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Free Access to CSA Standards

Canadians now have free, online access to important technical standards meant to keep pipelines safe. The BC Energy Regulator (BCER) is part of a group of energy regulators in western Canada that worked on the initiative, providing free access to several CSA safety standards, including CSA Z662, the main safety standard for designing, building and operating pipelines in Canada.

Visit the CSA Group website to find the list of standards now available to download at no fee: Petroleum & Natural Gas Standards - CSA Group Follow these instructions to get started.

Treaty 8 Agreements - Halfway River First Nation

The Province and Halfway River First Nation are co-developing details of a cumulative effects framework that will help guide development in Halfway territory moving forward.

A bulletin has been released with information related to oil and gas development. Future bulletins will be focused on other natural resource sectors. For additional information, see the Province's page on Halfway River First Nation.

2023/24 - 2025-26 Service Plan published

The British Columbia Energy Regulator's (BCER) service plan, which outlines strategic priorities for the organization, was published Feb.28, 2023.

BRFN Agreement - Rules for Oil and Gas Development

Following the provincial announcement on Jan. 18, 2023 of an implementation agreement (Agreement) with Blueberry River First Nations (BRFN), the BC Energy Regulator (BCER) and Ministry of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation (Ministry) are jointly releasing further information about the Agreement and specific to the petroleum and natural gas industry.

In order to provide early guidance and information to the oil and gas sector, the BCER has posted a summary of Rules for Oil and Gas Development.

Proposed Amendment to CSA Standard regarding LNG Production, Storage, and Handling

CSA Group has posted for public review a proposed amendment to CSA Z276-22: Liquefied natural gas (LNG) - Production, storage, and handling. Feedback is open until February 11, 2023.

Fee, Levy and Security Regulation

The BCER’s Regulatory team is currently seeking input on the development of changes to the Fee, Levy and Security Regulation for hydrogen, methanol and ammonia production pending the government’s implementation of an expanded mandate for the Regulator. Feedback is open until Jan. 31, 2023. Please visit the Regulatory Update page to provide your feedback.

Land Owner's Information Guide

The Land Owner's Information Guide for Oil and Gas Activities in British Columbia describes petroleum, natural gas, and geothermal exploration, development, and production with respect to rights and interests surrounding proposed and permitted oil and gas activities on or near private or Crown land.

Click here to read the Guide, or head over to the Resources page to learn more about how we consult with land owners and rights holders.

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