“Under this memorandum, the Environmental Assessment Office and the B.C. Oil and Gas Commission will work together to reduce duplication and shorten the time it takes to get an approved project up and running,” Environment Minister Mary Polak says. “At the same time, by strengthening compliance and enforcement efforts, they will maintain and even enhance environmental protection.”
The two agencies will share information and coordinate their work, which also means project proponents won’t have to submit the same reports twice. Joint inspections will also be coordinated.
The new process will begin immediately, and the MOU will be evaluated annually.