The NorthEast Water Tool (NEWT) , Omineca Water Tool (OWT) and NorthWest Water Tool (NWWT) are GIS-based hydrology decision-support tools developed in partnership by the BC Oil and Gas Commission and the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations. They provide guidance on water availability across northern BC and the support decision-making process for water use approvals and licences.
The Water Portal is a map-based water information tool designed to provide public access to a wide range of water-related data and information in northeast B.C. The data is displayed with flexible charts and analytical tools to assist users to understand and use the data.
Water Sustainability Act Authorizations
Water Sustainability Act
Water Sustainability Act Supplemental for Operators
Short-Term Water Use Approvals
Short-Term Water Use Application Manual
Changes In and About a Stream
Changes In and About a Stream Application and Operations Manual
The water reports present information on water use approvals on a quarterly basis. The reports also contain information on water licences, water source wells and the volume of water used in hydraulic fracturing.
Water Source Wells
Water Source Wells are wells drilled to obtain water for injection into an underground formation for the production of petroleum or natural gas, including hydraulic fracturing. Approval from the Commission is required for their construction and operation. The Commission’s requirements for hydrogeological testing, data submission, and monitoring of water source wells can be referenced in: ”Supplemental Material for Water Source Wells”
The requirements for water source wells support the sustainable management of groundwater resources.