Orphan Site Management

The Orphan Site Reclamation Fund (OSRF) is a levy on industry permit holders used to pay the cost of decommissioning and restoration of orphan sites. Under Part 4 of the Oil and Gas Activities Act, the Commission may designate a well, facility, pipeline and/or area affected by oil and gas activity as an orphan site if the operator is insolvent or cannot be located. Once designated, orphan site liability is recognized and a work plan is implemented with the objective of meeting regulatory closure.    

The OSRF is managed by the Liability Management Branch, which is also responsible for the Liability Management Rating program. 

Questions and comments are welcomed by the Commission and can be directed to orphanrestoration@bcogc.ca 

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: