The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers is welcoming the new changes to the Oil and Gas Activities Act.
The consultation process between the government and CAPP was fairly involved and there were no major surprises when the new Act came into effect, says David Pryce, the Association’s vice president of operations.
The new Act creates a more thorough consultation process between landowners and the industry. Pryce says he believes it is important for the Association to have a strong relationship with landowners over the long term.
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Pryce says that one benefit for the Association is that it will now only have to deal with the B.C. Oil and Gas Commission rather than a range of provincial departments.
However he adds that one challenge is determining what the process is for transition between the old and new regulations.
The question exists as to whether previously submitted applications should be examined following old or new requirements.
He adds that the Association is currently in discussions with the OGC about the transition process and hopes to have its concerns addressed as soon as possible.