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This page provides links to Regulator documentation relating to oil and gas well decommissioning.

Well decommissioning is an important step in the lifecycle of a well. Section 26 of the Drilling and Production Regulation lays out the requirements permit holders must meet when decommissioning wells. The BC Well Decommissioning Guidelines provides guidance to permit holders on how those expectations may be met.

Well Decommissioning

Name Date Published
Notice of Abandonment and Abandonment Report eSubmission Permit Holder Guide (v1.0)
Effective Date: Nov 18, 2022
Nov 18, 2022
Well Decommissioning Guidelines (v1.2)
Effective Date: Nov 19, 2022 - Please refer to the Manual Revisions section within the document.
Nov 16, 2022
2021 10 20 Cased Hole Abandonment Notification Data Sheet
Oct 20, 2021
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