Inside the Commission

As an innovative regulator, we are always looking for new and effective ways to safeguard the environment, especially at hard-to -reach oil and gas sites. We recently used laser technology to conduct an aerial survey of 103 decommissioned wells.

At the beginning of 2018, the BC Oil and Gas Commission announced a pilot program and partnership with several post-secondary institutions across the province.

What is the difference between an abandoned well, a dormant well and an orphan well? Here are six terms used to describe oil and gas sites, and what they mean.

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You may have been hearing a lot about “orphans” in the context of the oil and gas industry. But what are orphan sites, why do they matter and what are we doing about them?

It’s a lesson we learn when we’re young – if you use something, put it back when you’re done. It’s a simple idea but a good one, and it’s one we live by in regulating energy resource development.

Do you have a dormant oil and gas site on your property? The BC Oil and Gas Commission is hosting an information session for land owners on Jan. 24, 2019 at 7 p.m.

At the BC Oil and Gas Commission, public safety is at the heart of what we do. Watch this video to learn about how we protect public safety and safeguard the environment through the sound regulation of oil, gas and geothermal activities in B.C.

Companies wanting to explore, develop and produce oil and gas resources in B.C. must apply to the Commission for oil and gas activity permits.

What is the BC Oil and Gas Commission? What is our role, and how do we regulate oil and gas activity in B.C.? Watch this short video for an overview of what we do here at the Commission.

One of the BC Oil and Gas Commission’s primary roles as regulator is to safeguard the natural environment. Throughout the oil and gas activity lifecycle, the Commission applies careful oversight and a commitment to continuous improvement to meet British Columbia’s energy and environmental goals.