Marginal note:Drilling orders
33. (1) Subject to subsections (2) to (4), the Minister may, at any time after making a declaration of significant discovery, by order subject to section 106, require the interest owner of any interest in relation to any portion of the significant discovery area to drill a well on any portion of the significant discovery area that is subject to that interest, in accordance with such directions as may be set out in the order, and to commence the drilling within one year after the making of the order or within such longer period as the Minister specifies in the order.
(2) No order may be made under subsection (1) with respect to any interest owner who has completed a well on the relevant frontier lands within six months prior to the making of the order.
(3) No order may be made under subsection (1) within the three years immediately following the well termination date of the well indicating the relevant significant discovery.
(4) No order made under subsection (1) may require an interest owner to drill more than one well at a time on the relevant frontier lands.
Marginal note:Definition of “well termination date”
(5) For the purposes of subsection (3), “well termination date” means the date on which a well has been abandoned, completed or suspended in accordance with any applicable drilling regulations.
Marginal note:Information may be disclosed
34. (1) The Minister may, notwithstanding section 101, provide information or documentation relating to a significant discovery to any interest owner who requires such information or documentation to assist the interest owner in complying with an order made under subsection 33(1).
(2) An interest owner shall not disclose any information or documentation provided to that interest owner under subsection (1) except to the extent necessary to enable the interest owner to comply with an order made under subsection 33(1).
Marginal note:Application for declaration of commercial discovery
35. (1) Where a commercial discovery has been made on any frontier lands that are subject to an interest or a share therein held in accordance with section 23, the National Energy Board shall, on the application of the interest holder of the interest or the share, made in the form and manner and containing such information as may be prescribed, make a written declaration of commercial discovery in relation to those frontier lands in respect of which there are reasonable grounds to believe that the commercial discovery may extend.
Marginal note:Declaration on initiative of National Energy Board
(2) Where a commercial discovery has been made on any frontier lands, the National Energy Board may, by order, make a declaration of commercial discovery in relation to those frontier lands in respect of which there are reasonable grounds to believe that the commercial discovery may extend.
Marginal note:Application of certain provisions
(3) Subsections 28(3), (4) and (5) apply, with such modifications as the circumstances require, with respect to a declaration made pursuant to subsection (1) or (2).
(4) The procedures described in section 28.2 of the National Energy Board Act apply to the making, amendment or revocation of a declaration under this section.
(5) The National Energy Board may delegate any of its powers under this section to a member, officer or employee of the Board, who shall exercise the powers in accordance with the terms of the delegation.
- R.S., 1985, c. 36 (2nd Supp.), s. 35;
- 1994, c. 10, s. 17.
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