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On July 14, 2020 a number of Land Act and Forest Act delegations related to permitting geothermal activities were provided by the Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations & Rural Development (FLNRORD) to the BC Oil and Gas Commission.

DATE ISSUED: Aug. 10, 2020

EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately

On July 14, 2020 a number of Land Act and Forest Act delegations related to permitting geothermal activities were provided by the Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations & Rural Development (FLNRORD) to the BC Oil and Gas Commission (Commission). As a result, applicants no longer need to make a separate application for land access and cutting licenses on Crown land.

This change to the application process will increase efficiency and streamline the geothermal permitting process, along with adjustments made to the Geothermal Resources Act (GRA) in 2017 that further enhanced the Commission’s regulatory oversight of geothermal exploration and development activities in British Columbia

The GRA authorizes the Commission’s Board of Directors to make regulations governing geothermal operations. The Geothermal Operations Regulation, under the GRA, outlines how the Commission manages geothermal wells.

To be able to drill a geothermal well, a company must acquire the right to the geothermal resource from the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources and a permit to drill the well from the Commission. The company can now come to the Commission to obtain Crown land access and cutting licenses, thus consolidating the regulatory process.

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

Andrew Osmond

Authorizations Manager, Permit Adjudication

BC Oil and Gas Commission

Andrew.Osmond@bcogc.ca

250 794-5352

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