The following Crown dispositions are available in Saskatchewan outside of Crown Land Sale by application through the Integrated Resource Information System (IRIS). For terms and conditions associated with each of these non-advertised dispositions, see The Oil and Gas Tenure Registry Regulations.
The Minister of Energy and Resources may lease interests in oil and gas rights in any area of less than 16 hectares that are required to complete a drainage unit.
- The applicant must show they have an agreement in place with the freehold mineral rights owners in the remainder of the drainage unit.
- A sale price for the Crown oil and gas rights is determined by negotiation.
- The lease issued is a standard Crown lease, and may include any additional terms and conditions that the Minister considers appropriate.
Negotiated Substance (an amendment to an existing disposition)
When the Crown holds 100% of all petroleum and natural gas rights, and there is an existing disposition in place for one substance (petroleum-only, or natural gas-only), the disposition holder may apply to negotiate for the remaining Crown Rights. The original disposition must be surrendered before the new disposition is issued, which includes both the Petroleum and Natural Gas Rights.
Lease of Space Agreements
'Spaces' means the spaces occupied or formerly occupied by a Crown Mineral. All spaces are the property of the Crown. Typically, lease of space agreements are issued for disposal/injection of fluids (e.g. produced water, wastes, etc.) or storage of natural gas or other substances (e.g. liquefied petroleum gases, natural gas liquids, etc.) in undisposed Crown Lands.
Helium and Associated Gases Permits and Leases
- Helium permits: Designed to encourage exploration, these permits grant the rights to explore for helium and associated gases, but not to remove, produce or recover them until a lease is granted.
- Helium leases: Provide the right to explore for and produce helium and associated gases.