spill containment/response equipment (e.g., booms, skimmers etc.) on board that will be used in the event of a spill incident. Spill response equipment will also be maintained at the ship loading area. All vessels will be compliant with marine regulations (i.e., Canadian Coast Guard) and personnel will be trained for spill emergencies and the implementation of a spill-response and clean-up plan in accordance with Coast Guard Marine
  • 84. Fuel Management and Spill Contingency Plan No. FMSC 00 Revision Date 2013-10-28 Page FMSC-12 Spills Contingency Plan – Pacific Region and B.C. Marine Oil Spill Contingency Plan (i.e. B.C. Plan outlines scope and structure of the provinces involvement in the event of a spill). The Barge Loader and conveying equipment will contain minimal hydrocarbons, unlikely to exceed 50 L in total. The hydrocarbons will comprise hydraulic fluid, and medium oils (gearboxes). The hydraulic fluid will be stored in an equipment room and secondary containment of at least 110% of  tank’s  capacity.   Gearboxes and bearings will be installed with catchment trays where regular greasing occurs. Limited quantities combined with infrequent oil changes means that the risk of a spill occurring from the Barge Loader and conveying equipment is very low. In addition, none of the gearboxes containing oils will be located directly over water, further minimizing any potential for spillage to the marine environment. The Fuel Spill Contingency Plan will provide local contacts and call-out procedures in the event of a fuel spill in the marine environment. Oil spill preparedness measures will include (though not limited to) the following: Comprehensive oil spill reporting contact list; Oil spill training; Large-scale oil spill response equipment location; Small-scale oil spill equipment; Arrangement with a certified Response Organization; and Ensuring all oil tankers of 150 tons gross tonnage or more and all ships of 400 tons gross tonnage or more carry an approved Shipboard Oil Pollution Emergency Plan (SOPEP). In addition, vessels operating in Canada that fall under the Canada Shipping Act must meet a number of stipulations including (Burrard Clean, 2005): Shipboard Oil Pollution Emergency Plan (SOPEP); Arrangement with a certified Response Organization (RO); and On board a declaration that identifies the ship's insurer, confirms an arrangement with an RO, and identifies person(s) authorized to implement ship's SOPEP and arrangement with a Certified Response Organization. Much of the emergency preparedness plan can be accomplished through an arrangement with a certified Response Organization (e.g., Burrard Clean). Response equipment is stored throughout B.C., with the closest location to Portland Canal being Prince Rupert. Another potential preparedness measure is the marine coastal response capability of the Fishermen's' Oil Spill Emergency Team (FOSET). Using the latest available technologies, FOSET members can apply their knowledge of local coastal waters to safely and effectively
  • 85. Fuel Management and Spill Contingency Plan No. FMSC 00 Revision Date 2013-10-28 Page FMSC-13 clean-up spills. For small scale spills, bladder containers, oil skimmers, and sorbent products may be utilized. Though many of these issues fall under the responsibility of the marine operators, etc., BMPs and response measures will be developed and made aware to all parties involved in the mining operations. Marine Discharges & Spill Contingency Plan Potential marine accidents or malfunctions with potential for environmental effects generally include the following types of spills and discharges: Hydrocarbon spills (diesel fuel, light or medium oils, hydraulic fluids or lubricants); Spills of liquid concrete during construction of the marine Barge Loader; Sediment release during construction of the Barge Loader; Seawater ballast and other potential discharges; Spills of ship garbage and/or sewage; and Aggregate spillage during the barge loading process. Hydrocarbon Spills Potential hydrocarbon spills to the marine environment are addressed in an earlier section. Liquid Concrete Spills Concrete spills into the marine environment are only a potential concern during construction (Phase One). The quantity of concrete placed on site will be relatively small, as most structures will be pre-cast concrete or modular steel units. Liquid concrete is toxic to fish due to its alkaline nature and therefore should be prevented from entering fish bearing waters. In order to reduce the use of concrete on the marine structures, precast concrete pile caps will be used, which will substantially reduce the risk of liquid concrete spills into the marine environment. No concrete work is planned in or near any watercourse. If this changes, particular attention will be made to ensure that cement, concrete or concrete leachate do not enter the environment. In the unlikely event of a liquid concrete spill, mitigation options are limited. The key will be to prevent such spillage. The construction crew working on the marine structures will be instructed to take all precautions to prevent spilling liquid concrete into the waters.
  • 86. Fuel Management and Spill Contingency Plan No. FMSC 00 Revision Date 2013-10-28 Page FMSC-14 Sediment Release Sediment release to the marine environment is primarily a risk during the construction activities. Pilings required for barge supports will be placed by pile driving into the seabed. The pile depths will typically be socketed into the seabed to a depth of 4 m. Sediment release from pile driving technique is expected to be minimal, since the socketing will take place within the pipe piles. There is very little risk of sediments being released to the marine environment using this pile installation method. Ship/Barge Garbage & Sewage Tugboats and barges will bag and retain all ship and barge garbage on board during transit through Canadian waters to and from Swamp Point North Aggregates Project. No ship or barge garbage will be discharged from any vessel at any time. No facilities are available at the Swamp Point North Aggregates Project terminal for the receiving of ship’s  garbage. Ship’s  sewage  will  be retained in holding tanks for discharge offshore at sea in accordance with standard procedures. No sewage discharge is allowed in inland waters. In accordance with the restrictions noted above, no garbage or sewage disposal will occur at the Swamp Point North Aggregates Project site or in transit along the Portland Canal. There is therefore no risk of marine pollution from these activities. Aggregate Spillage Sand and gravel products generated by the Swamp Point North Aggregates Project will be inert, non-toxic materials. The primary risk associated with spillage during loading is if a large enough spill occurs to cover marine habitat. Mitigation measures to prevent spillage will include installation of spill trays underneath the Barge Loader conveyor belt and underneath all transfer point(s) that are located over water. The spill trays will be inspected and cleaned on a regular schedule. An operator, who will be trained to operate the Barge Loader and to properly load a barge, will manually control the barge loading operation. The operator will only start the Barge Loader conveyor system when the barge loading spout is properly positioned inside the barge’s   hold. The operator will be located inside a booth, where he or she has complete view of the barge loading spout. The operator can also view the conveyor system and transfer points via a monitor inside the booth connected to remote TV cameras. Should there be any problem with the conveyor system, the operator is able to quickly shut down the system, preventing or minimizing any spillage.
  • 87. Fuel Management and Spill Contingency Plan No. FMSC 00 Revision Date 2013-10-28 Page FMSC-15 Grounding of Vessel The route along Portland Canal to Swamp Point is relatively simple and navigation is considered easy, with little or no outlaying of navigational hazards. The route offers deep water for its entire length with navigable widths of approximately 1.0 nm. The estimated frequency of ships along the Portland Canal passage to Stewart is currently between 30 and 35 ships per year. Although there are few, if any, navigational aids, the coastline is rocky and steep producing an excellent radar return which provides a clear depiction of the vessels relative position in regard to the surrounding coastline. Upon approach to the Swamp Point North site, the barge will be tug assisted and speed will be reduced to berthing speed of approximately 3 knots. The landing ramp is located inside the barge loading dolphins and near the Swamp Point alluvial fan. Vessels will only use the landing ramp when wind, current and wave conditions allow for safe entry and exit to the site. All vessels will be under the control of an experienced skipper for each type of vessel (e.g. tug and barge, landing craft, fuel barge) during arrival and departure.
  • 88. Water Management Plan No. 00 WM Revision Date Page 2013-10-28 WM-1 Swamp Point North Aggregates Project SIGNATURE DATE PREPARED BY: D. Makepeace __________________ Oct.25, 2013 REVIEWED BY: V. Bryant __________________ Oct.28, 2013 APPROVED BY: V. Bryant __________________ Oct.28, 2013 APPROVED BY: __________________ _______________ ISSUE / REVISION INDEX Issue Revision Code No. By Rev’d. App. RI 00 DM Revision Details Date 2013-10-28 Released for Information Issue Codes: RI = Released for Information, IM = Released for Implementation, RC = Released for Revision and Comment
  • 89. Water Management Plan WM No. 00 Revision Date Page 2013-10-28 WM-2 PREFACE This document forms part of the Environmental, Health and Safety Management System (EHSMS) for the Swamp Point North Aggregates Project. The EHSMS in its entirety provides the practices, procedures and resources that need to be implemented for effective management to ensure the project complies with legislated requirements and best practices throughout the life of the project. The EHSMS includes the following documents: EHSMS Framework - Document  that  provides  the  company’s  environmental,  health  and   safety policies, objectives, organization, responsibilities, resources, document management and review requirements for the EHS program. A - Occupational Health and Safety Plan B – Mine Emergency Response Plan C – Sediment and Erosion Control Plan D – Hazardous Materials Handling Plan E – Fuel Management and Spill Contingency Plan F – Water Management Plan G – Waste Management Plan H – Reclamation Plan I – Road Design J – Mine Development Plan K – Traffic Plan L – Invasive Species Management Plan M – Barge Loadout and Marine Safety Plan N – Chance Find Procedure O – Wildlife Management Plan
  • 90. Water Management Plan WM No. 00 Revision Date Page 2013-10-28 WM-3 Background Average annual precipitation in Stewart is 1867 mm (Canadian Climate Norms 1981-2010). Thousand-year return period, maximum 24-hour precipitation at Stewart is 177 mm (Ascot, 2005). A 2007 exploration drilling program comprising 10 cored drill holes showed groundwater present in all of the holes. Piezometers were also installed in some of the holes to determine the ground water interface. Water Management The working face of the gravel pit will no doubt have ground water seeps throughout the excavation area and this water will be channeled through the work area into ad hoc sumps on the pit floor. A drainage collection ditch and pond will be constructed at the 35 m elevation to collect water that can be pumped to the wash plant settling ponds for make-up water as needed or drain downslope where it will be intercepted by the road ditch system. The water collection ditch may be lined, would only need to be constructed once for all five years of pit development and would provide an added buffer for stormwater runoff from the pit. A ditch and collection pond will also be constructed on the west side of the road leading from the camp to the wash plant. Collected water may be pumped to the wash plant settling ponds for make-up water or exfiltrate from the pond. No creeks will be diverted or used by the mine development. Start-up and makeup water for the plant will be obtained from site runoff and groundwater seeps collected in the ditches, collection ponds and wash plant settling ponds. Once the wash plant is operating, the only water requirement will be that associated with the shipped products, a net loss in the system of 3.3 m3/hr. If there is insufficient water for washing operations then the plant will produce unwashed aggregate or be shut down until sufficient quantities of water have been restored. If dry screened product only is required then the wash plant settling ponds water will overflow after clarification into the road drainage ditch. The washing and screening process uses 17.9 m3/h of water and the settling and clarification ponds will provide a residence time of more than 24 hours with the wash water usage at a maximum, plus flood storage and freeboard. It is proposed to use groundwater from the existing drill holes to provide a water supply for camp water (toilets and showers).
