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The Commission works to bring balance to the relationship between the landscape we love and the energy we rely on.

British Columbians are proud of our healthy waterways, our clean air, and the vast lands that are home to the many plant and animal species that live here.

As a regulator, one of the Commission’s main jobs is to protect the environment. From exploration to development and operations all the way to restoration, we carefully oversee all oil and gas, and geothermal activities and work to continuously improve to meet British Columbia’s energy and environmental goals.

Whether it’s starting projects off on the right foot, providing careful oversight during construction and operations, ensuring restoration at the end of a project’s life, or continuously improving the way we manage environmental impacts from oil and gas activities, we work to ensure oil and gas, and geothermal operations are undertaken in a safe, responsible and environmentally sensitive manner.

With careful environmental management in all stages of the oil and gas, and geothermal activity lifecycle, combined with a commitment to continuous improvement, the Commission is helping safeguard B.C.’s environment for a changing energy future we can all be proud of.

Air

Air Quality

The Commission monitors air quality which can be impacted by flaring, venting and equipment exhaust from oil and gas activities.

Wildlife

Wildlife Protection

The Commission works closely with industry to ensure oil and gas activities are conducted with consideration to wildlife.

Water

Water Management

The BC Oil and Gas Commission is responsible for reviewing, assessing, and making decisions on water authorizations from both surface and subsurface water sources for oil and gas activity.

Landmanagement

Land Management

The Commission considers oil and gas, and geothermal sites as temporary uses of the land; therefore, careful planning beforehand is required to ensure a successful project end.

Wellness

Cumulative Effects

The Commission manages the cumulative effects from oil and gas, and geothermal development using the Area-based Analysis (ABA) approach.

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