Area-based Analysis (ABA)

The Area-based Analysis (ABA) approach has been developed by the BC Oil and Gas as a framework for managing the impacts of oil and gas development. It is an enhanced way of looking at the cumulative effects of all industrial development across the landscape when making decisions on oil and gas applications.

The Province of British Columbia defines cumulative effects as “changes to environmental, social and economic values caused by the combined effect of present, past and reasonably foreseeable future actions or events on the land base.”

Using ABA, Commission decision makers can assess the impact of proposed oil and gas activities on ecological, cultural and social values in the context of all other development activities. Broad landscape impacts on specific resource values can be considered when looking at specific applications or activities, rather than just the localized effects of one permit. ABA evaluates the overall landscape – including old forest, riparian reserves and wildlife habitat.

A new Supplementary Information for Area-based Analysis guidance document is now available online to assist with incorporating ABA in applications.

If you are unable to find answers to your questions in the material available:

  • For comments/questions on the overall ABA program design and direction, next steps, permit conditions, planning considerations, and overall management please send an email to
  • For comments/questions about the data used, key assumptions, assessment methodology, discrepancies between the mapped data and field conditions, data errors, please send an email to