  • 91. Water Management Plan No. 00 WM Revision Date Page 2013-10-28 WM-4 Plant Water Balance The water balance for the Processing Plant is shown in the figure below. Wash water requirements are estimated at 17.9 m3/h with 2.1 m3/h makeup water expected to be collected from site runoff. Figure 1 Water Balance SWAMP POINT NORTH - WATER BALANCE RUN OF PIT MATERIAL 205 Tonnes / Hr @ 5% moisture Water 10.8 m3 / hr JAW CRUSHER Minus 50mm Oversize +300 mm CONE CRUSHER Wash Water 17.9 m3 /hr TRIPLE DECK WASH SCREEN COARSE To barge loader AGGREGATE & CHIPS +3.00 mm 128 tonnes / hr @ 5% H2 O SAND - 3.00 mm 72 tonnes / hr @ 9% H2 O = 6.4 m3 /hr contained Site Reclaim = 6.5 m3 /hr contained Stockpile Drainage Stockpile Drainage 2.1 m3 / hr PROCESS WATER POND FROM STOCKPILES SPRAY WASH WATER SITE WATER COLLECTION DITCHES + SILT @ 2.5 tph max Re-cycle water vnb 20/08/2013 Rev 4 235,000 tpa CLARIFICATION POND To barge loader
  • 92. Water Management Plan WM No. 00 Revision Date Page 2013-10-28 WM-5 Ditch Water Management The drainage area for the road ditch ranges from close to zero at the exit of the pit and wash plant area to approximately 5.5 ha at tidewater. Maximum discharge therefore is estimated to be 0.114 m3/s. The ditch will be constructed to pass 110% of peak flows. Figure 2 Typical Road and Ditch Cross-Section* *Note: Not to scale Settling Pond at Barge Load-out The two-cell settling pond at the barge load-out is the last point of control for the project and the conceptual design is illustrated in Figure 3. The size of the ponds is limited by available area, but will have approximately 0.3 hour retention time at 1000-year return, 24-hour maximum precipitation of 177 mm. A decant pipe design is not proposed to minimize maintenance since the camp will not be occupied year round. Construction level designs are still to be completed. Figure 3 Settling Pond Design at Barge Load-out
  • 93. Water Management Plan WM No. 00 Revision Date Page 2013-10-28 WM-6 Water Discharges Water contaminants associated with construction and operation of an aggregates operation are generally restricted to suspended sediments assuming effective implementation of a hydrocarbon spill prevention and response plan. The BC water quality guidelines for turbidity and total suspended solids for the protection of aquatic and marine life are presented in the following table. Water Use Aquatic life (fresh, marine, estuarine) Turbidity Change from background of 8 NTU at any one time for a duration of 24 h in all waters during clear flows or in clear waters Change from background of 2 NTU at any one time for a duration of 30 d in all waters during clear flows or in clear waters Change from background of 5 NTU at any time when background is 8 - 50 NTU during high flows or in turbid waters Change from background of 10% when background is >50 NTU at any time during high flows or in turbid waters Non-filterable residue (total suspended solids) Change from background of 25 mg/L at any one time for a duration of 24 h in all waters during clear flows or in clear waters Streambed Substrate Composition % fines not to exceed: •  10%  <2  mm •  19%  <3  mm •  28%  <6.35  mm at salmonid spawning sites Change from background of 5 mg/L at any one time for a duration of 30 d in all waters during clear flows or in clear waters Change from background of 10 mg/L at any time when background is 25 - 100 mg/L during high flows or in turbid waters Change from background of 10% when background is >100 mg/L at any time during high flows or in turbid waters Geometric mean diameter not less than 12 mm (minimum 30-d intragravel DO of 6 mg/L) Fredle number not less than 5 mm (minimum 30-d intragravel DO of 8 mg/L) The sediment control pond at the barge load-out will be the final control point of discharge to the environment. It is the only settling pond on the property that discharges to a water body with aquatic life. A Waste Management Act permit will be obtained prior to construction for the final project discharge. Turbidity in the receiving environment is proposed as the water quality compliance target for the project. Industry-based water discharge criteria are typically 50 mg/L total suspended solids, which equates to approximately 15 NTU. Less than 15 NTU is the proposed discharge criteria target for the project and is expected to meet the receiving water quality guidelines for protection of aquatic life given the large dilution, tidal exchange, winds and wave action in the Portland Canal. Turbidity measures are generally reliable and can be simply monitored using a portable turbidity meter. A calibrated turbidity meter will be kept in operable condition on site at all times when
  • 94. Water Management Plan WM No. 00 Revision Date Page 2013-10-28 WM-7 the camp is occupied. Appropriate staff will be trained in its use and will be responsible for taking and accurately recording readings. During dry weather in the summer, there are not expected to be any discharges from site. Discharges are expected during freshet and during wetter periods of weather during operations. The proposed operations are only seasonal and the site will be suspended at the end of each operational season in a manner that will allow for clean discharges without maintenance or supervision. The project is designed so that this should also be the case during operations. The highest risk period will be in the first year during construction and while the seeded banks are getting established. During construction and operation when the camp is occupied, all settling ponds will be visually monitored on a daily basis and more frequently during heavy rainfall events when the mine and camp are occupied. Water quality from the settling ponds will be monitored daily with a portable turbidity meter. Water quality in the receiving environment will be monitored on a weekly basis. The expected location of this site will be two, four and six metres out from shore where the discharge enters the ocean and accessed from either a small boat stored above the high tide level on shore, or from the conveyor walkway. Visual observations of substrate conditions in the intertidal zone at the discharge area will be made on a weekly basis and logged. If possible, photos from a control location should be taken on a regular basis and maintained in electronic form as part of the EHSMS documentation system.
  • 95. Solid & Liquid Waste Management Plan No. SLWM 00 Revision Date 2013-10-28 Page SLWM-1 Swamp Point North Aggregates Project SIGNATURE DATE PREPARED BY: D. Makepeace __________________ Oct.25, 2013 REVIEWED BY: V. Bryant __________________ Oct.28, 2013 APPROVED BY: V. Bryant __________________ Oct.28, 2013 APPROVED BY: __________________ _______________ ISSUE / REVISION INDEX Issue Revision Code No. By Rev’d. App. RI 00 DM Revision Details Date 2013-10-28 Released for Information Issue Codes: RI = Released for Information, IM = Released for Implementation, RC = Released for Revision and Comment
  • 96. Solid & Liquid Waste Management Plan No. SLWM 00 Revision Date 2013-10-28 Page SLWM-2 PREFACE This document forms part of the Environmental, Health and Safety Management System (EHSMS) for the Swamp Point North Aggregates Project. The EHSMS in its entirety provides the practices, procedures and resources that need to be implemented for effective management to ensure the project complies with legislated requirements and best practices throughout the life of the project. The EHSMS includes the following documents: EHSMS Framework - Document  that  provides  the  company’s  environmental,  health  and   safety policies, objectives, organization, responsibilities, resources, document management and review requirements for the EHS program. A - Occupational Health and Safety Plan B – Mine Emergency Response Plan C – Sediment and Erosion Control Plan D – Hazardous Materials Handling Plan E – Fuel Management and Spill Contingency Plan F – Water Management Plan G – Solid Waste Management Plan H – Reclamation Plan I – Road Design J – Mine Development Plan K – Traffic Plan L – Invasive Species Management Plan M – Barge Loadout and Marine Safety Plan N – Chance Find Procedure O – Wildlife Management Plan
  • 97. Solid & Liquid Waste Management Plan No. SLWM 00 Revision Date 2013-10-28 Page SLWM-3 The following describes Highbank’s plan to handle the collection, storage, transportation, and disposal of wastes generated during Project construction and operations. Solid and liquid wastes expected to be generated by the Project include sewage effluent, domestic wastes associated with the camp facilities, office wastes, and industrial (mainly oil) wastes associated with equipment use. Wastes will be handled and disposed of in ways that minimize potential environmental effects and in accordance with legislated requirements and regulations, and Best Management Practices (BMPs). Highbank will implement a program of waste reduction, re-use and recycling during construction, operations and reclamation / decommissioning. Provincial legislation relevant to waste management at mine sites include the Environmental Management Act RSBC 2003, Chapter 53 (Sewage, Air, Refuse, and Special Waste Regs.), Health Act, RSBC 1996, Chapter 179 and Drinking Water Protection Act, S.B.C 2001. Aggregate Mines are exempt from the Environmental Management Act under Schedule 1 (i.e., they do not require an Environmental Management Act permit to operate), but it is unclear how broad this exemption is intended to be. Further discussions will occur with Environmental Protection staff to clarify this matter when operational permits are being sought for the mine. Highbank is committed to complying with all licenses, permits and approvals required for dealing with wastes produced at the Swamp Point North Aggregates Project. SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT Solid Waste Management Strategies Highbank will apply the following waste management strategies at the Swamp Point North Aggregates Project: Proactive procurement policy, with use of environmentally friendly materials when practicable. This includes selection of portable structures (e.g., trailers) where feasible; temporary structures that can be fully disassembled and removed from the site at closure (e.g.,  ‘sprung’  structures);;  and  portable  equipment  (Processing  Plant);; Waste segregation, to be implemented by all employees and contractors to assist in success of the waste reduction, re-use and recycling; Off-site shipment of recyclables and any special wastes to appropriate facilities; Putrescible wastes and other wastes will be shipped off-site to a licenced landfill site; and Disposal of inert materials will be buried in a small landfill site located within the Laydown Area. If required, a permit will be sought for this landfill during Project permitting. RECYCLING Hazardous Wastes Special wastes such as waste oil, glycol coolant, solvent fluids, used oil filters, used batteries, and contaminated fuel, will be handled, stored, transported, and disposed of in accordance with
  • 98. Solid & Liquid Waste Management Plan No. SLWM 00 Revision Date 2013-10-28 Page SLWM-4 the Hazardous Waste Regulation. These materials will be clearly identified with WHMIS labelling and MSDS sheets for worker protection. A special secure site will be established at the Laydown Pad Non-hazardous Wastes A site for temporary storage of recyclable materials will be established at the Laydown Pad. Scrap metal (electrical cable, crusher plates, liners, and screens), tires, glass, recyclable plastics, drink containers, tin cans, and office paper waste will be separated, containerized as appropriate, and temporarily stored in the lay down area until sufficient volumes are available for shipment to the recycling point. Putrescible (Domestic) Waste Disposal Putrescible organic food wastes generated from the camp accommodation facilities will be stored and shipped off-site to a licenced landfill site on a regular basis. Due to the small number of people at the camp it is uneconomic to install an incinerator. Laydown Area Landfill Site solid waste that cannot be recycled in northwest B.C. will be disposed of in an on-site small permanent landfill at the laydown area. No putrescible materials will be placed in the landfill. Materials envisioned to be placed in the landfill include inert industrial wastes that cannot be recycled. Guidance will be sought from the Environmental Protection Branch as to whether an Environmental Management Act permit will be required for solid wastes generated at this site. At this time a potential landfill location has been selected within the Laydown Area. The permanent site will be identified and verified prior to construction.
