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Notice:

On October 1, 2021, the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) released the draft 2022 edition of CSAZ276 Liquefied natural gas (LNG) – Production, storage, and handling for public review. The public review and comment period will close November 30, 2021.

For further information, please refer to the draft review section of the CSA website.

DATE ISSUED: Sept. 29, 2021

EFFECTIVE DATE: Sept. 1, 2021

The BC Oil and Gas Commission (Commission) has approved amendments to the Emergency Management Regulation (EMR). These changes are in effect as of Sept. 1, 2021.

The amendments are summarized below:

  • A full-scale exercise must be conducted before the start-up (leave to open) for a new facility or transmission pipeline.
  • When the Commission observes and evaluates an exercise, it can require specific follow-up action where an exercise demonstrates unsatisfactory capacity to protect public safety or establish control of the incident.
  • Information relating to an emergency response plan is required to be provided to local Indigenous nations, to ensure they are included in emergency planning, including consideration of any cultural sites likely to be used by their members.
  • The determination of Emergency Planning Zones is updated to provide more flexibility in calculating the hazard planning distances for special sour and acid gas wells while limiting the use of Transport Canada’s Emergency Response Guidebook.
  • Airport operators must be provided information relating to an emergency response plan and must have their contact information included in an emergency response plan where there is overlap between an emergency response zone and an airport zoning area.
  • Updates to spill reporting requirements to address recent changes to the Spill Reporting Regulation under the Environmental Management Act.
  • Enhancements to emergency response by clarifying the timelines required to report emergencies to the Commission, the obligation to respond to an emergency in accordance with an emergency response plan and clarifying the incident classification matrix.

The Commission is preparing updates to the existing Emergency Management Manual, which will be published shortly.

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

Peter Dalton
Director, Security & Emergency Management
BC Oil and Gas Commission
Peter.Dalton@bcogc.ca

250-794-5231

Andrew Morgan
Executive Director, Regulatory Affairs
BC Oil and Gas Commission
Regulatoryaffairs@bcogc.ca

250-419-4441

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