Prime Minister Jean Chretien invited Duncan to accompany him on the trade mission, along with other provincial and territorial leaders. The delegation will travel to Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong on February 9-18, 2001. During the trip, the Premier will be meeting Prime Minister Chretien and International Trade Minister Pierre Pettigrew to follow-up on recent discussions she had in Ottawa. Learn More: Enact Conveyancing Adelaide
Among the issues I will be discussing with Prime Minister are land claims, devolution, and the Alaska Highway natural gas pipeline project, During the trip Yukon College will be signing three agreements on student recruitment and training in English as a second language. The Federal Government pays the travel costs for the Yukon’s official delegation. Private sector delegates pay their own expenses, but will receive a $4500 contribution from the Yukon government.
The Yukon government has issued a geoscience exploration licence to Anderson Resources Ltd. allowing the company to conduct oil and gas seismic work in Eagle Plain. This activity will provide new jobs and business opportunities for Yukoners and contribute to the strengthening of Yukon’s economy. The seismic program will evaluate the two parcels of land where Anderson was awarded subsurface oil and gas rights in November 1999. Seismic operations are anticipated to begin by mid-February and last until spring break-up.
The cost of the seismic program represents a significant portion of the $20.4 million that Anderson may spend during the initial six-year term of their permits. It is estimated that up to 60 short term jobs will be created for Yukoners including those associated with the seismic work and from related activities such as air support, environmental/wildlife monitoring, equipment operation, trucking, catering and camp accommodation. The training, employment and business opportunities gained from this project will help prepare Yukoners for further oil and gas activities.
Training to provide certification for on-site work has been offered by Anderson in Old Crow and Mayo. The Yukon Oil and Gas Act requires a benefits agreement when planned activity is in excess of $ 1 million in any 12-month period. Anderson is looking forward to commencing its exploration program in the Eagle Plains area this winter, We understand that working in today’s North requires a new kind of partnership between industry and northern communities and we are committed to working with northerners to build this relationship.