  • 99. Solid & Liquid Waste Management Plan No. SLWM 00 Revision Date 2013-10-28 Page SLWM-5 Boneyard Storage A   location   on   the   mine   site   will   be   designated   as   an   outdoor   storage   or   ‘boneyard’   area   for placement of items that are not yet ready for disposal, but which may still be of use for spare parts. These items are likely to include equipment parts, vehicles, and pieces of equipment, and metal components. As much of this material as possible, will be utilized during the mine life. Materials remaining in the boneyard at the end of mine life will either be shipped off site for salvage value (or if they are classified as hazardous), or disposed of in the landfill if they meet the criteria for disposal at that location. On-site Bio- remediation Cell “Land  farming”  is  a  commonly  used  method  of  soil  remediation  for  hydrocarbon  contaminated soil that relies on natural breakdown of hydrocarbons by microbial action. This is done by spreading a shallow layer of contaminated soil onto a lined "bermed" area referred to as a biocell. In the event of a minor hydrocarbon spill on site, the contaminated materials will be treated using a biocell as authorized in the Hazardous Waste Regulation. LIQUID WASTE MANAGEMENT Waste Water (Sewage) Disposal The camp will have a septic system (tank and field). Outhouses will be situated well away from aquatic habitats, and the bottom of the pit toilet will be at least 1 m above the highest groundwater level. The wastewater disposal systems for the Camp is expected to continue to meet requirements of the Health Act (RBC 1996) Chapter 179 and the Sewage System Regulation (B.C. Reg. 326/04). Wastewater for the Camp will come from washroom discharge and grey water from the cooking, laundry and shower facilities. The camp sewage system is sized for 10 persons on-site at any one time, and consists of an appropriately sized septic tank followed by discharge a septic field where the final effluent will be slowly discharged to the ground. As this project will have less than 100 persons, the company will not be required to obtain an Effluent Permit for this discharge, but must comply with the Health Act (RBC 1996). The Laydown pad and the pit will have a pit-toilet outhouses.
  • 100. Solid & Liquid Waste Management Plan No. SLWM 00 Revision Date 2013-10-28 Page SLWM-6 Oily Wastes The mobile and stationary equipment will produce oily wastes. Most of these oily wastes will be collected from oil-water separators at the Maintenance Shop and the refuelling pad. Oily liquids collected from the oil-water separator will be stored in drums and regularly transported off-site in accordance with the Hazardous Waste Regulation.
  • 101. Reclamation Plan No. 00 R Revision Date 2013-10-28 Page R-1 Swamp Point North Aggregates Project SIGNATURE DATE PREPARED BY: D. Makepeace __________________ Oct.25, 2013 REVIEWED BY: V. Bryant __________________ Oct.28, 2013 APPROVED BY: V. Bryant __________________ Oct.28, 2013 APPROVED BY: __________________ _______________ ISSUE / REVISION INDEX Issue Revision Code No. By Rev’d. App. RI 00 DM Revision Details Date 2013-10-28 Released for Information Issue Codes: RI = Released for Information, IM = Released for Implementation, RC = Released for Revision and Comment
  • 102. Reclamation Plan R No. 00 Revision Date 2013-10-28 Page R-2 PREFACE This document forms part of the Environmental, Health and Safety Management System (EHSMS) for the Swamp Point North Aggregates Project. The EHSMS in its entirety provides the practices, procedures and resources that need to be implemented for effective management to ensure the project complies with legislated requirements and best practices throughout the life of the project. The EHSMS includes the following documents: EHSMS Framework - Document  that  provides  the  company’s  environmental,  health  and   safety policies, objectives, organization, responsibilities, resources, document management and review requirements for the EHS program. A - Occupational Health and Safety Plan B – Mine Emergency Response Plan C – Sediment and Erosion Control Plan D – Hazardous Materials Handling Plan E – Fuel Management and Spill Contingency Plan F – Water Management Plan G – Waste Management Plan H – Reclamation Plan I – Road Design J – Mine Development Plan K – Traffic Plan L – Invasive Species Management Plan M – Barge Loadout and Marine Safety Plan N – Chance Find Procedure O – Wildlife Management Plan
  • 103. Reclamation Plan R No. 00 Revision Date 2013-10-28 Page R-3 The following section presents a conceptual reclamation and closure plan for the Swamp Point North Aggregates Project. Major topics include a soils handling plan; reclamation timing and sequence; and a conceptual final reclamation plan, including descriptions of post-mine site features, end land use and capability objectives, and treatment of structures and equipment. The conceptual reclamation plan is based on information gained from: Environmental baseline studies completed in 2006-2007  and  at  Ascot’s Swamp Point site, including soils, vegetation, TEM, wildlife, rare ecosystem mapping, hydrology, groundwater, and both freshwater and marine studies; Engineering design work that has integrated reclamation and other environmental considerations into the mine planning; and Ongoing reclamation experience at other coastal mines in the area (e.g., Kitsault Mine and Premier Gold Mine) and at large scale sand and gravel mines along the southern B.C. coast. Reclamation planning for the Swamp Point Aggregate Mine is focused on preventing long-term adverse environmental effects. This conceptual reclamation and closure plan is also directed towards ensuring compliance with the British Columbia Mines Act and the Health, Safety and Reclamation Code for Mines in British Columbia (Code). Soils Handling Plan The very small size of the Project development area, in combination with significant combined depths of soils and overburden requiring removal, requires that as much progressive reclamation as possible be completed during the life of mine. The total development area is only approximately 6.6 ha, and total depths of overburden (soils and subsoils) exceed 0.25 m over much of the site. A storage site immediately uphill from the wash plant and outside the Open Pit has been chosen for the salvaged soils, subsoils, and mine waste (combined soil materials and wash water silt) for the life of the mine. The top 0.25 m of soil and overburden will be stripped and stored in the stockpile. Brush and non-salvagable timber will be integrated in the stockpile and allowed to degrade within the pile to maintain nutrients. The soil stockpile will be sloped and seeded to prevent as much run-off as possible, although it will be added to as mining progresses. Fine rejects from the wash plant settling pond will be recovered from the ponds and deposited in the stockpile to be integrated with the topsoil for reclamation. The cover soil volume anticipated totals about 14,000 bcm. The stockpile as designed will accommodate 18,000 bcm. As and when possible over the life of the mine, stockpiled soil will be spread on the cut slopes and the slopes seeded. Tree planting will wait until final abandonment.
  • 104. Reclamation Plan R No. 00 Revision Date 2013-10-28 Page R-4 Soil Salvage & Handling Operators and supervisors involved with soil salvage will receive training at the beginning of salvage activities. Soils   will   be   stripped   and   handled   at   “field   capacity”   or   drier   soil   moisture   condition. Field capacity is the moist soil condition at least 2 days after a significant rain. Soils will not be stripped or piled in wet, rainy conditions to minimize surface soil compaction and erosion. Equipment traffic on the soil stockpiles will also be kept to a minimum to minimize soil compaction. Soil stockpiles will be contoured with a smaller crawler tractor with low-pressure tracks. Sediment containment measures (e.g., berms and/or silt fencing) will be implemented as appropriate on and around the stockpile areas, in accordance with the Erosion Prevention and Sediment Control (SEPSC) Plan and Best Management Practices (BMPs). As soon as stockpiling is complete for each season, the soil, subsoil and mine waste (i.e., if there are sufficient fines to support plant growth) stockpiles will be seeded with an appropriate erosion controlling seed mixture to minimize erosion. If practicable, a thin layer (i.e., 10 to 25 cm) of rough gravels/cobbles or organic debris will also spread on the top of stockpile areas with higher silt content soils to minimize erosion. When grass seeding is not an option to control sediment release, such as when stockpiling is finished too late in the growing season for plant establishment, a thin layer of gravel will be applied as needed to minimize erosion and sloughing. Other options include landscaping cloth or plastic. Seeding on completed areas of the stockpiles (i.e., where no further dumping is planned) will then commence early during the subsequent spring once the covers on piles are removed. Site Preparation & Soil Replacement Areas Mined out sections of the Open Pit will be reclaimed as early as possible in mine life. The pit has been designed to minimize the need for resloping at closure with the final slopes averaging 50%. Any highly compacted areas will be decompacted using the excavator or a ripper bar equipped dozer. The mix of soil and rejects from the stockpile will be spread over the pit slopes. Reclamation Timing & Sequence During the construction phase, the only areas where reclamation can be completed are the fill slopes at the Laydown Area, the Operations Camp, and along the Mine Road. Interim revegetation for erosion control purposes will also be completed at various locations around the site, including along the ditches of the Mine Road and on the soil stockpile. Reclamation opportunities will remain quite limited during the mining phase, as most of the areas that are prepared for mining will be cut further or will be active. Reclamation may also be possible on some small areas in the pit.
  • 105. Reclamation Plan R No. 00 Revision Date 2013-10-28 Page R-5 Reclamation will continue progressively until mining is completed. Then decommissioning and final reclamation of the pit and all other facility areas will start. Pit re-contouring, soil placement, and revegetation will be completed. All structures and mobile equipment will be removed, including marine facilities, more or less in reverse sequence of what is described for the construction phase. All structures will be removed prior to reclaiming the Laydown Area. During the final stages of reclamation, the operations camp will be removed. The last machine will be loaded onto a barge in the same way as the first equipment was brought to the site. Overall, this low elevation coastal site has good quality and quantity of surficial soil materials that are expected to enable relatively easy site reclamation. End Land Use & Capability Objectives The project falls within the coastal mountain hemlock biogeoclimatic zone and much of the area was previously logged (using both selective harvesting and clearcutting) over various periods over the last 20 years. Many species of birds and mammals were found in 2007, but to date no species at risk are expected to be significantly affected by the project. Bald eagles were found to be nesting near the property and black bear are known to use the area. The overall concept for reclamation and end land use objectives at the Swamp Point North Aggregates Project site is to create post-mine ecosystems with similar ecological values and land capabilities as existed pre-mine for wildlife habitat and forestry. Pre-mine, the proposed mine site has provided wildlife habitat, and has been logged and then re-planted. There has been Traditional Use of lands in the general  vicinity  of  Swamp  Point  by  the  Nisga’a  Nation.   The site reclamation planning is focused on ensuring that the post-mine reclaimed area will be capable of sustaining these habitat and land use values similar to pre-mining conditions. The generally south-facing aspect of the pit location will be maintained post-mine but the slope gradients will steepen from an average of 25% to 50%. Within the proposed development area, approximately 5 ha are currently forested with an estimated 1200 m3 of secondary growth timber. Western Hemlock and Sitka Spruce will be planted post-mine to develop similar forest cover in the future. General Reclamation Methods Seeding for erosion prevention and sediment control will be necessary on most areas following soil placement. Certified native (to the area) seed mix will be used. Native seed mixes will be trialed in the soil stockpile during operations to optimize the mix and required tacifiers and amendments. Perennial species will be required in the seed mix as this vegetation will need to persist for more than one growing season. Care will be taken during operations to avoid the use of clover and other legumes that could attract bears to the site. Post-closure, legumes will be an important part of the seed mixture.
