In the Media

In the Media

The Commission comments on stories and issues regarding oil and gas regulation within B.C.’s provincial borders. If you have a media enquiry, please contact us here.

  • On July 31, 2019, Coastal GasLink (CGL) self-reported to the BC Oil and Gas Commission that it had undertaken cutting in the pipeline right-of-way and a section of road without the necessary archaeological assessment.
  • The Commission has received CGL’s report and launched an investigation into the issue.  
  • The Commission’s investigation is ongoing.

Update Sept. 13, 2019: The Commission issued an order to CGL. 


There is a growing public interest in understanding how the Commission is managing this complex file, so we are including a list of frequently asked questions to help.

What are ‘Orphan Sites’?  

How does the BC Oil and Gas Commission (Commission) ensure the accuracy of the information it receives, because there are requirements in water licences for companies to record daily average water discharges and diversion rates, plus they must provide the Commission their overall water usage on a quarterly basis?

Recent media articles express concerns about potential effects of thermal discharge to a marine environment. The Commission has compiled the following to outline B.C.’s legal requirements and how the Commission regulates the lifecycle of oil and gas activities, including LNG facilities.

On Oct. 10, 2014, the Supreme Court of British Columbia dismissed a challenge from the Western Canada Wilderness Committee and Sierra Club of Canada. The Court agreed the way in which the Commission permits water use for industry – which ensures the protection of environmental flows for fish, future supplies for communities and can be rescinded in times of drought – is sound.  Read the judgement here.

The Commission has reviewed the recommendations in this study from the Environmental Law Centre at the University of Victoria and makes the following observations:


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