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Following the passage of Bill 37, exciting changes are coming, including a new name and expanded mandate! In addition to our current responsibilities with respect to oil, gas and geothermal development, we will soon become the single-window regulator for the production of hydrogen, ammonia and methanol; have an expanded role in carbon capture and storage, and we will be known as the BC Energy Regulator. For more info:

Here you'll find recent updates to regulations related to oil and gas development in B.C. We also may request your input or feedback on proposed changes to the regulation of oil and gas activities that may affect you.

Current Engagements

Drilling and Production Regulation (DPR) - Methane Regulations Review

The BCOGC is drafting proposed amendments to the Drilling and Production Regulation to maintain equivalency with Federal and Provincial Climate Action Plan targets.

Dormancy and Shutdown Regulation (DSR)

The BCOGC is drafting proposed amendments to expand the Dormancy and Shutdown Regulation to include pipelines, facilities, and related activities.

Regulatory Update: Changes

Commission GuidanceOil and Gas Processing Facility Regulation Guideline (October 24, 2022)
Commission Board RegulationSecurity Management Regulation (August 29, 2022)
Commission Board Regulation

Emergency Management Regulation (September 1, 2021)

Commission Board Regulation

Requirements for Consultation and Notification Regulation (June 1, 2021)

Commission Board RegulationService Regulation (June 1, 2021)
Commission Board RegulationOil and Gas Processing Facility Regulation (March 4, 2021)

If you have any questions related to this Regulatory Update, please email us at

What does Regulatory Affairs do?

We work with our subject matter experts across the Commission to develop amendments to existing Commission Board regulations, and to propose new provisions when needed.

We do our best to incorporate feedback from affected parties into regulatory policy. The feedback is first presented to the Commission's Board of Directors, then we work with provincial legislative drafters to turn approved policy into regulations.

Since the Provincial Government approves some regulations under the Oil and Gas Activities Act (OGAA), we communicate with government staff about potential amendments to those Government regulations, and potential amendments to the Act itself.

Engagement on Regulatory Change - What's up?

The Commission has a policy of continuous improvement for the oil and gas regulatory framework. When a proposal for regulatory change is being considered, engagement will help to inform the best policy change possible, given multiple interests.

Engagement with Indigenous Peoples and stakeholders is one way the Commission is working hard through its values of transparency, innovation, integrity, respect and responsiveness to help meet government’s commitment to responsible and inclusive governance.

The Commission is looking to engage people more regularly on proposed policy and regulatory change. We've created this Regulatory Update page to share information, increase transparency and seek feedback on proposed changes to the regulation of oil and gas activities that may affect others. It is our goal to update the page quarterly. Along with this online update, we may also provide updates via email, social media, webinars, and workshops.

Engagement looks to inform and receive feedback from people on potential regulatory change.

Engagement helps the Commission make better decisions by understanding what people consider important. The type of engagement will vary depending on the nature of the proposed change.

We hope to learn about your values, preferences and needs; to identify issues and possible solutions; and to hear your ideas and alternatives. The Commission’s goals of engagement include an approach more inclusive of Indigenous Peoples and stakeholders whose voices are heard in the implementation of change.

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