  • 106. Reclamation Plan R No. 00 Revision Date 2013-10-28 Page R-6 Tree planting will be done at the end of mining immediately following covering and seeding to promote recovery of the site. Western Hemlock and Sitka Spruce seedlings have been proposed for costing, but these prescriptions will be revised in consultation with the nurseries during operations. Standard forestry stocking rates have been assumed (average 2.75 m spacing between trees). Facility-Specific Reclamation Methods Open Pit The Open Pit will be the largest activity at North Swamp Point, accounting for approximately 5.5 ha. Reclamation methods in the Open Pit will include: Initial soil salvage and storage prior to sand and gravel extraction; If and where possible, progressive reclamation during the mine life and at closure, that will include the following for mined out areas: o Placing soil and reject mix from the stockpile on final pit slopes; o Decompaction of pit floor and road surfaces as appropriate; o Placement of salvaged soils over most pit to a depth of 0.25 to 0.35 m; and o Final revegetation using an appropriate certified native seed mixture plus tree planting, which will provide both wildlife habitat and forest production. During decommissioning, removal of the Process Plant, the conveyor system, and all pit equipment, and shipment of them off-site. Mine Road The Mine Road will be reactivated early in the initial phase of the project and will provide access between the Barge Loader facility, the Open Pit and the Camp. The total area of this road will be approximately 0.2 ha. Soil application onto exterior (western) fill slopes will occur progressively as this road is reactivated, by side-casting soil from within the advancing road bed onto just completed fill slopes. These fill slopes will then be seeded with a seed mix and later planted with woody species selected for final reclamation. Post-closure, following removal of the Camp, the remaining road sections will be reclaimed back to the Barge Loader facility. The road surface will be decompacted using an excavator equipped with ripper tines (50 cm). Waterbars 50 cm deep will be constructed at approximately 100 m intervals on sloping surfaces of the roadway. Soil will be applied, and the road will be revegetated in the same manner as terrestrial portions of the Open Pit.
  • 107. Reclamation Plan R No. 00 Revision Date 2013-10-28 Page R-7 Laydown Area The Laydown Area, with a total area of approximately 0.2 ha, will be a pad constructed using cut and fill methods. Facilities developed at the Laydown Area during mine life will include the initial phase a small Repair shop, the Fuel Storage Tanks and a small Landfill. Unused portions of the laydown area will initially be seeded with an appropriate seed mix containing short-lived perennials. At closure, the equipment not needed for reclamation will be removed and transported off-site by barge or landing craft. Inert waste not hauled off site will be landfilled in the Laydown Area landfill. The Laydown Area will be scarified, seeded and planted with trees at closure. The landfill will be seeded and planted. Water Management Structures Water management structures constructed during mine life will include the Mine Road Ditch, Process Water Settling Ponds and Runoff Settling Ponds. At closure, Settling Ponds will be backfilled and seeded as part of the final recontouring process. The objective will be to create stable post-mine drainage that will not require post-closure monitoring or maintenance. Product Stockpile Pad The Product Stockpile Pad will be a constructed pad that will support infrastructure needed for barge loading and unloading. The total area of this facility will be approximately 0.2 ha. It will include an access road to the Barge Loader ramp, and will be where the land based components of the Barge Loader will be constructed. The conveyor system from the product stockpiles to the barge will be routed through the Product Stockpile Pad, with the pad providing the land-based support for the conveyor connection to the Barge Loader. During initial construction, most of the fill slopes for the Product Stockpile Pad will be reclaimed as described above for the Laydown Area. Depending on the assessed potential for erosion to the marine environment, external portions of fill slopes in proximity to the shore may be constructed from or covered with coarse fill to prevent sediment release. Any such slopes would not be revegetated. Where possible, a vegetation strip will be left adjacent to the waterfront for sediment control and visual screening. At closure, the shore-based steel support structures for the Barge Loader will be removed and salvaged. Concrete foundations for the Barge Loader and conveyor system will be buried in place. Depending on the concrete reinforcement (e.g., rebar), the foundations may be broken up. All other structural components, including the conveyor system, ramps, and walkways will be removed and transported off-site by barge. The pad surface, including the road, will be scarified.
  • 108. Reclamation Plan R No. 00 Revision Date 2013-10-28 Page R-8 The area will then be top-dressed with salvaged soil and revegetated using the methods described above for terrestrial portions of the Open Pit. Camp The Camp is an existing facility and occupies a total area of approximately 0.2 ha. At mine closure, the camp trailers and any other buildings and materials will be removed from the site. The septic tank and field will remain in place. The parking and camp trailer areas will be scarified as needed, and the area will be covered with salvaged soils and revegetated. Marine Facilities Marine facilities developed for the Swamp Point North Aggregates Project will include the dolphins needed to secure the Barge Loader, the Barge Loader superstructure, and other structural components. At the end of mine operations, the Barge Loader superstructure and dolphins will be removed and transported off-site by barge. As part of this process, the piles used to construct the dolphins will be pulled out of the seabed. All ramps, walkways and other structures will be removed. Long Term Stability Long term stability of the post-mine site is one of the most important aspects of reclamation planning, and has been integral to mine planning and design. The Open Pit and associated water management features, and the remainder of the mine site, have been designed to be stable in the long term. Treatment of Structures & Equipment At mine closure, all structures on site will be dismantled and sold as used equipment or salvaged for scrap metal. All material will be salvaged and shipped off site on a barge. Certain types of inert waste may be buried on site if approval is granted by the various regulatory agencies. All mobile equipment will be sold as used equipment and will be removed from site. Operational & Post Closure Monitoring for Reclamation Success Reclamation success will be monitored on an ongoing basis throughout operations as a basis for continually refining and improving reclamation techniques. Post-closure monitoring will be conducted as appropriate to confirm reclamation and revegetation success. As noted previously, this site is expected to be relatively easy to reclaim given the reclamation planning and the very favourable growing (climatic) conditions.
  • 109. Road Design No. 00 RD Revision Date 2013-10-28 Page RD-1 Swamp Point North Aggregates Project SIGNATURE DATE PREPARED BY: D. Makepeace __________________ Oct.25, 2013 REVIEWED BY: V. Bryant __________________ Oct.28, 2013 APPROVED BY: V. Bryant __________________ Oct.28, 2013 APPROVED BY: __________________ _______________ ISSUE / REVISION INDEX Issue Revision Code No. By Rev’d. App. RI 00 DM Revision Details Date 2013-10-28 Released for Information Issue Codes: RI = Released for Information, IM = Released for Implementation, RC = Released for Revision and Comment
  • 110. Road Design RD No. 00 Revision Date 2013-10-28 Page RD-2 PREFACE This document forms part of the Environmental, Health and Safety Management System (EHSMS) for the Swamp Point North Aggregates Project. The EHSMS in its entirety provides the practices, procedures and resources that need to be implemented for effective management to ensure the project complies with legislated requirements and best practices throughout the life of the project. The EHSMS includes the following documents: EHSMS Framework - Document  that  provides  the  company’s  environmental,  health  and   safety policies, objectives, organization, responsibilities, resources, document management and review requirements for the EHS program. A - Occupational Health and Safety Plan B – Mine Emergency Response Plan C – Sediment and Erosion Control Plan D – Hazardous Materials Handling Plan E – Fuel Management and Spill Contingency Plan F – Water Management Plan G – Solid Waste Management Plan H – Reclamation Plan I – Road Design J – Mine Development Plan K – Traffic Plan L – Invasive Species Management Plan M – Barge Loadout and Marine Safety Plan N – Chance Find Procedure O – Wildlife Management Plan
  • 111. Road Design RD No. 00 Revision Date 2013-10-28 Page RD-3 The existing access road runs from the foreshore barge load out site to the pit area. Approximately 750 m of this road will be widened and re-habilitated to meet the BC Code for a truck haul road. The width over the haul section will be increased to 7.8 m and a roadside ditch will be constructed. For approximately 250 m from the plant, the roadside ditch gradient will be about 12%. The lower 500 m portion of the ditch will have a gradient of 6%. Bank sloping will widen the road width, and a Code-compliant safety berm will be built on the outside edge. The road surface will be slightly cambered to the inside roadway ditch to shed water from the road surface and minimize the potential of sediment erosion of the safety berm and the outside road fill. As appropriate, ditch erosion will be minimized with silt fences, straw bales, settling ponds, and possibly heavy duty polyethylene sheeting held in place with wooden stakes on steeper sections. Thousand-year return, maximum 24-hour precipitation at Stewart is 177 mm (Ascot, 2005). The drainage area for the road ditch ranges from close to zero at the exit of the pit and wash plant area to approximately 5.5 ha at tidewater. Maximum discharge therefore is estimated to be 0.114 m3/s. The ditch will be constructed to pass 110% of peak flows. The diagram below illustrates a typical road profile. *Note: Not to scale The two 12% grade switchback sections of the Mine Road will have emergency run-out lanes as per the Health, Safety and Reclamation Code. All switchbacks will be designed to accommodate 30 t dump trucks turning radii. These are shown on DMT Figures 4 to 8. The road will be surveyed as the project moves into construction. Any design revisions to meet Code will be detailed at that time and as built drawings will be kept on site and filed with BC Mines if and as required.
