The PRRD made its commitment at its November 22, 2012 meeting.
The Farmers’ Advocacy Office pilot project began back in 2010, with $120,000 in funding from both the Ministry and the Regional District. It was originally scheduled to run until February 2012, but was extended another year with another $80,000 from both partners.
It’s meant to provide information and support for landowners in northeast B.C. about proposed oil and gas activities on residential land, including compensation and mitigation discussions. It collects pertinent information, and helps resolve issues between landowners and industry.
Parliamentary Secretary for Natural Gas and MLA for Peace River North Pat Pimm says the project has so far been a success, and is worth further investment.
“The Farmers Advocacy Office has done an exceptional job in its first two years of operation, helping the relationship between industry and landowners in northeast B.C.,” he argues. “As B.C.’s oil and gas sector continues to grow, the Farmers’ Advocacy Office will play an important part in future negotiations for proposed industry activity on residential land.”
The two partners are currently working to establish a long-term plan for funding after this year.
The review of the Farmers’ Advocacy Office for 2012 is available online for download below.