Two companies involved in mineral exploration in Nunavut are hoping to reach an agreement with prosecutors.

Hope Bay Mining Ltd. and Orbit Garant Drilling Inc. are both charged with two counts under the Federal Fisheries Act. 

It's in connection with an incident alleged to have occurred in July 2011 at the Hope Bay gold project in Nunavut’s Kitikmeot region.

The two companies are said to have unlawfully deposited drilling brine fluid close to the shoreline of a lake near the Boston Camp outside of Cambridge Bay.

That fluid could enter the freshwater lake and damage fish habitat.

The second charge is the failure to report the discharge.

Representatives for both companies appeared in court in Iqaluit today.

The plan is to make a deal with prosecutors.

They will next appear in court on April 7.