  • 112. Mine Development Plan No. 00 MD Revision Date 2013-10-28 Page MD-1 Swamp Point North Aggregates Project SIGNATURE DATE PREPARED BY: D. Makepeace __________________ Oct.25, 2013 REVIEWED BY: V. Bryant __________________ Oct.28, 2013 APPROVED BY: V. Bryant __________________ Oct.28, 2013 APPROVED BY: __________________ _______________ ISSUE / REVISION INDEX Issue Revision Code No. By Rev’d. App. RI 00 DM Revision Details Date 2013-10-28 Released for Information Issue Codes: RI = Released for Information, IM = Released for Implementation, RC = Released for Revision and Comment
  • 113. Mine Development Plan MD No. 00 Revision Date 2013-10-28 Page MD-2 PREFACE This document forms part of the Environmental, Health and Safety Management System (EHSMS) for the Swamp Point North Aggregates Project. The EHSMS in its entirety provides the practices, procedures and resources that need to be implemented for effective management to ensure the project complies with legislated requirements and best practices throughout the life of the project. The EHSMS includes the following documents: EHSMS Framework - Document  that  provides  the  company’s  environmental,  health  and   safety policies, objectives, organization, responsibilities, resources, document management and review requirements for the EHS program. A - Occupational Health and Safety Plan B – Mine Emergency Response Plan C – Sediment and Erosion Control Plan D – Hazardous Materials Handling Plan E – Fuel Management and Spill Contingency Plan F – Water Management Plan G – Waste Management Plan H – Reclamation Plan I – Road Design J – Mine Development Plan K – Traffic Plan L – Invasive Species Management Plan M – Barge Loadout and Marine Safety Plan N – Chance Find Procedure O – Wildlife Management Plan
  • 114. Mine Development Plan MD No. 00 Revision Date 2013-10-28 Page MD-3 The Swamp Point North Aggregates Project has been designed with development over a projected mine life of 5 years at a production rate of approximately 235,000 t/y. Drawings 4 through 8 are chronological mine progression drawings showing the end of each mine year. Drawing 1 is the site location and general arrangements at closure, showing most of the mine infrastructure. Drawings 2 and 3 are cross sections of the mine in the different operational years. Construction Phase The existing access road from the foreshore barge load out site to the pit area of approximately 750 m will be widened and re-habilitated to meet the BC Code for a truck haul road. The width over the haul section will be increased to 7.8 m and a roadside ditch with silt fences and straw bales to slow down the water flow in the ditch will be provided. Bank sloping will widen the road width, and a Code-compliant berm will be built on the outside edge. The haul road will exceed the guidance gradient of 5% given in the Health Safety and Reclamation Code, and will therefore require run-out lanes. These are shown on Drawings 4 to 8. Initial clearing will fell trees and brush, salvaging as much timber as possible. Dozers and backhoes will be used to strip the cover soils and load trucks to move the cover soils to the stockpile. The cover-soil stockpile will be sloped and seeded to prevent as much run-off as possible, although it will be added to as mining progresses. As and when possible over the life of the mine cover soil will be re-spread on the cut slopes and the slopes re-seeded. Tree planting will wait until final abandonment. The depth of stripping is expected to average less than 0.25 m across the site; drilling results indicate very shallow cover soils. The cover soil volume anticipated totals about 14,000 bcm. The stockpile as designed will accommodate 18,000 bcm. Operation Phase The initial Year 1 pit will generate the largest disturbance because a combination of the pit location and the rising topography requires a long back-slope to achieve the desired slope gradients of 2H:1V (27°). This slope gradient will ensure permanent stability and eliminate the need for re-sloping during reclamation. The back-slope ends within the northern limit of the current licence area, which was the major factor in determining the location of the pit. The pit will be developed from the top down in 5 m high lifts with a 2H:1V back slope to the east and day-lighting the bench to the west. A berm will be retained at the edge of the bench to prevent debris from falling down the outside slope while machinery is working close to the edge and subsequently removed and a new berm formed as each bench is taken down. Mining excavations will be carried out by conventional mining equipment consisting of a D9/D10 dozer, excavator, front-end loaders and 35/40 tonne rear dump trucks. A dozer will grade the back-slope to the current bench where it will be lifted by the loaders in 2.5 m flitches
  • 115. Mine Development Plan MD No. 00 Revision Date 2013-10-28 Page MD-4 either into a truck or directly to the wash-plant hopper. The maximum height of any vertical face will be 2.5 m. The mine and plant will operate in daylight hours only, up to 12 hours per day, 6 days per week for up to eight months of the year. The camp facilities and fuel tanks it will be drained and mothballed during the winter months. Given the remote location and the fact that nothing of value will remain at the camp, full-time security will not be provided, but ad-hoc inspections will be carried out. As the working level descends a 10 m wide haul road will be established at a gradient of 10% from the working level to the wash plant with a side berm to meet Code requirements. The relatively slow rate of production will allow aggregate to be loaded directly by loader from the pit to the wash-plant hopper, or taken by a single truck to a small stockpile for re-handling into the plant. The western run-out lane will eventually be lost to the extraction in the later stages. In lieu of a run-out lane, a median berm will be installed to provide for arresting of a truck in the event of brake failure. Processing Plant It is proposed to install a crushing, triple deck screen and washing plant to prepare saleable product from the mined aggregate. The CSWP is rated at 200 tonnes per hour raw feed through the plant, estimated to produce 128 tonnes of gravel, 72 tonnes of sand and silt. Silt will be mixed with soil and used for reclamation as areas become available once mining has ceased. The wash plant (designed by others) will be located on the 70 m bench along with the settling and clarification ponds, which will supply the water required. Water pumped from sumps on the descending levels will be pumped to the settling pond. Portable pumps will be installed as required to prevent any uncontrolled flooding. Product will be stored as it is produced at a stockpile adjacent to the barge load-out to maintain adequate space around the plant. From the plant the road and ditch will run for approximately 250 metres at about 12%. The lower portion of the road and ditch, approximately 500 metres, will have a gradient of 6%. A berm will be constructed around the stockpiled material such that any drainage will either exfiltrate through the gravel or divert into settling pond before discharge. A dedicated diesel generator will power the CSWP. All diesel storage will be in double walled tanks with integral secondary containment and monitored daily for leakage. The mine and plant will operate in daylight hours only, up to 12 hours per day, 6 days per week for up to eight months of the year. The mine and plant equipment will be drained and mothballed during the winter months along with all other facilities.
  • 116. Mine Development Plan MD No. 00 Revision Date 2013-10-28 Page MD-5 Camp and Ancillary Facilities During the initial preparation of the site the old camp will be refurbished and established for occupation. A dedicated generator will be provided, with a double lined fuel tank with integral berm provided to eliminate any possibility of spillage. Propane will be used at the camp for heating and cooking. Camp will include a first aid room and a person trained to meet Code firstaid requirements will be present on site at all times that the camp is occupied. A satellite phone will be provided for remote communication. Handheld radios will be used for site communication and traffic control on site. A suitable area for a heli-pad will be staked out and marked according to legislated requirements and a helicopter operator contracted to provide emergency evacuation services for medical emergencies. A boat capable of evacuating the entire complement of the camp will be on standby at the barge load-out at all times that the camp is occupied. Closure Reclamation activities will be progressive to the extent possible, however most will occur during the final year of operation. Final site reclamation will be implemented at the end of year five.
  • 117. Traffic Plan No. 00 T Revision Date 2013-10-28 Page T-1 Swamp Point North Aggregates Project SIGNATURE DATE PREPARED BY: D. Makepeace __________________ Oct.25, 2013 REVIEWED BY: V. Bryant __________________ Oct.28, 2013 APPROVED BY: V. Bryant __________________ Oct.28, 2013 APPROVED BY: __________________ _______________ ISSUE / REVISION INDEX Issue Revision Code No. By Rev’d. App. RI 00 DM Revision Details Date 2013-10-28 Released for Information Issue Codes: RI = Released for Information, IM = Released for Implementation, RC = Released for Revision and Comment
  • 118. Traffic Plan T No. 00 Revision Date 2013-10-28 Page T-2 PREFACE This document forms part of the Environmental, Health and Safety Management System (EHSMS) for the Swamp Point North Aggregates Project. The EHSMS in its entirety provides the practices, procedures and resources that need to be implemented for effective management to ensure the project complies with legislated requirements and best practices throughout the life of the project. The EHSMS includes the following documents: EHSMS Framework - Document  that  provides  the  company’s  environmental,  health  and   safety policies, objectives, organization, responsibilities, resources, document management and review requirements for the EHS program. A - Occupational Health and Safety Plan B – Mine Emergency Response Plan C – Sediment and Erosion Control Plan D – Hazardous Materials Handling Plan E – Fuel Management and Spill Contingency Plan F – Water Management Plan G – Waste Management Plan H – Reclamation Plan I – Road Design J – Mine Development Plan K – Traffic Plan L – Invasive Species Management Plan M – Barge Loadout and Marine Safety Plan N – Chance Find Procedure O – Wildlife Management Plan
  • 119. Traffic Plan No. 00 T Revision Date 2013-10-28 Page T-3 The Swamp Point North Aggregates Project is a small scale operation. As such, the number of vehicles and equipment will be minimal. It is anticipated that the following equipment will be necessary to operate the mine site. Equipment Excavator Dozer (D9 or D10) Front-end Loader 35 - 40 T Dump Trucks ¾ T Pickup Trucks Number 1 1 2 3 2 The dozer will only be working when the need arises. The dump trucks and pickup trucks will be the only vehicles running outside the Open Pit. The dump trucks will always have the right of way on the Mine Road. Each vehicle and piece of equipment will have a radio. All movements within the Open Pit and the Mine Road will be radio-controlled (e.g. vehicles calling at agreed locations when travelling up and down the main road). Operators will be trained to coordinate their movements in a safe manner. Regular safety meeting will emphasize the safe movement of vehicles and communications between vehicles, equipment and personnel on the ground.
