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Tuesday, September 19, 2017
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Petroleum and Natural Gas Division

Doug MacKnight is the Assistant Deputy Minister, Petroleum and Natural Gas Division (PNG), with the Ministry of the Economy. He joined the Government of Saskatchewan in 1995 and has served in a variety of leadership roles related to the management of Saskatchewan’s mineral resources. His responsibilities have included the administration of Crown mineral rights, the implementation of land claim agreements, the development of the Mineral Administration Registry Saskatchewan (MARS) system and the introduction of new regulations related to the administration of potash dispositions.

Doug received his undergraduate degree in Biology and Chemistry from the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, New Brunswick, before completing his master’s degree in Natural Resource Management at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia. His graduate studies focused on public policy analysis and resource economics. He has received three Premier’s awards for excellence in public service for his work on various initiatives in recent years.

The Petroleum and Natural Gas division has responsibilities related to the regulation of the oil and gas industry, with focus on public safety, the environment and the conservation of Saskatchewan’s oil and gas resources.

Key functions of the division include:

  • Well and facility licensing
  • Field inspection and monitoring
  • Abandonment and reclamation
  • Reservoir management
  • Production reporting and compliance
  • Orphan Well Program
  • Licensee Liability Rating (LLR) Program
  • Pipeline licensing and inspection
  • Surface Rights Board of Arbitration


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