Canada Oil and Gas Operations Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. O-7)

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Canada Oil and Gas Operations Act

R.S.C., 1985, c. O-7

An Act respecting oil and gas operations in Canada

SHORT TITLE

Marginal note:Short title

 This Act may be cited as the Canada Oil and Gas Operations Act.

  • R.S., 1985, c. O-7, s. 1;
  • 1992, c. 35, s. 2.

INTERPRETATION

Marginal note:Definitions

 In this Act,

“Accord Acts”

« lois de mise en oeuvre »

“Accord Acts” means

“Agreement”

« accord »

“Agreement” means the Agreement for Coordination and Cooperation in the Management and Administration of Petroleum Resources in the Inuvialuit Settlement Region that was made on June 25, 2013, as amended from time to time.

“Chief Conservation Officer”

« délégué à l’exploitation »

“Chief Conservation Officer” means the person designated as the Chief Conservation Officer under section 3.1;

“Chief Safety Officer”

« délégué à la sécurité »

“Chief Safety Officer” means the person designated as the Chief Safety Officer under section 3.1;

“Committee”

« Comité »

“Committee” means the Oil and Gas Committee established by section 6;

“federal Ministers”

« ministres fédéraux »

“federal Ministers” means the Minister of Natural Resources and the Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development;

“field”

« champ »

“field”

  • (a) means a general surface area underlain or appearing to be underlain by one or more pools, and

  • (b) includes the subsurface regions vertically beneath the general surface area referred to in paragraph (a);

“former regulations”

« anciens règlements »

“former regulations” means the Canada Oil and Gas Land Regulations made pursuant to the Public Lands Grants Act and the Territorial Lands Act and includes orders made pursuant to those Regulations;

“gas”

« gaz »

“gas” means natural gas and includes all substances, other than oil, that are produced in association with natural gas;

“Inuvialuit Settlement Region”

« région désignée des Inuvialuits »

“Inuvialuit Settlement Region” has the same meaning as in section 2 of the Agreement — as defined in section 2 of the Western Arctic (Inuvialuit) Claims Settlement Act — excluding any area in Yukon or in the adjoining area as defined in section 2 of the Yukon Act.

“lease”

« concession »

“lease” means an oil and gas lease issued pursuant to regulations made in accordance with the Territorial Lands Act and the Public Lands Grants Act and includes a production licence issued under the Canada Petroleum Resources Act;

“Minister”

« ministre »

“Minister” means

  • (a) in relation to any area in respect of which the Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development has administrative responsibility for the natural resources therein, the Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, and

  • (b) in relation to any area in respect of which the Minister of Natural Resources has administrative responsibility for the natural resources therein, the Minister of Natural Resources;

“navigable water”

« eaux navigables »

“navigable water” has the same meaning as in section 2 of the Navigation Protection Act;

“oil”

« pétrole »

“oil” means

  • (a) crude petroleum regardless of gravity produced at a well-head in liquid form, and

  • (b) any other hydrocarbons, except coal and gas, including hydrocarbons that may be extracted or recovered from surface or subsurface deposits, including deposits of oil sand, bitumen, bituminous sand, oil shale and other types of deposits;

“onshore”

« région intracôtière »

“onshore” has the same meaning as in section 2 of the Northwest Territories Act;

“permit”

« permis »

“permit” means an exploratory oil and gas permit issued pursuant to regulations made in accordance with the Territorial Lands Act and the Public Lands Grants Act and includes an exploration agreement entered into under the Canada Oil and Gas Land Regulations and any exploration agreement or licence that is subject to the Canada Petroleum Resources Act;

“pipeline”

« pipeline »

“pipeline” means any pipe or any system or arrangement of pipes by which oil, gas or any substance, including water, incidental to the drilling for or production of oil or gas is conveyed from any well-head or other place at which it is produced to any other place, or from any place where it is stored, processed or treated to any other place, and includes all property of any kind used for the purpose of, or in connection with or incidental to, the operation of a pipeline in the gathering, transporting, handling and delivery of the oil, gas or substance and, without restricting the generality of the foregoing, includes offshore installations or vessels, tanks, surface reservoirs, pumps, racks, storage and loading facilities, compressors, compressor stations, pressure measuring and controlling equipment and fixtures, flow controlling and measuring equipment and fixtures, metering equipment and fixtures, and heating, cooling and dehydrating equipment and fixtures, but does not include any pipe or any system or arrangement of pipes that constitutes a distribution system for the distribution of gas to ultimate consumers;

“pool”

« gisement »

“pool” means a natural underground reservoir containing or appearing to contain an accumulation of oil or gas or both oil and gas and being separated or appearing to be separated from any other such accumulation;

“prescribed”

Version anglaise seulement

“prescribed” means prescribed by regulations made by the Governor in Council;

“Provincial Minister”

« ministre provincial »

“Provincial Minister” means the Provincial Minister within the meaning of either of the Accord Acts;

“straddling resource”

« ressource chevauchante »

“straddling resource” means a pool or field that the National Energy Board determines under section 48.02

  • (a) is wholly or partly in the Inuvialuit Settlement Region, other than in Inuvialuit lands as defined in Article 2.1 of the Agreement, and

  • (b) straddles the offshore, as defined in section 48.01, and the onshore;

“well”

« puits »

“well” means any opening in the ground, not being a seismic shot hole, that is made, to be made or is in the process of being made, by drilling, boring or other method,

  • (a) for the production of oil or gas,

  • (b) for the purpose of searching for or obtaining oil or gas,

  • (c) for the purpose of obtaining water to inject into an underground formation,

  • (d) for the purpose of injecting gas, air, water or other substance into an underground formation, or

  • (e) for any purpose, if made through sedimentary rocks to a depth of at least one hundred and fifty metres.

  • R.S., 1985, c. O-7, s. 2;
  • R.S., 1985, c. 36 (2nd Supp.), s. 118;
  • 1992, c. 35, s. 3;
  • 1994, c. 41, s. 37;
  • 2007, c. 35, s. 145;
  • 2012, c. 19, s. 116, c. 31, s. 349;
  • 2014, c. 2, s. 20.