2017 Harvest

2017 Harvest

Monday, October 11, 2010

B.C. Oil and Gas Commission touts its new legislation

British Columbians now have a new Oil and Gas Activities Act, designed to streamline and expedite the regulatory process required for oil and gas projects in the province.  The Oil and Gas Commission (OGC) says about the Act:
The Oil and Gas Activities Act (OGAA) reflects a shift toward the future of oil and gas activity in British Columbia. Technological advances, interest in unconventional gas, and increased social and environmental expectations are driving the industry forward. In response, the province developed a new regulatory framework. A process that started with extensive consultations with communities, landowners, First Nations, environmental groups and industry ended with streamlined, enhanced legislation reflecting the needs of the people, environment, industry and government.   
In governmental newspeak, the new Act sounds like a way to speed up the approval of new energy projects in B.C. The OGC's primer on the new Act is available at: OGAA Primer.  The Act as it looked when it passed third reading in the Legislature is available at: 2008 Act.  I will post a link to the final version of the Act when it becomes available on the web.