Sending Written Concerns to the Company for Provincially Regulated Projects
An oil and gas company must complete a formal engagement process, referred to as “consultation and notification”, before sending their application to the BC Energy Regulator. Landowners and rightsholders who are within the closest proximity to the activity will receive an invitation to consult. Those who are further away from the activity but may still be impacted, will receive letters of notification. The type of information required in either an invitation to consult or a notification letter can be found in sections 19 and 20 of the Requirements for Consultation and Notification Regulation.
A landowner or rightsholder has 30 days to respond to the company with any concerns they have on the project. Those who have received an invitation to consult also have the option to request a meeting with the company to discuss their concerns.
It is important for landowners and rightsholders to take the opportunity to document how they might be affected by the activity. Sending a response in writing to the company is one option to have their concerns noted and considered during the time the application is being reviewed.
Once the 30 days are up, landowners also have the option to send their concerns to the BC Energy Regulator through the written submission form (see Sending Concerns to the BC Energy Regulator). Both forms of written concerns are considered equally by the BC Energy Regulator during the application review process.