The new Oil and Gas Activites Act was presented to the Peace River Regional District on Thursday.
Mike Lambert is from the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources. He outlined the act to directors in Dawson Creek via teleconference.
Lambert explained that the new Act has a heavy compliance and enforcement component, including in the environmental management regulatory framework.
The OGAA has been in the works for five years now. The bill was originally brought forward by the now Senator Richard Neufeld to the B.C. legislature. In May 2008, the bill passed.
Lambert says the Act will ‘raise the consultation bar’ for the industry. Legislation will be in place that will force companies to do thorough consultation with landowners.
But, the new legislation will not be enforced this winter, because the regulations still need to be finalized. Lambert says the goal is to have it enforced by May 1st, 2010.
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