Government of British Columbia

Government of British Columbia

September 25, 2009 11:00 ET

Government of British Columbia: Oil and Gas Industry Reaches Out to Community

DAWSON CREEK, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Sept. 25, 2009) -

NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release

2009EMPR0016-000405

September 25, 2009

Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources

OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY REACHES OUT TO COMMUNITY

DAWSON CREEK - The Province, in collaboration with the oil and gas industry and local communities, has created a package of programs designed to improve industry and resident relations, announced Blair Lekstrom, Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources.

"While the industry brings jobs, infrastructure and economic development to the area, it also creates increased traffic, dust, noise, environmental and maintenance concerns," said Lekstrom. "These programs and regulations will help to address these issues that are so important to residents, and I am pleased at the effort made by industry and local communities to come together and work for the benefit of everyone."

Several program and regulatory areas, including a fulfilment of those announced earlier this year, have been developed.

The Oil and Gas Commission will be extending the program to further eliminate or minimize well test and clean-up flares by:

- Requiring pipeline construction prior to the completion of a well to ensure gathering systems are in place for inline testing rather than flaring where possible.

- Enhancing facility design to ensure inline testing.

"I am pleased that we are on target to exceed our interim goal of reducing routine flaring by 50 per cent by 2011 and are on our way to fully realizing the elimination goal by 2016," said Lekstrom. "Since 2007, as a result of our initiatives, industry has reduced routine flaring by 26.5 per cent while ensuring safety remains the top priority."

Living Together - Working Together

This voluntary community-based initiative will help address local area concerns related to oil and gas activity such as traffic safety, speed control, dust, noise and roadway maintenance related to oil and gas activity. Several oil and gas companies operating in the Montney Play region of B.C. have made a public commitment to adhere to the Living Together - Working Together guiding principles and are listed on the related website at www.empr.gov.bc.ca/MACR/LivingTogetherWorkingTogether/Pages/default.aspx#top.

Further information on Flaring, Incinerating and Venting Reduction Annual Report is available at the Oil and Gas Commission's website at http://www.ogc.gov.bc.ca/.

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Contact Information

  • Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources
    Jake Jacobs
    Public Affairs Officer
    250 952-0628 or 250 213-6934 (cell)
    www.gov.bc.ca