  • 120. Invasive Species Management Plan No. 00 ISM Revision Date Page 2013-10-28 ISM-1 Swamp Point North Aggregates Project SIGNATURE DATE PREPARED BY: D. Makepeace __________________ Oct.25, 2013 REVIEWED BY: V. Bryant __________________ Oct.28, 2013 APPROVED BY: V. Bryant __________________ Oct.28, 2013 APPROVED BY: __________________ _______________ ISSUE / REVISION INDEX Issue Revision Code No. By Rev’d. App. RI 00 DM Revision Details Date 2013-10-28 Released for Information Issue Codes: RI = Released for Information, IM = Released for Implementation, RC = Released for Revision and Comment
  • 121. Invasive Species Management Plan ISM No. 00 Revision Date Page 2013-10-28 ISM-2 PREFACE This document forms part of the Environmental, Health and Safety Management System (EHSMS) for the Swamp Point North Aggregates Project. The EHSMS in its entirety provides the practices, procedures and resources that need to be implemented for effective management to ensure the project complies with legislated requirements and best practices throughout the life of the project. The EHSMS includes the following documents: EHSMS Framework - Document  that  provides  the  company’s  environmental,  health  and   safety policies, objectives, organization, responsibilities, resources, document management and review requirements for the EHS program. A - Occupational Health and Safety Plan B – Mine Emergency Response Plan C – Sediment and Erosion Control Plan D – Hazardous Materials Handling Plan E – Fuel Management and Spill Contingency Plan F – Water Management Plan G – Waste Management Plan H – Reclamation Plan I – Road Design J – Mine Development Plan K – Traffic Plan L – Invasive Species Management Plan M – Barge Loadout and Marine Safety Plan N – Chance Find Procedure O – Wildlife Management Plan
  • 122. Invasive Species Management Plan ISM No. 00 Revision Date Page 2013-10-28 ISM-3 Invasive plant species have the potential to pose undesirable or detrimental impacts on humans, animals or ecosystems. Invasive plants have the capacity to establish quickly and easily on both disturbed and un-disturbed sites, and can cause widespread negative economic, social, and environmental impacts. A Noxious Weed is an invasive plant that is designated for control under the BC Weed Control Act (WCA) and associated Regulations. Invasive plants are non-native plant species that are difficult to control. In the absence of their natural predators and diseases, these weeds aggressively compete with native plants for sunlight, water & nutrients. Highbank will utilize information from the Best Practices for Managing Invasive Plants on Roadsides (BC Ministry of Transporation and Infrastructure, 2013) and the Northwest Invasive Plant Council (NWIPC). Highbank commits to the following: Equipment brought to site will be thoroughly cleaned to prevent noxious weeds. The Open Pit and other exposed areas will be kept clean and sanitary to prevent invasive plants from taking hold. Isolated plants will be pulled. Seed heads will be clipped and placed in sealed bags The plants and seed heads will either be buried or burned with respect to regulations. Invasive plant infested gravel pits will be recorded and reported to the Mine Manager. The Mine manager will contact the NWIPC at 1-866-44-WEEDS. All gravel pits and material sources will be regularly inspected to ensure that they are free of invasive plants. Certified weed-free native seed mixes will only be used during reclamation. Spraying will only be carried out if invasive plant removal by other measures have been exhausted and with stakeholder and government approvals (prevention will be the priority). Potential invasive plants this area include but are not limited to: Dalmatian Toadflax Canadian Thistle Spotted Knapweed Diffuse Knapweed Orange Hawkweed Leafy Spurge Scentless Chamomile Hound’s-Tongue Field Scabious Marsh Plume Thistle Oxeye Daisy Common Tansy
  • 123. Barge Loadout and Marine Safety Plan No. BLMS 00 Revision Date 2013-10-28 Page BLMS-1 Swamp Point North Aggregates Project SIGNATURE DATE PREPARED BY: D. Makepeace __________________ Oct.25, 2013 REVIEWED BY: V. Bryant __________________ Oct.28, 2013 APPROVED BY: V. Bryant __________________ Oct.28, 2013 APPROVED BY: __________________ _______________ ISSUE / REVISION INDEX Issue Revision Code No. By Rev’d. App. RI 00 DM Revision Details Date 2013-10-28 Released for Information Issue Codes: RI = Released for Information, IM = Released for Implementation, RC = Released for Revision and Comment
  • 124. Barge Loadout and Marine Safety Plan No. BLMS 00 Revision Date 2013-10-28 Page BLMS-2 PREFACE This document forms part of the Environmental, Health and Safety Management System (EHSMS) for the Swamp Point North Aggregates Project. The EHSMS in its entirety provides the practices, procedures and resources that need to be implemented for effective management to ensure the project complies with legislated requirements and best practices throughout the life of the project. The EHSMS includes the following documents: EHSMS Framework - Document  that  provides  the  company’s  environmental,  health  and   safety policies, objectives, organization, responsibilities, resources, document management and review requirements for the EHS program. A - Occupational Health and Safety Plan B – Mine Emergency Response Plan C – Sediment and Erosion Control Plan D – Hazardous Materials Handling Plan E – Fuel Management and Spill Contingency Plan F – Water Management Plan G – Waste Management Plan H – Reclamation Plan I – Road Design J – Mine Development Plan K – Traffic Plan L – Invasive Species Management Plan M – Barge Loadout and Marine Safety Plan N – Chance Find Procedure O – Wildlife Management Plan
  • 125. Barge Loadout and Marine Safety Plan No. BLMS 00 Revision Date 2013-10-28 Page BLMS-3 Barge Loadout The Barge Load-out has been designed by others in consultation with Highbank. The facility will consist of a shore located hopper into which the material will be placed by front-end loader. From the hopper the conveyor will run over water for 69 metres to the discharge point which will dump through a retractable, flexible chute. The conveyor will be covered with hemispherical covers to prevent dust losses and have a solid apron to collect any spillage. Any accumulated spillage will be reclaimed onto the conveyor, as required. The conveyor system will be equipped with an emergency trip cord and guarded in accordance with the latest safety regulations. Barges of up to 5,000 tonne capacity will be positioned alongside five strategically placed mooring dolphins using tugs and at a sufficient depth to accommodate all tidal fluctuations. Empty barges will be positioned at the same time as the loaded barges are removed for transportation. Barges to be loaded will be winched between four dolphins during loading to ensure uniform distribution of the product. Barge loading and unloading will not proceed if weather conditions preclude safe operations. Highbank and contract personnel will be trained in all aspects of docking procedures for loading gravel. The barge load-out area will be provisioned with life buoys, crew flotation vests, life preserver rings, poles and ropes for rescuing anyone who is working near water and be in compliance with Part 3.3.3 of the HSRC. Spill kits will also be provided. A separate landing ramp, associated with the Barge Load-out facility, will be constructed immediately to the south of the conveyor system to provide access for supply ramp barges and landing craft. Fuel (diesel) and fluids will be transported by licensed operators who will comply with all applicable Provincial and Federal fuel handling legislation and procedures for offloading vessels at site. Fuel, lubricants, hydraulic fluids, food and water for the camp and all supplies will be delivered mainly by boat transportation from Stewart or Prince Rupert, to the landing ramp location. “Hot  shot”  and  other  urgent  deliveries  may  be  transported  by  floatplane. Marine Safety The route along Portland Canal to Swamp Point is relatively simple and navigation is considered easy, with little or no outlaying of navigational hazards. The route offers deep water for its entire length with navigable widths of approximately 1.0 nm. The estimated frequency of ships along the Portland Canal passage to Stewart is currently between 30 and 35 ships per year. Although there are few, if any, navigational aids, the coastline is rocky and steep producing an excellent radar return which provides a clear depiction of the vessels relative position in regard to the surrounding coastline.
  • 126. Barge Loadout and Marine Safety Plan No. BLMS 00 Revision Date 2013-10-28 Page BLMS-4 Upon approach to the Swamp Point site, the barges will be tug assisted and speed will be reduced to berthing speed of approximately 3 knots. The landing ramp is located inside the barge loading dolphins and near the Swamp Point alluvial fan. Vessels will only use the landing ramp when wind, current and wave conditions allow for safe entry and exit to the site. All vessels will be under the control of an experienced skipper for each type of vessel (e.g. tug and barge, landing craft, fuel barge) during arrival and departure.
  • 127. Chance Find Procedure No. 00 CFP Revision Date Page 2013-10-28 CFP-1 Swamp Point North Aggregates Project SIGNATURE DATE PREPARED BY: J. Hill __________________ Oct.25, 2013 REVIEWED BY: V. Bryant __________________ Oct.28, 2013 APPROVED BY: V. Bryant __________________ Oct.28, 2013 APPROVED BY: __________________ _______________ ISSUE / REVISION INDEX Issue Code No. RI 00 By JH Revision Rev’d. App. Revision Details Date 2013-10-28 Released for Information Issue Codes: RI = Released for Information, IM = Released for Implementation, RC = Released for Revision and Comment
  • 128. Chance Find Procedure CFP No. 00 Revision Date Page 2013-10-28 CFP-2 PREFACE This document forms part of the Environmental, Health and Safety Management System (EHSMS) for the Swamp Point North Aggregates Project. The EHSMS in its entirety provides the practices, procedures and resources that need to be implemented for effective management to ensure the project complies with legislated requirements and best practices throughout the life of the project. The EHSMS includes the following documents: EHSMS Framework - Document  that  provides  the  company’s  environmental,  health  and   safety policies, objectives, organization, responsibilities, resources, document management and review requirements for the EHS program. A - Occupational Health and Safety Plan B – Mine Emergency Response Plan C – Sediment and Erosion Control Plan D – Hazardous Materials Handling Plan E – Fuel Management and Spill Contingency Plan F – Water Management Plan G – Waste Management Plan H – Reclamation Plan I – Road Design J – Mine Development Plan K – Traffic Plan L – Invasive Species Management Plan M – Barge Loadout and Marine Safety Plan N – Chance Find Procedure O – Wildlife Management Plan
  • 129. Chance Find Procedure CFP No. 00 Revision Date Page 2013-10-28 CFP-3 Archaeological and Heritage Resources Background The  project  area  lies  within  the  traditional  territory  of  the  Nisga’a  and  Metlakatla  First  Nations. An archaeological Preliminary Field Reconnaissance was completed in July 2013 by Kleanza Consulting Ltd. The July 26th site visit was conducted by Stephanie Huddlestan (Kleanza, Field Director) with the following representatives including Colleen Wesley (Metlakatla representative),  Anthony  Moore  (Nisga’a  representative),  Gary  Musil  (Highbank Resources) and Jim Place (Highbank Resources). No archaeological materials, features or areas of archaeological potential were observed during the Preliminary Field Reconnaissance and the site was deemed to have low archaeological potential. No further surveys or monitoring were recommended; however, the Licence of Occupation requires a chance find procedure. Chance Find Procedure 1. Recognition of archaeological features The highest likelihood of a chance find is during initial clearing for construction, and subsequent clearing, as the project footprint expands. Potential finds in this area include: o Culturally modified trees (see example photo below). o Archaeological sites from raised shorelines (e.g. artifacts such as tools, accumulations of shells/bones, ground depressions, trails, rock art sites; see examples below). Example of a culturally modified tree
  • 130. Chance Find Procedure CFP No. 00 Revision Date Page 2013-10-28 CFP-4 Example of shell midden 2. If a potential archaeological site is found: a. Stop work in that area. b. Cordon off area with flagging and advise all other equipment operators to avoid this area. c. Notify mine manager. d. Contact BC Archaeology Branch, (250) 953-3334. 3. Work can ONLY continue in this area once approval has been received from the BC Archaeology Branch.
