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Oil and Gas Pre-Tenure Planning

The Ministry of Sustainable Resource Management supports and encourages responsible development of oil and gas resources across the province. In support of this, the Ministry is mandated to complete oil and gas pre-tenure plans in the Muskwa-Kechika Management Area in a manner that stimulates exploration and development consistent with the Muskwa-Kechika Management Area Act. This Act requires that an oil and gas pre-tenure be completed and approved by the Minister before new oil and gas tenures can be issued. For areas outside of the Muskwa-Kechika, the need for oil and gas pre-tenure planning may be identified through strategic land use plans.

Muskwa-Kechika Pre-Tenure Plans
An oil and gas pre-tenure plan has been developed for the Upper Sikanni area in the Muskwa-Kechika. This plan is referred to as the Upper Sikanni Management Plan and was approved in November 1995.

A second oil and gas pre-tenure plan for the Muskwa-Kechika, known as the Besa-Prophet Pre-Tenure Plan - Phase I, was approved (News Release) by Minister Hagen in September, 2002. Industry can now request that oil and gas tenures be posted for that area. Phase II of the Besa-Prophet Pre-Tenure Plan is targeted for completion by Spring 2003.

Oil and gas pre-tenure planning for another five areas within the Muskwa-Kechika began in the Spring 2002. Stakeholder workshops and First Nations' consultation are expected to take place in the Fall 2002 and in the Spring 2003. These five plans will be complete by March 2003. Two more plans will be completed by December 2003. For a map of the pre-tenure planning areas in the Muskwa-Kechika, click here (640K PDF).

Other Pre-Tenure Plans
The Dunlevy Creek Management Plan in the Dawson Creek Land and Resource Management Plan area was approved in January 2002. This plan guides oil and gas development and the disposition of petroleum and natural gas tenures and also enables landscape level planning to guide forest development in the plan area. For the purposes of oil and gas planning, the Dunlevy Creek Management Plan is considered a pre-tenure plan.


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