A report detailing the state of site restorations in the province has been released by the B.C. Oil and Gas Commission.
The report outlines how sites are judged and monitored based on the information site operators provide about a site’s reclamation and restoration.
According to the report, all sites have been required to obtain a Certificate of Restoration since 1974. Obtaining the CoR means that industry operators have returned the used land to as close to a natural state as before they began working in the area. This reclamation process means all known toxins or other harmful agents have to be removed or neutralized. OGC officials say this must be done before the operator can stop lease agreement or tenure payments.
Furthermore, a newly implemented part of the process involves a checkup of some of the sites to ensure what was reported in the CoR is actually what is occurring at the site. Officials say 10 per cent of the sites are chosen at random to undergo the investigative process.
They also say that in the event no site operator can be found, the Commission has more than $3 million in funds set aside for the Orphan Site Reclamation Fund. So far, there have only been two sites considered to be orphaned. One was the Blackhawk Lake site, southeast of Fort St. John and close to the Alberta border.
The Commission’s full report can be viewed below.