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The BC Oil and Gas Commission (Commission) has completed the 2020 annual update to Area-based Analysis (ABA). These changes will come into effect on June 1, 2020.

EFFECTIVE DATE: June 1, 2020

The BC Oil and Gas Commission (Commission) has completed the 2020 annual update to Area-based Analysis (ABA). These changes will come into effect on June 1, 2020.

ABA is an operational program, which monitors the cumulative activity on the land base. ABA was first introduced in the application review process in January 2015. ABA risk ranks areas by assigning an ABA status to each assessment unit. This status can be classified as Normal, Enhanced Management or Regulatory Policy.

Enhanced Management and Regulatory Policy areas require a mitigation strategy compiled and signed by a qualified professional. ABA mitigation strategies should align with guidance in the Environmental Protection and Management Guidelines and government’s Policy for Mitigating Impacts on Environmental Values (Environmental Mitigation Policy). ABA Enhanced Management and Regulatory Policy areas should be outlined on construction plans.

The ABA update process is driven by annual Surface Land Use assessments that measure new activity in northeast B.C. This year, oil and gas Surface Land Use increased by 1.65 per cent. In addition, mapping refinements to consolidated cutblock boundaries by the ministry responsible for the Forest Act (Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development) has resulted in changes to the ABA status in a few areas.

Below is an update on the status of Riparian Reserve Zones, Old Growth Management Areas, Old Forest, and Wildlife Areas for 2020. For detailed information, see the appendix at the end of this bulletin.

Riparian Reserve Zones:

The status of ABA Riparian Reserve Zones is similar to 2019. As of June 1, 2020, 46 water management basins are Normal, 21 are Enhanced Management and two are Regulatory Policy. The Lower Beatton River has increased its ABA status to Enhanced Management as a result of increased activity in both the forestry and oil and gas sector.

Old Growth Management Areas (OGMA):

There is no significant change to Old Growth Management Areas. Current analysis shows 193 OGMA are status Normal and 47 are Regulatory Policy. Area FSJ_DC_gwi_13 has escalated to Regulatory Policy.

Old Forest:

There is no change to ABA Old Forest, with Boreal Plains, Northern Boreal Mountains and Boreal Foothills, remaining ABA status Normal, and Omineca, Wet Mountains and Wet Trench remaining Enhanced Management.

Wildlife Areas:

ABA Wildlife values remain mostly unchanged, with no new Ungulate Winter Range (UWR) or Wildlife Habitat Areas (WHA) established in the Peace Region in 2019. Current analysis shows 323 wildlife areas are status Normal, 20 are Enhanced Management, and 48 are Regulatory Policy. Analysis of recent development in WHA showed increasing pressure on several small WHA established for the protection of identified wildlife, including fisher (weasel family), Connecticut Warbler and Black Throated Green Warbler (songbirds). All sectors of industry are expected to avoid these smaller WHA, as they are established to protect edge sensitive species.

ABA Status information is published in online reports and as industry shapefiles on the Commission’s ABA web page. Additional information regarding ABA can be found in Supplementary Information for Area-based Analysis.

If you have any questions regarding this Industry Bulletin, please contact:

Jacqueline Howard

Environmental Stewardship

BC Oil and Gas Commission

Jacqueline.Howard@bcogc.ca

250-419-4496

Appendix: ABA Status - 2020

ABA Riparian Reserves

Enhanced Management

Regulatory Policy

Blueberry River

Lower Fort Nelson R.

Middle Beatton River

Pouce Coupe

Cache Creek

Lower Halfway River

Middle Fort Nelson R.

Upper Peace River

Cameron River

Lower Kiskatinaw River

Milligan Creek

Chinchaga River

Lower Muskwa River

Moberly River

Doig River

Lower Peace River

Murray River

Kyklo River

Lower Pine River

Sukunka River

Lower Beatton Riv.

Lynx Creek

Upper Pine River

ABA Wildlife Areas

Enhanced Management

Regulatory Policy

9-047

u-7-005_E-001

9-033

9-116

9-138

9-052

u-9-001_SPE-002

9-034

9-118

9-139

9-058

u-9-001_SPE-013

9-049

9-119

9-140

9-066

u-9-001_SPE-015

9-060

9-120

9-142

9-097

u-9-001_SPE-023

9-063

9-122

9-143

9-105

u-9-002_SPC-018

9-067

9-123

9-144

9-117

u-9-002_SPC-047

9-070

9-124

u-7-005_E-002

9-121

u-9-004_GR-009

9-073

9-126

u-7-006_S-008

9-125

9-099

9-127

u-9-002_SPC-001

9-134

9-100

9-128

u-9-002_SPC-009

9-135

9-104

9-129

u-9-002_SPC-017

9-141

9-109

9-130

u-9-004_GR-007

9-110

9-131

u-9-004_GR-017

9-111

9-132

u-9-004_GR-024

9-112

9-133

9-113

9-136

9-115

9-137

ABA Old Growth Management Areas

Regulatory Policy

FSJ_DC_bea_01

FSJ_DC_gwi_05

FSJ_DC_kis_22

FSJ_DC_ois_11

FSJ_DC_bea_02

FSJ_DC_gwi_09

FSJ_DC_kis_23

FSJ_DC_pbo_13

FSJ_DC_bea_06

FSJ_DC_gwi_11

FSJ_DC_kis_27

FSJ_DC_ppa_15

FSJ_DC_bea_09

FSJ_DC_gwi_13

FSJ_DC_lmo_02

FSJ_DC_pug_05

FSJ_DC_bel_01

FSJ_DC_hhp_12

FSJ_DC_lmo_03

FSJ_DC_pug_09

FSJ_DC_bel_04

FSJ_DC_kin_01

FSJ_DC_lmo_05

FSJ_DC_red_01

FSJ_DC_dck_02

FSJ_DC_kin_06

FSJ_DC_lmo_12

FSJ_DC_red_09

FSJ_DC_dck_03

FSJ_DC_kin_07

FSJ_DC_lmo_13

FSJ_DC_sep_03

FSJ_DC_dck_05

FSJ_DC_kin_10

FSJ_DC_ois_04

FSJ_DC_umo_18

FSJ_DC_dck_07

FSJ_DC_kin_11

FSJ_DC_ois_07

FSJ_DC_wap_06

FSJ_DC_dck_08

FSJ_DC_kis_04

FSJ_DC_ois_09

FSJ_DC_wap_12

FSJ_DC_gwi_01

FSJ_DC_kis_07

FSJ_DC_ois_10

ABA Old Forest

Regulatory Policy

Omineca

Wet Trench

Wet Mountain

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