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Our name has changed! We’re now known as the BC Energy Regulator (BCER) and you can find us at This name change is part of legislation that also modernizes our board structure and will expand our mandate later this year. For more information, see the provincial government’s news release. Check back regularly as we continue making updates to our webpages to reflect these changes.

Here you'll find recent updates to regulations related to oil and gas development in B.C. We also may request your input or feedback on proposed changes to the regulation of oil and gas activities that may affect you.

Current Engagements

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Drilling and Production Regulation (DPR) - Methane Emissions Reduction Requirement

The BCOGC is seeking comments from interested parties to help inform changes to provincial regulations to achieve further reductions in methane emissions from the oil and gas sector.

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Fee, Levy and Security Regulation

The Commission is seeking input as it develops new provisions under the Fee, Levy and Security Regulation (FLSR). The Commission’s revenue model is built on a combination of levies charged on oil and gas production and infrastructure, as well as fees for service (e.g. fee to review an application) prescribed in the FLSR. For any activity, the permit application fee covers the work required to adjudicate the application.

Regulatory Update: Changes

Regulator GuidanceOil and Gas Processing Facility Regulation Guideline (October 24, 2022)
Regulator Board RegulationDormancy and Shutdown Regulation (December 6, 2022)
Regulator Board RegulationDrilling and Production Regulation (December 6. 2022)
Regulator Board RegulationSecurity Management Regulation (August 29, 2022)
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Emergency Management Regulation (September 1, 2021)

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Requirements for Consultation and Notification Regulation (June 1, 2021)

Regulator Board RegulationService Regulation (June 1, 2021)
Regulator Board RegulationOil and Gas Processing Facility Regulation (March 4, 2021)

If you have any questions related to this Regulatory Update, please email us at

What does Regulatory Affairs do?

We work with our subject matter experts across the Regulator to develop amendments to existing Regulator Board regulations, and to propose new provisions when needed.

We do our best to incorporate feedback from affected parties into regulatory policy. The feedback is first presented to the Regulator's Board of Directors, then we work with provincial legislative drafters to turn approved policy into regulations.

Since the Provincial Government approves some regulations under the Oil and Gas Activities Act (OGAA), we communicate with government staff about potential amendments to those Government regulations, and potential amendments to the Act itself.

Engagement on Regulatory Change - What's up?

The Regulator has a policy of continuous improvement for the oil and gas regulatory framework. When a proposal for regulatory change is being considered, engagement will help to inform the best policy change possible, given multiple interests.

Engagement with Indigenous Peoples and stakeholders is one way the Regulator is working hard through its values of transparency, innovation, integrity, respect and responsiveness to help meet government’s commitment to responsible and inclusive governance.

The Regulator is looking to engage people more regularly on proposed policy and regulatory change. We've created this Regulatory Update page to share information, increase transparency and seek feedback on proposed changes to the regulation of oil and gas activities that may affect others. It is our goal to update the page quarterly. Along with this online update, we may also provide updates via email, social media, webinars, and workshops.

Engagement looks to inform and receive feedback from people on potential regulatory change.

Engagement helps the Regulator make better decisions by understanding what people consider important. The type of engagement will vary depending on the nature of the proposed change.

We hope to learn about your values, preferences and needs; to identify issues and possible solutions; and to hear your ideas and alternatives. The Regulator’s goals of engagement include an approach more inclusive of Indigenous Peoples and stakeholders whose voices are heard in the implementation of change.

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