PRRD approves new advocacy office

Must Read

Unemployment rate drops below 11 percent in Northeast B.C.

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The unemployment rate in Northeast B.C dropped to 10.7 in June.

Winter Games brings close to $1.8 million in economic activity to Fort St John

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. - Close to $1.8 million in economic activity was brought to Fort St. John during...

Progress continues on building temporary access road for Old Fort

UPDATE - As of 8pm Thursday the temporary access road will be open. MoTI construction crews are on-target for...

The Peace River Regional District will soon be establishing an Independent Land Information and Advocacy Office – Farmer’s Advocacy Office – in Dawson Creek.

In partnership with the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources and the Ministry of Agriculture and Lands, the PRRD chose to begin a project to provide landowners with information that can help them negotiate surface leases and right of way with the oil and gas industry.

The 18 month, $240,000 contract, has been awarded to a joint venture between New Harvest Media Inc. and Aspen Grove Property Services. The services offered by the venture will be free for anyone to use.

- Advertisement -

Community Interviews with Moose FM


There will be two components of the office, a physical building and an online website with a searchable database, says Anne Clayton, principal of Aspen Grove Property Services.

Clayton says the project came about because there is a large problem in BC with having farmers and other landowners feeling pressured into allowing the oil and gas industry to lease their land in a short period of time, which she hopes the new office will help alleviate.

[asset|aid=3102|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=632bccaecaed37ca62b10ecfac73e1c0-Clayton 1_1_Pub.mp3]

Although she says the new amendments to the Oil and Gas Activities Act may prove to be helpful for landowners when dealing with industry, she stresses that it will take time to see if they actually work.

[asset|aid=3103|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=632bccaecaed37ca62b10ecfac73e1c0-Clayton 2_1_Pub.mp3]

She adds that the office will simply be there to ensure landowners are treated fairly in negotiations.

One of the difficulties in the process is determining the appropriate land pricing.

Advertisement


Clayton says currently, her office goes through a lengthy process to acquire the information.

However, she hopes the new office will be able to compile a database of past agreements, updating it throughout the length of the contract, to make available online.

The office will be available for all landowners dealing with the oil and gas industry, but Clayton adds that they will also be able to work with landowners that might be dealing with other organizations, such as BC Hydro.

More Articles Like This