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

Act current to 2014-06-12 and last amended on 2014-04-01. Previous Versions

PURPOSE

Marginal note:Purpose

 The purpose of this Act is to promote, in respect of the exploration for and exploitation of oil and gas,

  • (a) safety, particularly by encouraging persons exploring for and exploiting oil or gas to maintain a prudent regime for achieving safety;

  • (b) the protection of the environment;

  • (b.1) the safety of navigation in navigable waters;

  • (c) the conservation of oil and gas resources;

  • (d) joint production arrangements; and

  • (e) economically efficient infrastructures.

  • 1992, c. 35, s. 4;
  • 2007, c. 35, s. 146;
  • 2012, c. 19, s. 117.

APPLICATION

Marginal note:Application

 This Act applies in respect of the exploration and drilling for and the production, conservation, processing and transportation of oil and gas in

  • (a) that part of the onshore that is under the administration of a federal minister,

  • (b) Nunavut,

  • (c) Sable Island,

  • (d) that part — of the internal waters of Canada or the territorial sea of Canada — that is not situated

    • (i) in a province other than the Northwest Territories, or

    • (ii) in that part of the onshore that is not under the administration of a federal minister, and

  • (e) the continental shelf of Canada and the waters superjacent to the seabed of that continental shelf,

other than of oil and gas in the adjoining area, as defined in section 2 of the Yukon Act.

  • R.S., 1985, c. O-7, s. 3;
  • 1993, c. 28, s. 78;
  • 1996, c. 31, s. 93;
  • 1998, c. 5, s. 11, c. 15, ss. 36(E), 49;
  • 2014, c. 2, s. 21.

CHIEF SAFETY OFFICER AND CHIEF CONSERVATION OFFICER

Marginal note:Designation

 The National Energy Board may, for the purposes of this Act, designate a member, officer or employee of the Board to be the Chief Safety Officer and the same or another member, officer or employee of the Board to be the Chief Conservation Officer.

  • 1992, c. 35, s. 5;
  • 1994, c. 10, s. 1.

STATUTORY INSTRUMENTS ACT

Marginal note:Orders

 For greater certainty, an order made by a safety officer, the Chief Safety Officer, a conservation officer, the Chief Conservation Officer, the Committee or the National Energy Board is not a statutory instrument as defined in the Statutory Instruments Act.

  • 1992, c. 35, s. 5;
  • 1994, c. 10, s. 1.

PROHIBITION

Marginal note:Prohibition

 No person shall carry on any work or activity related to the exploration or drilling for or the production, conservation, processing or transportation of oil or gas in any area to which this Act applies unless

  • (a) that person is the holder of an operating licence issued under paragraph 5(1)(a);

  • (b) that person is the holder of an authorization issued, before the commencement of operations, under paragraph 5(1)(b) for each such work or activity; and

  • (c) where it is required, that person is authorized or entitled to carry on business in the place where that person proposes to carry on the work or activity.

  • R.S., 1985, c. O-7, s. 4;
  • R.S., 1985, c. 36 (2nd Supp.), s. 119;
  • 1992, c. 35, s. 6.