Inside the Commission

You may have been hearing a lot about “orphans” in the context of the oil and gas industry. But what are orphan sites, why do they matter and what are we doing about them?

It’s a lesson we learn when we’re young – if you use something, put it back when you’re done. It’s a simple idea but a good one, and it’s one we live by in regulating energy resource development. When companies are finished extracting natural resources from the earth, they are required to put the right plants and the soils back in the right places to return the site to its natural state.

Do you have a dormant oil and gas site on your property? The BC Oil and Gas Commission is hosting an information session for land owners on Jan. 24, 2019 at 7 p.m. Learn about regulations being developed to impose timelines on the clean up of well sites, and about recent amendments to the Oil and Gas Activities Act.

Dormant sites are defined as wells and their associated operating areas, which for five or more years have not met a certain threshold of activity. These do not include orphan sites.

At the BC Oil and Gas Commission, public safety is at the heart of what we do. Watch this video to learn about how we protect public safety and safeguard the environment through the sound regulation of oil, gas and geothermal activities in B.C.

Companies wanting to explore, develop and produce oil and gas resources in B.C. must apply to the Commission for oil and gas activity permits.

What is the BC Oil and Gas Commission? What is our role, and how do we regulate oil and gas activity in B.C.? Watch this short video for an overview of what we do here at the Commission.

One of the BC Oil and Gas Commission’s primary roles as regulator is to safeguard the natural environment. Throughout the oil and gas activity lifecycle, the Commission applies careful oversight and a commitment to continuous improvement to meet British Columbia’s energy and environmental goals.