A branch of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development is commissioning a study on potential oil and gas production on First Nations lands in Western Canada.
The winning contractors will fan out across British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan to find future production sites on land belonging to nearly 60 First Nations where no drilling currently takes place.
The study is necessary because new reserve lands have been granted to First Nations and advances in technology such as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, have been made since the last time the federal government collected this kind of data, said Kelsy Uhryn, acting general manager of production division at Indian Oil and Gas, a branch of AAND.
“It is something that we do routinely for First Nations with oil and gas production, not so often for First Nation that don’t have production,” said Uhryn, speaking from Indian Oil and Gas’ offices in Calgary. “So this study is focusing on those that don’t have oil and gas production – that only have potential, and it was time for an update.” Read the Rest from iPolitics Here