The Yukon government has accepted all 21 recommendations made by
a Select Committee of the Legislative Assembly Regarding the Rights
and Benefits of Hydraulic Fracturing. The Select Committee held
public hearings and accepted submissions to help the Yukon
Government develop a policy approach to hydraulic fracturing in the
The Select Committee's recommendations largely addressed the
need to gather more information about fracking and its impact in
the Yukon. For instance, it recommended that research be conducted
regarding fluid and gas leakage from hydraulic fracturing
operations specific to the unique permafrost conditions in the
Yukon. It also recommended more baseline data on seismic activity
be collected given that parts of the Yukon are seismically
The Yukon Government has announced that it is open to shale gas
development opportunities in the Yukon but only in the Liard Basin
at this time and only if such development has the support of
affected First Nations. The Laird Basin borders British Columbia
and the B.C. side of the play is considered a world class shale gas
deposit containing 176 trillion cubic meters of natural gas.
The Laird Basin is only about 1.3% of the Yukon's land mass,
and for now hydraulic fracturing is not being considered in the
Peel or Beaufort-Mackenzie Basins, both of which are thought to
have high potential for shale oil and gas reserves.
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