New oil and gas setbacks announced

By Kimberley Molina

BC residents can look forward to new regulations governing how close oil and gas structures can be to residential homes and schools.

Blair Lekstrom says there will be a one kilometre setback for all new oil and gas developments regulated by the BC Oil and Gas commission.

The BC Energy Minister says the regulations, which come into effect this fall, mean no wells can be drilled and no new production facilities can be built within that distance.

They will also guarantee that a further one kilometre area will have a site assessment completed and an automated system to detect leaks and shutdown the plant if necessary.

As well, the OGC will begin a program to guarantee residents receive information about a company’s practices and to monitor air quality.


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