Navigating the Appeal Process
When a permit for oil and gas activity is issued, a notice is sent to the person on whose land the activity will take place. The letter will indicate the permit has been issued and the location of the activity. The letter must also advise the landowner they have 15 days to appeal the permit.
If a landowner intends to submit their appeal, it is important they forward notice to the Oil and Gas Appeals Tribunal (OGAT) regarding their intention to do so within the 15 days.
If a landowner does not intend to appeal, they can choose to provide consent in writing to the company before the 15 days has expired so the company may begin the project or they may allow the 15 days to lapse before the company can begin construction.
Due to the tight timelines for submitting an appeal, landowners are strongly advised to review the process if they are aware of an activity with outstanding concerns that may be near the approval stage of the permitting process.
Data resources are available on the BC Oil and Gas Commission website to determine the status of an application. If you would like help navigating this process, be sure to contact the Farmers Information Service or the BC Oil and Gas Commission directly.