  • 131. Wildlife Management Plan No. 00 WMP Revision Date Page 2013-10-28 WMP-1 Swamp Point North Aggregates Project SIGNATURE DATE PREPARED BY: J. Hill __________________ Oct.25, 2013 REVIEWED BY: V. Bryant __________________ Oct.28, 2013 APPROVED BY: V. Bryant __________________ Oct.28, 2013 APPROVED BY: __________________ _______________ ISSUE / REVISION INDEX Issue Code No. RI 00 By JH Revision Rev’d. App. Revision Details Date 2013-10-28 Released for Information Issue Codes: RI = Released for Information, IM = Released for Implementation, RC = Released for Revision and Comment
  • 132. Wildlife Management Plan WMP No. 00 Revision Date Page 2013-10-28 WMP-2 PREFACE This document forms part of the Environmental, Health and Safety Management System (EHSMS) for the Swamp Point North Aggregates Project. The EHSMS in its entirety provides the practices, procedures and resources that need to be implemented for effective management to ensure the project complies with legislated requirements and best practices throughout the life of the project. The EHSMS includes the following documents: EHSMS Framework - Document  that  provides  the  company’s  environmental,  health  and   safety policies, objectives, organization, responsibilities, resources, document management and review requirements for the EHS program. A - Occupational Health and Safety Plan B – Mine Emergency Response Plan C – Sediment and Erosion Control Plan D – Hazardous Materials Handling Plan E – Fuel Management and Spill Contingency Plan F – Water Management Plan G – Waste Management Plan H – Reclamation Plan I – Road Design J – Mine Development Plan K – Traffic Plan L – Invasive Species Management Plan M – Barge Loadout and Marine Safety Plan N – Chance Find Procedure O – Wildlife Management Plan
  • 133. Wildlife Management Plan WMP No. 00 Revision Date Page 2013-10-28 WMP-3 The following wildlife management plan was prepared by Gartner Lee during the 2007 baseline environmental studies and impact assessment for what was a larger proposed operation. The measures outlined in this plan remain applicable to a smaller operation at this site. Introduction The Wildlife Protection Plan (WPP) is intended as an operational document, designed for use during the construction, operation and closure phases of the mine. Use of the WPP will mitigate potential project-related effects on wildlife and their habitats. The Plan, outlined here, is to be composed of a series of Notices/Posters that can be distributed and posted on-site, providing personnel working on-site with information on how to best protect wildlife and their habitat within the project area. Workers and contractors using the site will be provided with on-site and pre-work training sessions regarding the information contained in the Notices. It is the intent that the WPP be periodically reviewed and updated as required. Violations of the recommendations and policies outlined in the WPP are considered serious issues and infractions will be dealt with through a range of options from education (for less serious offences) through to dismissal (for serious offences). General Wildlife Protection Measures Mitigation measures for wildlife and wildlife habitat are aimed at minimizing project effects on these values using a variety of techniques. Within the mitigation measures are requirements to provide information and guidance to workers and contractors working at the project site to ensure that wildlife and wildlife habitats are not injured or damaged. The following sample Notice outlines information to provide workers and contractors with information on General Wildlife Protection Measures and will include a map outlining specific areas of interest. These measures are aimed at reducing conflicts with wildlife and important wildlife habitats in the vicinity of the mine site and during travel to/from the project. Other General Wildlife Protection Measures may be created in the future as issues are identified that require mitigation (e.g., finding additional nest sites of bird species at risk).
  • 134. Wildlife Management Plan WMP No. 00 Revision Date Page 2013-10-28 WMP-4 GENERAL WILDLIFE PROTECTION MEASURES The following general restrictions for workers and contractors that are working on or near the Project site are provided to minimize the potential negative effects on Wildlife and Wildlife Habitat in the area. Project workers or contractors that violate any of these restrictions will be subject to disciplinary actions. Firearms are not permitted at the project site. This includes the carrying of firearms in private boats to and from the project site. Feeding wildlife is prohibited at all times on or in the vicinity of the project site, including during boat travel to and from the site. Harassment of wildlife is prohibited at all times on or in the vicinity of the project site, including during boat or air travel to and from the site. A potential eagle-nesting site is off-limits to personnel to protect that site. The deliberate destruction or disruption of nests, eggs, dens, burrows, and the like, is prohibited at all times on or in the vicinity of the project site. Hunting and fishing is prohibited at all times on or in the vicinity of the project site, including Donahue Creek and the offshore areas surrounding the site. Pets are prohibited at all times on or in the vicinity of the Swamp Point site, including during boat travel to and from the site. Maximum speed limit on all access roads is 30 km/h. Traffic (including ATVs and snowmobiles) is restricted to designated access roads. No ATV use is allowed in the vicinity of Donahue Creek or its Estuary. Please report incidents of unauthorized activities on or in the vicinity of the project site to the Mine Manager or designate. Please contact the Mine Manager or their designate if you have any questions regarding this Notice. Garbage Management & Bear Safety Measures Garbage management and ensuring that bears and   other   wildlife   do   not   become   “Problem   Wildlife” are key issues requiring mitigation within the project. Mitigation measures regarding garbage management and bear safety require that workers and consultants working at the project site be  aware  of  the  potential  for  creation  of  “Problem  Wildlife.”   The following sample Notice outlines some guidelines and policies that would be put in place at project to address those issues and will include a map outlining specific areas of interest. Additional measures may be outlined and provided to workers and consultants if they arise.
  • 135. Wildlife Management Plan WMP No. 00 Revision Date Page 2013-10-28 WMP-5 GARBAGE MANAGEMENT AND BEAR SAFETY MEASURES The following recommendations and policies are aimed at ensuring that bears and other wildlife in the vicinity of the project site   do   not   become   “Problem   Wildlife” and have to be destroyed owing to human activities in the area. Littering is prohibited on and in the vicinity of the project site. All food-related garbage including lunch bags must be placed in Bear-Proof garbage containers available on-site. Note that this includes organic wastes such as orange peels and apple cores. All food wastes will be disposed of and shipped off-site to an approved landfill. Report improperly disposed of garbage—particularly food wastes—to the Mine Manager or their designate as soon as possible. Be 'Bear Aware'. All workers and contractors must have received a Bear Aware / Bear Safety orientation prior to starting work on-site. The Donahue Creek Estuary and lower Donahue Creek area is off-limits to project personnel and contractors unless conducting required work for the Mine. Immediately notify the Mine Manager or their designate of any problem wildlife issue such as animals entering camp buildings, feeding on food wastes or showing aggressive behaviours. Do not attempt to deal with a problem bear or bear safety issue on your own. Report All bear sightings or sightings of injured wildlife to the Mine Manager or their designate as soon as possible. The Mine Manager or their designate will initiate appropriate actions related to a problem bear or bear safety concern. Only authorized personnel or those trained in their use are permitted to use non-lethal measures such as bear spray or rubber bullets on problem bears. Please contact the Mine Manager or their designate if you have any questions regarding this Notice.
  • 136. Appendix 4 Notice of Work Application Form
  • 137. Sand and Gravel/Quarry Operation Notice of Work and Reclamation Program Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources Minin Division The information on this form and any supporting documents are subject to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. The information requested on this form is collected and used for the purpose of administering the Mines Act of British Columbia and the Health, Safety and Reclamation Code for Mines in British Columbia The Mines Act authorises the collection of the requested information on this form. The completed form is routinely available to the public. Questions about how the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act applies to the information collected on this form can be directed to the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner—phone: (250) 387-5629; fax: (250) 387-1696; mailing address: PO Box 9038 Stn. Prov. Govt. Victoria, British Columbia, V8W 9A4 Application is for: Sand and Gravel Mine Rock Quarry This application is for (check one): Development Amendment to existing permit Permit # ___________ Application is being made by: Owner (Private property) Operator/Agent (Person or company making application on Crown land or on private property not owned by applicant) Name Vic Bryant, President E-mail Address: Company (if applicable) Highbank Resources Ltd. Address 600 - 625 Howe Street City Vancouver Province BC ___ Postal Code VNBryant1@shaw.ca Bus. Phone ( 604 ) Fax ( 604 ) V6C 2T6 683-6648 683-1350 LOCATION INFORMATION - Maps are mandatory under Schedule A Name of Mine (What will the operation be called when in production?): Swamp Point North ________ Legal Description of Property: All that unsurveyed Crown Land in the vicinity of Swamp Point, Portland Canal, together with the surface  of  that  part  of  District  Lot  2024,  being  “Never  Sweat”  mineral claim, Cassiar District, containing 51.0 hectares, more or less Street Address of Property, if applicable: Access route from nearest town to property: Via float plane, helicopter or boat on the East side of Portland Canal approximately 125 km north of Prince Rupert or approximately 50 km south of Stewart, BC B.C. Geographic System Map Sheet Number(s) [i.e. TRIM 093L.006] 103O.050 Northing: 6148124/8724 Easting: 433495/433600 UTM Zone: 9 or NTS Map Sheet Number(s) [i.e. NTS 093L/14E]: 103P/5 Latitude: ___55___o/___29___’/___00___” Longitude: __130____o/____02_’/___50__” OWNERSHIP (Complete a, b or c if the land is not privately held by applicant) a) Proposed mine is on private land: Name of property owner Address City Bus. Phone ( ) Province ___ Postal Code Fax ( ) Signature of owner agreeing to the mining operation proposed in this application (or attach letter of authorization signed by owner): Name: Date: b) Proposed mine is on Crown land: Assets and Lands Corporation (BCAL) file reference number: 6406804 License of Occupation/Lease number: 636317 Expiry date of License/Lease (y/m/d): 2017/03/05 c) Proposed mine is a mineral quarry (as defined under the Mineral Tenure Act): What mineral is proposed to be mined? N/A Mineral Claim/Lease Tenure Number(s): - MANAGEMENT Correspondence regarding this application should be sent to: Owner or Operator/Agent The mine manager (Mines Act Sections 21 and 22) responsible for management and operation of the mine will be: Name: Stan Spletzer Bus. Phone: ( 250 ) 2 845-0012 Revised: 06/24/03
