Energy, Mines and Resources

Oil and Gas Resources

Yukon’s Oil and Gas Resources is mandated to encourage the development of Yukon’s resource potential and emerging oil and gas industry; to manage Yukon’s oil and gas resources; and, to regulate oil and gas activity.

Our mandate supports the Energy Strategy for Yukon. The oil and gas component of this strategy is focused on how to best develop Yukon’s resources and also meet Yukon’s energy needs.


Latest News

Yukon and British Columbia Sign Partnership Agreement

February 12, 2014 - The Yukon government has entered into a services agreement with the British Columbia Oil and Gas Commission. The agreement includes the sharing of information such as guidelines and lessons learned; cooperating in the review and assessment of development programs; and, working collaboratively on common issues such as trans-boundary oil and gas basins and regulation development.


Yukon government approves land use plan for public lands in Peel Watershed region
January 21, 2014 - The Yukon government has adopted a land use plan as it applies to public lands within the Peel Watershed region. The Peel Watershed Regional Land Use Plan applies strictly to public lands which form over 97 percent of the region. The plan uses Protected Areas, Restricted Wilderness Use Areas and Integrated Management Areas to provide for an active management of lands and resources.


Fall 2014 Request for Postings
July 9, 2014
 - The Request for Postings (RFP) closed on July 9, 2014.  There were no expressions of interest from industry which concludes this disposition process.

The next RFP close is schedued for January 7, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time.

For additional information see Yukon's Oil and Gas Rights Disposition Process and Land Status Map.


Yukon’s Unconventional Oil and Gas Resources
The government has established a committee to review hydraulic fracturing before it is permitted in Yukon. For more information go to: Select Committee Regarding the Risks and Benefits of Hydraulic Fracturing.

For an informative video describing hydraulic fracturing, on the British Columbia Oil and Gas Commission website, click here.

While shale gas has not been explored for or produced in Yukon, future projects may consider shale gas reservoirs as potential targets. Find out more >>>