Two oil and gas companies have passed a forestry audit.

Wednesday, Apache Canada Ltd. and Devon Canada Corporation, working in the northern part of the Fort Nelson District, were informed they had met the requirements of the Forest and Range Practices Act.

The two companies were audited for forest planning and practices associated with oil and gas development in the Horn River Basin. The Horn River Basin covers roughly 1.1 million hectares of land in northeast B.C.

The activities examined included the clearing of trees for well construction sites, borrow pits, sumps, campsites, pipelines as well as access road construction.

Forest Practices Board Chair Al Gorley says “because oil and gas companies carry out similar types of harvesting and road activities as forestry companies, the board occasionally audits them to make sure they are following provincial forestry legislations.”

The Forest Practices Board is B.C.’s independent watchdog for sound forest and range practices, reporting its findings and recommendations directly to the government, as well as the public.