Marginal note:Waste by failure to utilize gas or to use appropriate recovery methods
163. (1) When the Chief Conservation Officer on reasonable grounds is of the opinion that waste as defined in paragraph 159(2)(f) or (g) is occurring in the recovery of petroleum from a pool, the Chief Conservation Officer may apply to the Committee for an order requiring the operators within the pool to show cause at a hearing to be held on a day specified in the order why the Committee should not make a direction in respect thereof.
(2) On the day specified in the order under subsection (1), the Committee shall hold a hearing at which the Chief Conservation Officer, the operators and other interested persons shall be given an opportunity to be heard.
- 1988, c. 28, s. 163;
- 1992, c. 35, s. 108(F).
164. (1) If, after the hearing referred to in section 163, the Committee is of the opinion that waste as defined in paragraph 159(2)(f) or (g) is occurring in the recovery of petroleum from a pool, the Committee may, by order,
(a) direct the introduction of a scheme for the collection, processing, disposition or reinjection of any gas produced from such pool, or
(b) direct repressurizing, recycling or pressure maintenance for the pool or any part of the pool and for, or incidental to such purpose, direct the introduction or injection into that pool, or part thereof, of gas, water or other substance,
and the order may further direct that the pool or part thereof specified in the order be shut in if the requirements of the order are not met or unless a scheme is approved by the Committee and in operation by a date fixed by the order.
Marginal note:Continuation pending approval of scheme
(2) Notwithstanding subsection (1), the Committee may permit the continued operation of a pool or any part of a pool after the date fixed by an order under subsection (1) if in the opinion of the Committee a scheme for the repressurizing, recycling or pressure maintenance or the processing, storage or disposal of gas is in course of preparation, but any such continuation of operations is subject to any conditions imposed by the Committee.
Spills and Debris
Definition of “spill”
165. (1) In sections 166 to 170, “spill” means a discharge, emission or escape of petroleum, other than one that is authorized under subsection 166.5(1), the regulations or any other federal law. It does not include a discharge from a vessel to which Part 8 or 9 of the Canada Shipping Act, 2001 applies or from a ship to which Part 6 of the Marine Liability Act applies.
Definition of “actual loss or damage”
(2) In section 167, “actual loss or damage” includes loss of income, including future income, and, with respect to any Aboriginal peoples of Canada, loss of hunting, fishing and gathering opportunities. It does not include loss of income recoverable under subsection 42(3) of the Fisheries Act.
Definition of “debris”
(3) In sections 167 to 168 and 170, “debris” means any installation or structure that was put in place in the course of any work or activity required to be authorized under paragraph 142(1)(b) and that has been abandoned without an authorization that may be required by or under this Part, or any material that has broken away or been jettisoned or displaced in the course of any of that work or activity.
(4) Her Majesty in right of Canada incurs no liability whatever to any person arising out of the authorization by regulations made by the Governor in Council of any discharge, emission or escape of petroleum.
- 1988, c. 28, s. 165;
- 1992, c. 35, s. 110;
- 2001, c. 6, s. 111, c. 26, ss. 281, 324;
- 2015, c. 4, s. 93.
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