Government of Yukon

FOR RELEASE     #10-225
December 17, 2010

Staking withdrawal extension to support Peel Watershed regional planning process

WHITEHORSE – The Government of Yukon will initiate the process to implement a one-year extension to the withdrawal from mineral staking in the Peel Watershed Region in order to provide certainty during the remaining steps in the region’s land use planning process.

“The proposed extension of the withdrawal will allow the Peel Commission to develop a Final Recommended Plan and enable the planning process to advance through the next stages in order to avoid further planning complexities,” Energy, Mines and Resources Minister Patrick Rouble said.

Pending formal approval, extension of the current staking withdrawal will apply to subsurface mineral staking administered under the Quartz Mining Act and Placer Mining Act until February 4, 2012. Additionally, rights for oil and gas, and coal will not be issued in the region during this period.

“The planned extension of the staking withdrawal does not pre-determine outcomes in the planning process,” Rouble said. “Current regulatory processes for access and exploration of existing sub-surface rights will continue to apply throughout the region.”

Provision of relief from assessment for existing claims within the region will be discussed with the planning parties prior to the February 4, 2011 extension of the staking withdrawal.

The Yukon government continues to follow the processes outlined in Chapter 11 of the First Nation Final Agreements as work continues on the Peel Watershed Regional Land Use Plan.

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Brianne Young
Cabinet Communications
Rod Jacob
Communications, Energy, Mines & Resources