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The Access to Crown Land for Offsite Investigation Application Form will no longer be accepted from permit holders who require use of Crown land for investigative purposes. This form has been removed from the Commission’s website.

DATE ISSUED: June 3, 2022

EFFECTIVE DATE: June 6, 2022

The BC Oil and Gas Commission (Commission) will no longer accept the Access to Crown Land for Offsite Investigation Application Form from permit holders who require use of Crown land for investigative purposes. This form has been removed from the Commission’s website and clarification has been added to the Site Remediation and Reclamation Manual.

Where entry onto Crown land for investigative purposes cannot be adhered to, as per s.8.3 of the Crown Land Permissions Policy, an authorization under the Land Act or under s.138 of the Petroleum and Natural Gas (PNG) Act is required, subject to any terms or conditions the Commission considers appropriate. This includes temporary use of Crown land for investigation of associated oil and gas activities and/or ancillary sites (such as a remote sump). An application for Associated Oil and Gas Activity with a land use type of Investigative Use is submitted through the Application Management System (AMS).

Additionally, if offsite remediation is required, an authorization under the Land Act or under s.138 of the PNG Act is required, subject to any terms or conditions the Commission considers appropriate. An application for Associated Oil and Gas Activity with a land use type of Site Remediation is submitted through AMS.

The Oil and Gas Activity Application Manual should be followed when applying for the right to occupy Crown land.

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


Patrick Smook

A/Executive Director, Permit Adjudication

BC Oil and Gas Commission

Patrick.Smook@bcogc.ca

250-794-5314


Devin Scheck

Supervisor, Environmental Stewardship

BC Oil and Gas Commission

Devin.Scheck@bcogc.ca

250-794-5232

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