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OIL AND GAS ACTIVITIES ACT (OGAA)
Regulates oil and gas and related activities in B.C., including wells, facilities, oil refineries, natural gas processing plants, pipelines and oil and gas roads, through permits, authorizations, orders and regulations.
- Section 48 adds manufacturing plants and petroleum refineries to the list of oil and gas activities regulated under the Oil and Gas Activities Act.
- Section 51 clarifies that neither the Burnaby Refinery (operated by Parkland Fuel Corporation) nor the Prince George refinery (operated by Husky Energy Inc.) are considered oil and gas activities until and unless a regulation of the Lieutenant Governor in Council changes this fact.
- Outlines requirements for consultation and engagement with land owners and rights holders on permit application and amendment. Link to guidance.
- Note: Refer to Appendix 2 of the amended Emergency Management Regulation for recent changes to the Consultation and Notification Regulation.
- Prohibits the issuance of a permit to convert a LNG facility pipeline into an oil or diluted bitumen pipeline.
- Outlines requirements for companies to undertake in respect of wells that have not been active for an extended period of time.
- Governs wells and facilities from permitting through to abandonment.
- For wells, this includes drilling, completion, production and abandonment.
- For facilities, this includes construction, operation, maintenance and abandonment.
- Links to guidance available for wells, cores, hydraulic fracturing, storage reservoirs and oil and gas and water production.
- Amendment effective May 17, 2019.
- Regulates the planning for emergencies, with an all-hazards approach, and for the initiation of emergency response arising from oil and gas activity. Link to guidance.
- Sets out government's environmental objectives for oil and gas activities to enable environmental protection during the lifecycle of an oil and gas activity. Links to EPM Guideline and other remediation, reclamation and restoration guidance.
- Amendment effective April 1, 2019.
- Regulates permit expiration, special projects, release of information, surveys, taxation, etc.
- Regulates construction, maintenance, use and deactivation of oil and gas roads. Link to guidance.
- Regulates construction, maintenance, use and deactivation of pipelines. Link to guidance.
- Regulates distances for working near and for crossing a pipeline and all associated costs.
- Sets out the methods of delivery for documents and notices.
Provincial Acts referenced under OGAA
- Regulates oil and gas waste permits, such as air emissions.
- Regulates oil and gas Master Licences to Cut, cutting permits (link to guidance) and use of forestry roads (link to guidance).
- Regulates cultural and heritage (archaeology) sites in B.C. Link to guidance.
- Regulates Crown land licences of occupation, statutory right of ways and rents. Link to guidance.
- Regulates water use. Link to guidance.
Provincial Statutes relevant to OGAA
- Agreement with the Commission granting powers to the Commission to decide on applications for permission for non-farm use of identified ALR lands for oil and gas activities and ancillary activities. Link to guidance.
- Regulates B.C. environmental assessment processes for reviewable projects.
- Regulates Mines Act permits for oil and gas aggregate extraction. Link to guidance.
- Regulates subsurface tenures and royalties for oil and gas.
- Sets out terms and conditions of surface leases.
- Regulates water use, wells, dams, ground water protection, crossings and works in and about a stream that are not regulated by OGAA. Link to guidance.
- Amendment effective March 8, 2019.
- Regulates development and use of geothermal resources 80 degrees Celsius and above. Link to application guidance. Link to more information.
Federal Statutes relevant to OGAA
- Regulates Canadian environmental assessment processes for reviewable projects.
- Includes application of certain aspects of OGAA and its regulations to the Prince Rupert Port Authority lands for liquefied natural gas-related development.
- Includes application of certain aspects of OGAA and its regulations to Haisla lands for oil and gas development.
- Regulates and approves cross-border pipelines. Link to guidance.