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

Act current to 2014-10-15 and last amended on 2014-04-01. Previous Versions

Marginal note:Regulations
  •  (1) The Governor in Council may, for purposes related to navigation, on the joint recommendation of the Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and the Minister of Transport, make regulations respecting sections or parts of pipelines that pass in, on, over, under, through or across any navigable water in any area in respect of which the Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development has administrative responsibility for natural resources, including regulations respecting the design, construction, operation and abandonment of those pipelines and the issuance of authorizations under paragraph 5(1)(b) in respect of their construction or operation.

  • Marginal note:Regulations

    (2) The Governor in Council may, for purposes related to navigation, on the joint recommendation of the Minister of Natural Resources and the Minister of Transport, make regulations respecting sections or parts of pipelines that pass in, on, over, under, through or across any navigable waters in any area in respect of which the Minister of Natural Resources has administrative responsibility for natural resources, including regulations respecting the design, construction, operation and abandonment of those pipelines and the issuance of authorizations under paragraph 5(1)(b) in respect of their construction or operation.

  • 2012, c. 19, s. 119.
Marginal note:Existing terms and conditions

 Terms and conditions imposed at any time before the coming into force of this section in relation to an approval given under the Navigation Protection Act in respect of a pipeline, in respect of which an authorization has been issued under paragraph 5(1)(b), apply as if they were requirements determined by the National Energy Board to be requirements to which the authorization is subject.

  • 2012, c. 19, s. 119, c. 31, s. 349.

Safety of Works and Activities

Marginal note:Safety

 The National Energy Board shall, before issuing an authorization for a work or activity referred to in paragraph 5(1)(b), consider the safety of the work or activity by reviewing, in consultation with the Chief Safety Officer, the system as a whole and its components, including its installations, equipment, operating procedures and personnel.

  • 1992, c. 35, s. 8;
  • 1994, c. 10, s. 15.

Financial Responsibility

Marginal note:Compliance with subsection 27(1)

 The National Energy Board shall, before issuing an authorization for a work or activity referred to in paragraph 5(1)(b), ensure that the applicant has complied with the requirements of subsection 27(1) in respect of that work or activity.

  • 1992, c. 35, s. 8;
  • 1994, c. 10, s. 15.

Development Plan Approval

Marginal note:Approval of general approach of development
  •  (1) No approval that is

    • (a) applicable to an authorization under paragraph 5(1)(b) to carry on work or activity in relation to developing a pool or field, and

    • (b) prescribed for the purposes of this subsection

     shall be granted unless the National Energy Board, on application submitted in accordance with subsection (2), has approved a development plan relating to the pool or field pursuant to subsection (4).

  • Marginal note:Application and submission of development plan

    (2) For the purposes of subsection (1), an application for the approval of a development plan shall be submitted to the National Energy Board in the form and containing the information fixed by the National Energy Board, at such time and in such manner as may be prescribed, together with the proposed development plan in the form and containing the information described in subsection (3).

  • Marginal note:Development plan in two parts

    (3) A development plan relating to the proposed development of a pool or field submitted pursuant to this section shall be set out in two parts, containing

    • (a) in Part I, a description of the general approach of developing the pool or field, and in particular, information, in such detail as may be prescribed, with respect to

      • (i) the scope, purpose, location, timing and nature of the proposed development,

      • (ii) the production rate, evaluations of the pool or field, estimated amounts of oil or gas proposed to be recovered, reserves, recovery methods, production monitoring procedures, costs and environmental factors in connection with the proposed development, and

      • (iii) the production system and any alternative production systems that could be used for the development of the pool or field; and

    • (b)  in Part II, all technical or other information and proposals, as may be prescribed, necessary for a comprehensive review and evaluation of the proposed development.

  • Marginal note:Approval of development plan

    (4) After reviewing an application and development plan submitted pursuant to this section, the National Energy Board may approve the development plan, subject to the consent of the Governor in Council in relation to Part I of the development plan and any requirements that the Board considers appropriate or that may be prescribed.

  • Marginal note:Approval of amendment to plan

    (5) Where a development plan has been approved pursuant to subsection (4),

    • (a) no amendment of the development plan shall be made unless it is approved by the National Energy Board and, in the case of an amendment to Part I of the development plan, the Governor in Council consents to the approval; and

    • (b) any requirement that the approval is subject to may be amended by the National Energy Board but, if the requirement relates to Part I of the development plan, it may only be amended with the consent of the Governor in Council.

  • Marginal note:Application of certain provisions

    (6) Subsections (1) to (5) apply, with such modifications as the circumstances require, with respect to a proposed amendment to a development plan or to any requirement that the approval of the plan is subject to.

  • Marginal note:Straddling resources — approval

    (6.1) Despite subsection (4), the National Energy Board may approve a development plan in relation to developing a straddling resource, subject to

    • (a) the consent of the Governor in Council and the Executive Council of the Northwest Territories in relation to Part I of the plan; and

    • (b) any requirements that the Board considers appropriate or that may be prescribed.

  • Marginal note:No consent

    (6.2) If the Governor in Council and the Executive Council of the Northwest Territories do not consent in relation to Part I of the plan, the Minister or the Government of the Northwest Territories may notify the other of their intention to refer the matter to an independent expert for a decision in accordance with section 48.095.

  • Marginal note:Expert’s decision

    (6.3) The expert’s decision in relation to the development plan is deemed to be a development plan that is approved by the National Energy Board and in relation to Part I of the plan is deemed to be one that is consented to by the Governor in Council and the Executive Council of the Northwest Territories.

  • Marginal note:Amendment

    (6.4) If a development plan is approved under subsection (6.1) or deemed to be approved under subsection (6.3), no amendment is to be made to the plan unless it is approved by the National Energy Board and, in the case of an amendment to Part I of the plan, consented to by the Governor in Council and the Executive Council of the Northwest Territories.

  • Marginal note:Amendment — application of subsections (6.1) to (6.4)

    (6.5) Subsections (6.1) to (6.4) apply, with any modifications that the circumstances require, in respect of a proposed amendment to a development plan.

  • R.S., 1985, c. 36 (2nd Supp.), s. 121;
  • 1992, c. 35, s. 9;
  • 1994, c. 10, ss. 4, 15;
  • 2014, c. 2, s. 23.