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November, 2018

ELM Inc. Decommissioning at the Port of Churchill

ELM Inc. is proud of successfully completing its part in the first phase of the decommissioning of pipelines at the Port of Churchill and Churchill Marine Tank Farm. Prior to its closure, the marine terminal had operated for over 50 years. Arctic Gateway Group purchased the railway, port and marine tank farm in Churchill this past September and is looking to revitalize both the port and the town of Churchill. The consortium includes Manitoba communities, First Nations, Toronto-based Fairfax Financial Holdings and Saskatchewan-based grains company, AGT Food and Ingredients.

In mid-November, after careful planning due to the difficult logistics of getting personnel and equipment into this isolated community, ELM mobilized to Churchill and began work to recover diesel, gasoline and jet fuel that had been sitting for a number of years in the pipelines that carried product between the tank farm and the wharf, as well as recovering products from the above and below ground pipelines within the tank farm itself. Over 15 days, the pipelines were successfully pigged, resulting in the recovery of 96,000 litres of fuel. This represents the mitigation of a significant environmental risk related to the port and its facilities and one more step in the Port’s plans for renewal. ELM looks forward to it’s continued participation in the next phase of the project, in summer 2019, which will involve further decommissioning of the site.

August, 2018

ELM Inc. has gained National Recognition

Through ELM’s Business Advisory Services, we recently contributed to the completion of the negotiation of one of the largest Impact Benefit Agreements (IBAs) related to a mine and a First Nation in Ontario; it is the largest such agreement in Canada. Our technical expertise in the area of environmental impact issues allowed us to prepare the necessary detailed technical reviews for the site and evaluate the possible impact to the local and downstream environment. When IBAs are predicated on technical reviews, they can be used to determine financial compensation, form the basis for performance bonds, as well as justify clauses to connect financial payments to unexpected environmental disturbance stemming from the proposed activities. The successful completion of this IBA and technical review of the project has positioned ELM as a leader in environmental impact studies and has already lead to additional contracts in this critical area. ELM staff have also assisted with the completion of IBAs for other First Nations pertaining to sectors including pipelines, contaminated sites, power corridors, and infrastructure upgrades among other topics.

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