A Delegation Agreement between the Agricultural Land Commission (ALC) and the BC Energy Regulator (BCER) authorizes the BCER to make decisions for oil and gas activity applications within the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) that are not for farm use. Note that the Delegation Agreement only applies to oil and gas activities within the Peace River Regional District and Northern Rockies Regional Municipality.
Oil and gas companies must complete and submit a Schedule A report with their application to the BCER. The report serves a few purposes. It establishes a baseline assessment of the land before development begins and is used to plan how the activity will be managed to minimize agricultural impacts. The Schedule A report must include:
- Area Assessment, which documents current land resource and agricultural use in the area of the application and helps plan the activity location to minimize agricultural impacts;
- Pre-development Site Assessment, which documents baseline site information for soil management and reclamation planning;
- Recommendations for Soil Conservation and Surface Water Management are based on an analysis of planned development using the baseline site assessment; and
- Reclamation Planning, which is considered to be a preliminary reclamation plan.
Landowners are directly affected by the proposed developments and must be consulted about construction methods and reclamation plans while preparing the Schedule A report. All Schedule A reports must be prepared and signed by a Professional Agrologist registered with the British Columbia Institute of Agrologists.
The full Schedule A requirement is available on pages 15-22 of the OGC-ALC Delegation Agreement.
The following Question and Answer document gives additional information on the ALR, the Delegation Agreement, reclamation and reporting requirements.
The intent of the Schedule B report is to ensure the soil, topography and vegetation of surface leases and pipelines are restored to an equivalent condition and capability after wells have been decommissioned and pipelines have been installed.
Where reclamation is being declared as complete, a company must include the following with their Schedule B report:
- Soil assessment
- Topographic Assessment
- Revegetation Assessment
- A summary that includes comments on where criteria have not been met and if this will have a negative impact on the use of the land for agriculture and what should be done to remedy the problem. Landowner comments or requests should be included.
A more itemized list of requirements of the full Schedule B report can be found on pages 23-30 of the OGC-ALC Delegation Agreement.
The Schedule A report is to be provided to the directly impacted landowner during the application phase, while the Schedule B report is provided to the directly impacted landowner once reclamation assessment has been completed.