Navigating the Appeal Process
When a permit is issued for an oil and gas activity, 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 plans to submit an appeal it is important to forward a notice to the Energy Resource Appeal Tribunal (ERAT), within the 15 days, saying they plan to appeal.
If a landowner does not plan to appeal, they can choose to give their consent in writing to the company before the 15 days has expired so the company may begin the project. They also have the option to allow the 15 days to lapse before the company can begin construction.
Due to the tight timelines for submitting an appeal, if you are a landowner with concerns that have not been addressed and you think the project may soon be approved, you are strongly advised to be aware of the appeal process.
Data resources are available on the BC Energy Regulator 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 Energy Regulator directly.