Learn more about Doyon agreement with Hilcorp for Exploration
• June 2020: A passive aerial gravity survey of Yukon Flats was completed in early June 2020. It will take some time for Hilcorp Alaska to analyze the data. The next phase of the project includes the opportunity to continue with additional activities, such as on-the-ground work.
• May 9, 2020: On May 9, Hilcorp, under an agreement with Doyon, Limited, began conducting its initial airborne survey in the Yukon Flats subregion. The survey is expected to take 20 to 30 days in total to complete; analyzing the survey results is expected to take an additional six to eight weeks minimum. Learn more.
• April 9, 2020: The aerial survey will take early May 2020. Uqaqti Consulting, Hilcorp, and Doyon staff are meeting with the village corporations and village councils to share more information on the survey. This is a passive survey that does not emit energy so there is no impact on animals, land, or people. Data from the survey will be analyzed until the fall time period. Please contact Uqaqti Consulting or Doyon for more information. Continue to visit this website for updates on the project. Learn more.
• Doyon has long been interested in oil and gas potential in the region–beginning when we first selected our lands.
• Doyon signed a series of land selection coordination agreements with villages in the region, which resulted in more lands selected in the Yukon Flats than Doyon and our sister village corporations would have received.
• The Doyon and Hilcorp agreement is for oil and gas exploration of Doyon’s surface and subsurface lands in the Yukon Flats subregion.
• The agreement with Hilcorp includes an initial airborne gravity survey of the region, followed by the opportunity for further exploration in the form of seismic and drilling programs.
Information Handout: Handout on exploration project with Hilcorp
Press Release: Doyon announces agreement with Hilcorp
Fact Sheet: Doyon and Hilcorp agreement fact sheet
Hilcorp Fact Sheet Hilcorp Alaska fact sheet
Newsletter Article: Doyon newsletter article about agreement
Hilcorp Website: Website for Hilcorp Alaska
Doyon’s interest in oil and gas potential in the subregion was highlighted beginning with the selection of ANCSA lands. In 1974, only two years after its incorporation, Doyon signed a series of land selection agreements among Beaver, Fort Yukon, Chalkyitsik, Circle, and Birch Creek village corporations in order to maximize Native-owned lands selections. These agreements resulted in 400,000 extra acres of ANCSA lands in the Yukon Flats. These agreements were signed for potential oil and gas opportunities, and to provide additional Native land for traditional activities.
Land Selections to Maximize Ownership in the Yukon Flats
There were various land selections that required villages to make independent decisions and some requiring collective agreement. These agreements occurred in the mid 1970s for land maximization in the Yukon Flats subregion. Beaver, Fort Yukon, Chalkyitsik, Circle and Birch Creek signed on to coordinate ANCSA land selections with Doyon. Learn more about the land selections HERE.
Exploration History in the Yukon Flats
• Texaco exploration on Federal land, not on Doyon lands (2D seismic)
• Exxon-Amoco exploration on Doyon and Federal lands (2D seismic)
• Doyon land trade efforts with USFWS
2010 – Present:
• Doyon seismic exploration near Stevens Village (2D and 3D seismic)
• Doyon airborne geophysical and lake bed geochemical programs near Stevens Village, Beaver, and Birch Creek
Doyon visited Birch Creek, Fort Yukon, Beaver, and Stevens Village communities to introduce the project, share information, answer questions, and hear comments and concerns. Doyon will also be visiting several more communities in Spring 2020. Doyon is committed to continued outreach for this project, especially in the Yukon Flats subregion.
Hilcorp will be conducting an initial airborne survey in the Yukon Flats subregion to determine the viability of future oil exploration near Birch Creek, Fort Yukon, Beaver, and Stevens Village. The agreement is designed to provide maximum economic benefits to the area. Unlike Doyon’s previous exploration efforts in the Nenana/Minto basin, Doyon will not be the operator nor is Doyon an investor in the program. Below are the first three initial phases of the project.
PHASE I: Airborne Gravity Surveys and Data Analysis (2020-2021) – Airborne survey of all Doyon surface and subsurface lands in the Yukon Flats. A grid will be flown covering more than the 1.6 million acres of Doyon land to better define opportunities through the measurement of subsurface rock properties. This phase has no ground activity and no land impacts. Areas of interest are near Birch Creek, Fort Yukon, Beaver, and Stevens Village. More information on the airborne gravity survey below.
PHASE II: Seismic Survey (2022-2023) – This phase is dependent upon the data gathered in the first phase to determine if seismic testing will be conducted in areas of interest.
PHASE III: Exploration Drilling – Pending the information gathered in the first two phases of the project will determine whether phase three takes place. Area of interest is near Birch Creek.
Short Term Impacts:
Limited economic and environmental impacts
Potential Long Term Impacts: Dependent upon airborne gravity survey results and decisions to continue exploration
Economic impact/Job opportunities
• Few opportunities for first two years during airborne phase
• Seismic and drilling programs may have seasonal jobs
• Discovery and development are year round employment opportunities
• Contractors are incentivized to recruit and hire locally for all phases of project
• Each phase of the program has different levels of Federal and State permits
• Cultural sites such as log cabin ruins, caches, cemeteries subsistence camps are avoided and protected
• All operations will follow best management practices to assure proper operating practices
AIRBORNE GRAVITY SURVEY
• A fixed-wing aircraft or helicopter flies in a grid pattern
• Collects data on subsurface
• Data collected is integrated with older seismic data and other information
• May help identify areas for new seismic
• No land impacts
For any questions, please contact:
Doyon, Limited Lands and Natural Resources
844-428-2245 (toll free)
Doyon, Limited External Affairs
1-888-478-4755 ext. 2092