This technical session is meant to provide a forum where parties can discuss their concerns regarding the applications directly with the proponent and its consultants. It is the Mackenzie Valley Land and Water Board’s (the Board) hope that such a discussion, as facilitated by Board staff, will increase each parties’ understanding of the issues as well as the perspectives of others. In our experience, technical sessions can be useful in reducing the number of outstanding issues between parties. Although it would be helpful if some issues are resolved during the session, there is no requirements to do so; Board staff will guide questions and discussions to ensure parties have sufficient information to submit evidence that the Board can use to establish eventual water licence and land use permit conditions. Discussions at the technical session may also reveal the need for further information request (IR) of the proponent or other parties. The work plan for this review process include time for parties to fulfill information requests, if required, prior to the deadline for public hearing interventions.
Please note that the technical session is not a public hearing and Board members and their legal counsel will not be participating. It is the Board’s wish that the technical session be as informal as possible in order to promote discussion. Final recommendations for the Water Licence and Land Use Permit should be made in the formal written interventions submitted to the Board prior to the public hearing.
The technical session will begin at 9:00 am Tuesday, July 16, 2019, and conclude at 5:00 pm Thursday, July 18, 20190. The session will be held in the Genesis Room of the Nunasi Building, 201 5109 48th Street, Yellowknife, NT.