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Western Regulators Forum - July 6, 2018

A Strategic Plan and revised Terms of Reference have been adopted by the Western Regulators Forum (WRF), originally formed in 2014 to promote collaboration and pursue mutual priorities among oil and gas regulators in Western Canada.

The WRF is established under the direction and authority of the President and CEO of the Alberta Energy Regulator, the Commissioner and CEO of the British Columbia Oil and Gas Commission (Commission), the Deputy Minister of Energy and Resources for the Government of Saskatchewan, the CEO of the National Energy Board and the Executive Director of the Government of the Northwest Territories Office of the Regulator of Oil and Gas Operations.

The structure of the WRF includes a Board, Executive Committee and Secretariat of the member organizations. The chair of these committees currently resides with the Commission and will rotate to Saskatchewan in April, 2019.

A Strategic Plan - consisting of the vision, goals and mandate - and a revised Terms of Reference were recently approved by the Board.  

The WRF is currently collaborating on several projects including incident reporting, strategic use of standards in regulation, indigenous engagement, transparency and pipeline regulation opportunities.

Kiskatinaw Seismic Monitoring and Mitigation Area (KSMMA)

On May 14, 2018 the BC Oil and Gas Commission issued a Special Project Order under section 75 of the Oil and Gas Activities Act. The Order was issued to address a series of low level seismic events arising from hydraulic fracturing in a ground motion monitoring area designated as the Kiskatinaw Seismic Monitoring and Mitigation Area (KSMMA). The Commission will continue to research induced seismic events and if other areas show similar trends to the KSMMA, appropriate actions will be taken to address the events.

Questions and Answers about the KSMMA are available here.

Canada Energy Partners Permit Decision

Dec. 4, 2017 - The BC Oil and Gas Commission is not cancelling Canada Energy Partners’ permit for a disposal well near Hudson’s Hope. The Commission is satisfied concerns over environmental and public safety have been resolved. It is attaching strict conditions required to ensure real time seismic monitoring, a requirement to halt operations immediately upon notification by BC Hydro in certain circumstances, and injection rate control and frequent pressure testing – before disposal operations can resume.

Read the Reasons for Decision here.


The B.C. Ministries of Finance and Natural Gas Development and the BC Oil and Gas Commission have jointly initiated a project to conduct volumetric and royalty related reporting through internet-based Petrinex.  British Columbia issued a news release on Dec. 20, 2016 which provided details of the British Columbia/Alberta partnership. The project is due to launch in 2018.

Joint Assessment of Unconventional Gas Resources of Mississippian-Devonian Shales in Liard Basin

The marketable, unconventional gas potential of the Exshaw and Patry shales of the Liard Basin’s Besa River Formation have been evaluated in a joint assessment by the National Energy Board, the British Columbia Oil and Gas Commission, the British Columbia Ministry of Natural Gas Development, the Northwest Territories Geological Survey, and the Yukon Geological Survey.

The National Energy Board has provided a News Release regarding this collaborative study of one of the largest shale gas resources in the world and Canada’s second largest known gas resource.


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