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Notice:

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: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2022EMLI0055-001598

The BC Oil and Gas Commission continues to work with industry, government, and environmental organizations to further our understanding of methane emissions and how best to manage and reduce its release from oil and gas operations.

Milestones

  • Jan. 16, 2019
    New regulations to reduce methane emissions to meet provincial and federal targets announced

  • Mar. 30, 2019
    Proposed Equivalency Agreement with the Government of Canada is published

  • June 15, 2019
    Proposed Order declared by Government of Canada that B.C.’s methane emissions regulations are equivalent

  • Jan. 1, 2020
    Regulations to reduce methane emissions came into effect

  • Dec. 31, 2020
    Equivalency report for the 2019 calendar year submitted to Environment and Climate Change Canada

  • May 31, 2021
    First set of data provided as part of a Leak Detection and Repair Data Collection template

  • Dec. 31, 2021
    Equivalency report for the 2020 calendar year to be submitted to Environment and Climate Change Canada

  • Jan. 11, 2022
    Start of efficiency and effectiveness review of methane regulations

  • July 1, 2022
    First set of data to be provided as part of dehydrator benzene inventory form

Methane Regulations Review

When the provincial methane regulations were developed in 2018, we committed to reviewing the regulatory requirements by 2022. We will post updates on the review below, which is expected to be complete by Dec. 31, 2022.

Alternative Fugitive Emissions Management Programs

The Commission is developing an application process for permit holders to apply for alternative fugitive emissions management programs (FEMP). Below are letters to stakeholders about this process and feedback received as a result. The timeframe for receiving feedback is now closed.

Equivalency Reports

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