Dormant Sites

Under the Commission’s Comprehensive Liability Management Plan, a key focus is to speed up the rate at which inactive sites are returned to their pre-activity state. To achieve this, we are setting new timeline requirements to hold companies to account for timely cleanup. While many companies are actively restoring sites, the rate of restoration has not kept pace with development. Recent legislative changes enable the Commission to implement a Dormancy Regulation to address this, which sets hard timelines for restoration and imposes requirements for:

  • Decommissioning
  • Site Assessment
  • Remediation
  • Restoration

A well site is considered dormant if it does not meet a threshold of activity for five consecutive years (does not produce for at least 720 hours a year). The new Dormancy Regulation gives each site a prescribed timeline to complete restoration.

For more information, please see the Dormant Sites Manual. For a list of dormant sites in BC, please visit the live external report of Dormant Sites. 

Restoration Partnerships

The Commission has been partnering with First Nations to protect the environment and restore former oil and gas industry sites to their natural state: