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Flaring and Air Quality

Flaring is the release and disposal of gas through a flare stack during the production and processing of oil and gas activities. This is waste gas that cannot be processed or sold.

Flaring can take place during:

  • Drilling
  • Completions
  • Well testing
  • Production
  • De-pressuring of processing equipment or pipelines
  • Waste management at facilities

If you notice a flare stack producing black smoke for five minutes or more during any consecutive two hours, you should report it to the BC Energy Regulator’s Concerns and Complaints number: 250-794-5200. Be prepared to provide details regarding the site location.

More information is available in this Flaring and Air Quality Fact Sheet. You can also read more about air quality monitoring systems set up throughout the province.

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