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Canadian Environmental Regulations for Oil & Gas

Canadian Environmental Regulations for Oil & Gas

“On June 1, 1963, Alberta became the first province in Canada to pass legislation specifically focused on land reclamation. The Surface Reclamation Act created a legal obligation to reclaim disturbed land in the surveyed part of the province. In 1969, the Public Lands Act was amended to allow the Alberta government to issue reclamation orders and reclamation certificates for public lands not covered by the Surface Reclamation Act.” A study by the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers measured Canada’s stringency, transparency and compliance amongst the full life cycle of a major oil and gas project. Measured along with 10 other oil producing jurisdictions, Canada, along with Queensland, Australia, and the Gulf Coast of the USA were the top performer in all three categories for environmental regulations. These categories look at how comprehensive the laws are, how easy it is for the public to find the information and what are the rules and penalties for compliance.
“Projects in Alberta requiring government approval may be reviewed at both a provincial and federal level. When a proposed project is required to undergo both a provincial and federal environmental impact assessment (EIA), the two governments cooperate to minimize overlap. The EIA may be examined by numerous agencies. On average, approximately 10 major project applications requiring an EIA are reviewed by each regulator in a year. Continuous monitoring of water and air emissions is common in Alberta. Routine inspections and audits take place and non-compliance events are tracked and reported by the government. Regulatory non-compliance under Alberta legislation could result in stop work orders, financial penalties, community service, suspensions and/or cancellation of permits. The details of regulatory infractions are made available to the public.
Alberta legislation requires that closure plans be submitted during a project application and bond or financial security against end-of-life facility liability is also required. The closure process is transparent with closure plans available to the public and remediation and reclamation efforts reported to stakeholders. Once ecological trends are achieved, a company can apply for reclamation certification.” Perisson Petroleum leverages assets worldwide to build diversity, but their primary concern is at home, in the oil fields of Alberta. Their vision makes the current state of the energy market a fertile ground for development — in assets and in professional talent. Perisson has four major areas in Southern Alberta, each with its own distinct advantages. Development of these areas means investment in Alberta’s economy: creating jobs, generating revenue and improving the province’s oil & gas industry.


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Laura Garet

Laura is 8020 Connect’s Client Communications & Social Media Specialist. In 2014, She received her Bachelor of Communications in Information Design from Mount Royal University in Calgary, Alberta. After a couple brief positions in other marketing roles, Laura has found her home with 8020.

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