  • 138. Sand and Gravel/Quarry Operation Notice of Work and Reclamation Program Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources Minin Division LAND USE 1) Cultural Heritage Resources (A cultural heritage resource is  defined  as  “an  object,  a  site  or  the  location  of  a  traditional   societal practice that is of historical, cultural or archaeological significance to British  Columbia,  a  community  or  an  aboriginal  people”.     B.C. law requires the conservation of these resources. It is the responsibility of the applicant to identify these resources. Are you aware of any cultural heritage resources present on the property? Yes - please attach a plan for the conservation of cultural heritage resources on the property No - if cultural heritage resources are discovered while mining, you are required to report them to the Mining Division. 2) Soil Conservation Average depth of overburden (material, including topsoil, overlying sand, gravel and/or rock): Average depth of topsoil (Surface to maximum rooting depth of plants, plus 15 cm.): cm, or 1.5 m cm, or 0.25 m Measures to stabilize soil/overburden stockpiles and control noxious weeds: Contour and grade soil / overburden stockpile, seed with a certified native seed mix to prevent erosion. Only clean equipment will be brought to site to prevent the distribution of noxious weeds. Topsoil must be conserved for reclamation of the mine site. Removal of topsoil from the site requires written approval of the Inspector 3) End Land Use Is the site within the Agricultural Land Reserve? No Yes - authorization for soil removal from the Land Reserve Commission and Regional District must be obtained. Provide permit application number if available: Is the site within the Forest Land Reserve? No Yes - authorization from the Land Reserve Commission must be obtained Is the site within a Tree Farm License? No Yes - state the TFL number: Name of TFL holder: Does the local government have a Soil Removal Bylaw? No Yes - please be aware that a Soil Removal Permit may be required by the local government Official Community Plan designation for the site is: The North Coast Land and Resource Management Plan includes scenic viewscape attributes for potential tourism, but no notes on land designation or development for the project site. Current land use zoning for the site is: Proposed end land use is: Forestry Wildlife habitat and potentially forestry use 4) Reclamation of Site (If space provided below is insufficient, please attach separate sheet describing proposed reclamation) Reclamation measures and schedule proposed to achieve end land use objectives as per part 10.7.4 and 10.7.5 of the Health Safety and Reclamation Code for Mines in British Columbia (hereafter referred to as the Code): Propose to excavate soil material and overburden over the gravel deposit. This material will be stockpiled off the mining area, contoured and seeded with a certified native seed mix. After mining, steep slopes will be recontoured, soil and overburden will be spread and seeded with a certified (also ensures no weeds) native seed mix. If backfilling of pits or pit slopes is proposed in the final configuration for reclamation, provide details of materials to be used and placement procedure: No backfilling of pits is proposed. 3 Revised: 06/24/03
  • 139. Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources Sand and Gravel/Quarry Operation Notice of Work and Reclamation Program Minin Division MINE DEVELOPMENT PLAN (Maps are mandatory - please refer to Schedule A) Unless otherwise required by the Inspector, complete the following mine development plan and prepare development maps and cross sections based on a period of 5 years or less. Mines operating for longer than 5 years, may be required to file updated Notices of Work every 5 years over the life of the mine at the discretion of the District Inspector. Proposed start date (y/m/d): ___2014/04/01____________ Proposed finish date (y/m/d): ____2018/12/01__________ The mining operation will generally be (check one) Continuous (operates throughout the year) Seasonal, usually operates from ___April_____ to _November___ Intermittent (occasionally operates with extended periods of inactivity) Estimate total mineable reserves over the life of the mine: 1,175,000 t, or 542,000 m3 over 5 years Estimated annual extraction from site: 235,000 tonnes/yr, or _108,000__m3/yr. Application must be made to the Environmental Assessment Office if estimated extraction for sand/gravel production is 500,000 tonnes/yr. or 1,000,000 tonnes over 4 years; or if estimated extraction is 250,000 tonnes/yr. for quarried product. Mineral quarries producing more than 1000 tonnes per year per claim require a mining lease. Description of Work (Check appropriate boxes): Excavation of Pit Run Washing - please complete Schedule B Crushing Blasting - please complete Schedule C Mechanical Screening Timber Clearing * - estimate volume of timber: ~ 1200 m3 (2nd growth) * Timber Clearing on Crown Land requires a Free Use Permit or License to Cut from the Ministry of Forests Provide a brief description of operation, including proposed work schedule (i.e. hours, days of usual operation): Excavate soil / overburden and temporarily stockpile it for future reclamation. Excavate sand / gravel by excavator. Truck material to crushing, screening and wash plant. Truck product to barge loadout and, using gravel trucks, direct load product onto the barge for shipping. Operating hours from 7am to 6pm daily – shift rotation. Employees / contractors will stay at the renovated camp site while on shift. Equipment List: (Please attach separate list if space provided below is insufficient) Type of Machine Make/Model Excavator Dozer Front End Loader Gravel Trucks Crushing/screening/wash plant Size/Capacity # on Site 1 1 2 3 1 D9/D10 35/40 t Surface Disturbance - Information provided must be documented in development maps submitted under Schedule A (Note that 10,000 m2 = 1 hectare) Existing Disturbance (Work areas, unreclaimed areas, access roads, etc.) Proposed Mining Disturbance (New work areas, settling ponds, access roads, buildings, etc. to be developed within the time frame of this Notice of Work) ____ m2, or _____1.1_____ hectares ______ m2, or _____5.5____ hectares ______ m2, or _____6.6____ hectares Total Disturbed Area (Existing + Proposed Disturbance) Will any portion of this disturbance be reclaimed within the time frame of this Notice of Work? No Yes - state size of area to be reclaimed: Estimated Cost of Reclamation: Applicant Mining Division 4 $ $ 75,000 Revised: 06/24/03 m2, or hectares
  • 140. Sand and Gravel/Quarry Operation Notice of Work and Reclamation Program Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources Minin Division Are settling ponds or other structures proposed to control sedimentation in surface run off? No Yes - please complete Schedule B What is the average depth to the high groundwater table at the proposed excavation? 30 m Elevation of the groundwater table was determined from (check applicable boxes): Existing area wells Test wells drilled for this purpose Test pits Other (describe) Observations and drill hole data Describe measures proposed to protect groundwater quantity and quality from potential impacts of the proposed mining activity (i.e. fuel management program, buffer above water table, etc.): A minimum of 1-m layer of aggregates will be left over bedrock to help preserve groundwater flows and minimize bedrock exposure. Fuel will be stored in double wall tanks within a containment trough / berm that will contain 120% of the tank volume. Note that excavations below the groundwater table may require special approval from the Inspector Will fuel/lubricants be stored on site? No Yes If  yes,  handling,  transportation  and  storage  must  adhere  to  B.C.  Environment  standards  as  detailed  in  “Summary  of   Environmental Standards and Guidelines for Fuel Handling, Transportation and Storage, 2nd edition” Shortest distance between proposed excavation to nearest residence: m, or 50 km Shortest distance between proposed excavation to nearest residential water source: m, or 0.3 km (* to camp well) Describe measures proposed to prevent inadvertent access of unauthorized persons on the mine site (i.e. fencing, vegetative barriers, berms, etc.): The mine site is only accessible by sea or helicopter. The site will have signage at the barge landing and security personnel on site during operations. During shut down any equipment on site will be locked out and the site left in a safe condition. Are measures proposed to minimize noise impacts of the operation? (i.e. equipment selection, restrictions on hours of operation, noise barriers, etc.) No Yes - Please describe: Tree buffer preserved and maintained adjacent to the foreshore except around landing area. No residences in the area. Pit area is 300 m from the camp and operated 12 hrs per day. Are measures proposed to minimize dust impacts of the proposed operation? (i.e. apply dust suppressants, water sprays, wind breaks, vegetation, etc.) No Yes - Please describe: Dust will be visually monitored and water sprays used as required at dust generating areas. A tree buffer / wind break will be maintained around the pit area. Are measures proposed to minimize visual impacts of the proposed operation? (i.e. vegetative barriers, berms, green belts, etc.) No Yes - Please describe: Tree buffer vegetative barrier will be maintained along shoreline. The mining area of disturbance will be minimized. OCCUPATIONAL FIRST AID First Aid Supplies and communication at the mine site are required as per Parts 3.6.1 to 3.6.3 of the Code. Describe the means of communication from the mine site: Satellite phone and radio Location of nearest hospital: Stewart, BC Travel time to hospital: 60 min by boat Estimated number of employees on site (includes contractors): 10 Describe First Aid Level and supplies First Aid Trailer on site with a minimum Level 1 first aid kit and ETV equipment; and Emergency Transport Vehicle I, Vic Bryant , hereby make application to undertake the mining activities described in this Notice, and in accordance with the Mines Act and the Health, Safety and Reclamation Code for Mines in British Columbia. Applicant Signature: Date: 5 29/10/2013 Revised: 06/24/03
  • 141. Schedule A Maps and Cross Sections Applications will be returned if not accompanied by legible and suitable maps Schedule A1 (compulsory): Location map (1:50,000 scale) Indicate the location of the property with respect to local communities Schedule A2 (compulsory): Local Features map (1:20,000 scale - TRIM map) Map should show topography, water courses, existing access and/or proposed new or upgraded access, the location of proposed mining area, and location (if known) of historical/cultural resources. If applicable, locate the boundaries of Forest Land Reserves and Agricultural Land Reserves on the map. Schedule A3 (compulsory): Land Title map The subject parcel and adjacent properties must be clearly identified and the following items detailed: location of all structures and wells within 300 metres of proposed mining area identify current land uses on adjoining properties (i.e. forested, chicken farm, etc.) Schedule A4: Mineral Tenure map (at scale maintained by Mineral Titles Branch for subject area) Mineral Tenure map(s) are required if quarrying a mineral (as defined under the Mineral Tenure Act) Schedule A5: Terrain/geology and Terrain Stability Map (1:20,000 scale) Terrain map(s) are required: for excavations on slopes greater than 50%, and/or for excavations in areas with a stability rating of Class IV or V; or if requested by the Inspector The  Inspector  may  require  a  “Detailed  Terrain  Stability  Assessment”  and/or  a  “Soil  Erosion  Hazard  Assessment”. Schedule A6 (compulsory): Mine Development Plan at 1:5,000 or more detailed scale The District Inspector may require a mine plan to be prepared by a suitable qualified P.Eng/Geol based on a topographical site survey, terrain stability and erosion hazard assessments. All plans and sections must indicate the scale and orientation of the drawing (please refer to attached sample) 1) Plan View of Proposed Development Must illustrate the location of: Property boundaries and set back of excavation from property boundary Watercourses and drainages (wet, dry or intermittent) on the property and within 150 metres of its boundaries All previous surface workings, the final boundaries of proposed excavation, and boundaries of excavation at the end of development described in Notice of Work (please specify on drawing) Access roads, including development roads within the pit and access to public road(s) All proposed and existing stockpiles (i.e. topsoil, overburden, product, etc.) Where applicable, show location of: All settling ponds (for both surface run off and process water) and source of process water Buildings and other facilities (i.e. fuel/lubricant storage, sanitary facilities, weigh scale, etc.) sediment control structures and the location of any point discharges from the property Fencing, berms, and/or vegetative buffers 1) Cross Sections of Proposed Development At least two cross sections, orientated perpendicular to each other, must be provided The location of cross sections must be shown on the plan view map(s). Cross sections must illustrate: The original land surface and, if applicable, the groundwater table elevation Typical configuration during mining, indicating angle of slope and, where applicable, bench locations Proposed configuration on completion of reclamation 6 Revised: 06/24/03