Lithium in SK, Part 7: Dealing with an embarrassment of riches – sorting out the primacy of rights

Lithium in SK, Part 7: Dealing with an embarrassment of riches – sorting out the primacy of rights

Saskatchewan is facing a curious and perhaps perplexing dilemma. In addition to oil and gas, it is now seeing development of helium and soon lithium production, too. And in one area near Torquay, geothermal power production is also in development.
The issue then arises of who owns the rights to what. Oil and gas rights are one thing, but in recent years the province has been holding Crown land sales auctions for lithium, too. And helium’s lease rates are ridiculously low, at five cents per hectare, having been established in the 1960s and not changed since.
In many ways, it could be an embarrassment of riches. But then it can also lead to serious conflicts in ownership. That’s because some of these wells could see not just the targeted resource, but several others coming up from the very same wellbore.
This is something Pipeline Online is calling “primacy of rights.” Whose rights trump whom?

Lithium in SK: Part 7b: The rent’s due, and so is the LLR

Lithium in SK: Part 7b: The rent’s due, and so is the LLR

  NOTE: This is a sidebar to Lithium in SK, Part 7: Dealing with an embarrassment of riches – sorting out the primacy of rights. which you probably want to read first. Living Skies Lithium’s co-founder, technical and regulatory advisor Ed Dancsok brought another...

Lithium in SK, Part 6: Direct Lithium Extraction is the multi-billion dollar question

Lithium in SK, Part 6: Direct Lithium Extraction is the multi-billion dollar question

Back in 1903, someone was going to invent the airplane.
People were working on it in New Zealand, Brazil, France, Germany and America. It just happened to be that two brothers who had a bicycle shop in Dayton, Ohio, travelled to Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, and took off with the first airplane, the Wright Flyer.
But if they had not succeeded, one of the others almost certainly would have. It might have been 1904, or 1905, but powered flight was inevitable.
And that’s currently what’s happening in the world of lithium development from sedimentary brines.

Lithium in SK, Part 5: Prairie Lithium – Old wells or new wells?

Lithium in SK, Part 5: Prairie Lithium – Old wells or new wells?

TORQUAY – Prairie Lithium’s president and CEO Zach Maurer first thought of producing lithium from the produced water that comes from oil wells. But that idea has since evolved into the pursuit of drilling directly for the highest concentrations of lithium. Still, extracting lithium from oil well brines is a possibility, too.
Here’s how Maurer explained it in late September, 2021, while in a shack during the drilling of the first lithium well in Saskatchewan.

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