Legislation

Legislation

Legislation

BC Laws provides free public access to the current laws of British Columbia. This unofficial consolidation of B.C. Statutes and Regulations is updated as new and amended laws come into force. You can access any of the Acts and Regulations listed below (and others) from their website: www.bclaws.ca.

Please Note: This information is provided here for convenience, but it remains the responsibility of operators to check the rules and laws that apply to them. Check the 2016 and 2017 Cumulative Regulation Bulletins for non-consolidated amendments to these regulations that may be in effect.

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.

OGAA Regulations

Administrative Penalties Regulation
Consultation & Notification Regulation
  • 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.
 Direction No. 1 to the Oil and Gas Commission
  • Prohibits the issuance of a permit to convert a LNG facility pipeline into an oil or diluted bitumen pipeline.
 Drilling & Production Regulation
 Emergency Management Regulation (effective until Feb. 28, 2018)
  • 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.
  • Note: Effective Mar. 1, 2018 the Emergency Management Regulation will be replaced. A copy of the new Emergency Management Regulation is available for viewing here.
 Environmental Protection and Management Regulation
 Fee, Levy and Security Regulation
 Geophysical Exploration Regulation
 Liquefied Natural Gas Facility Regulation
 Oil and Gas Activities Act General Regulation
  • Regulates permit expiration, special projects, release of information, surveys, taxation, etc.
 Oil and Gas Road Regulation
  • Regulates construction, maintenance, use and deactivation of oil and gas roads. Link to guidance.
 Pipeline Regulation
  • Regulates construction, maintenance, use and deactivation of pipelines. Link to guidance.
 Pipeline Crossings Regulation
  • Regulates distances for working near and for crossing a pipeline and all associated costs.
 Service Regulation
  • Sets out the methods of delivery for documents and notices.

Provincial Acts referenced under OGAA

ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT ACT

Oil and Gas Waste Regulation
  • Regulates oil and gas waste permits, such as air emissions.

FOREST ACT

HERITAGE CONSERVATION ACT

LAND ACT

  • Regulates Crown land licences of occupation, statutory right of ways and rents. Link to guidance.

WATER SUSTAINABILITY ACT

Provincial Statutes relevant to OGAA

AGRICULTURAL LAND COMMISSION ACT

  • 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.

ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT ACT

  • Regulates B.C. environmental assessment processes for reviewable projects.
Concurrent Approval Regulation
Reviewable Projects Regulation

MINES ACT

Health, Safety and Reclamation Code for Mines in British Columbia (the Code).
  • Regulates Mines Act permits for oil and gas aggregate extraction. Link to guidance.

PETROLEUM AND NATURAL GAS ACT

Petroleum and Natural Gas General Regulation
  • Regulates subsurface tenures and royalties for oil and gas.
Surface Lease Regulation
  • Sets out terms and conditions of surface leases.

WATER SUSTAINABILITY ACT

  • 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.
Dam Safety Regulation
Groundwater Protection Regulation
Water Sustainability Regulation
Water Sustainability Fees, Rentals and Charges Tariff Regulation

GEOTHERMAL RESOURCES ACT

Geothermal Geophysical Exploration Regulation
Geothermal Operations Regulation
Geothermal Resources General Regulation

Federal Statutes relevant to OGAA

CANADIAN ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT ACT

  • Regulates Canadian environmental assessment processes for reviewable projects.

CANADA MARINE ACT

Port of Prince Rupert Liquefied Natural Gas Facilities Regulations
  • Includes application of certain aspects of OGAA and its regulations to the Prince Rupert Port Authority lands for liquefied natural gas-related development.

FIRST NATION COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT ACT

Haisla Nation Liquefied Natural Gas Facility Regulation
  • Includes application of certain aspects of OGAA and its regulations to Haisla lands for oil and gas development.

NATIONAL ENERGY BOARD ACT