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The BC Oil and Gas Commission is offering a free webinar on March 5, 2019 to provide an overview of water management for oil and gas purposes in northeast B.C. Read more below and email to register.

Got an unresolved oil and gas issue? Let us help!

Mediation is a confidential process whereby an experienced mediator helps two parties have a conversation, which may lead to a resolution of differences.

As an innovative regulator, we are always looking for new and effective ways to safeguard the environment, especially at hard-to-reach oil and gas sites. We recently used laser technology to conduct an aerial survey of 103 decommissioned wells.

Watch this video and read more in our Information Bulletin.

At the beginning of 2018, the BC Oil and Gas Commission announced a pilot program and partnership with several post-secondary institutions across the province. Five in fact – University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC), Vancouver Island University (VIU), Northern Lights College (NLC), Coast Mountain College (CMC) and College of New Caledonia (CNC). 

The mission: To provide tangible skills that benefit both individuals and their communities while promoting First Nations and Indigenous Peoples’ participation in the Commission’s regulatory operations.

What is the difference between an abandoned well, a dormant well and an orphan well? Here are six terms used to describe oil and gas sites, and what they mean.

Read on below or watch this video:

Active well: A well that is producing oil and gas.

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 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.