Current British Columbia Regulations and Requirements for Fracturing Operations
The BC Oil and Gas Commission ensures that hydraulic fracturing projects in British Columbia are done safely for the public and the environment. Each division at the Commission plays a key role, whether it is at the application stage, the compliance and enforcement stage or the cleanup stage. Companies must make an application to the Commission for deep well disposal. The Commission reviews these applications to ensure: oil and gas resources are not impacted; the proposed disposal or injection zone is compatible with the disposal fluids; the disposal fluids will remain within the underground formation and the applicant has obtained the necessary rights to the formation. (Updated March 2011)
Directive 2011-02, Changes in Section 8 Short Term Water Use Approvals, March 2, 2011. The BC Oil and Gas Commission has implemented a Short Term Water Use policy as a part of its water management process due to the volumes of water required for the process of fracturing. Access the directive here.
Directive 2010-06, Wellsite Failure Investigation Prompts New Directive for Gas Wellsites in B.C., November 23, 2010. In response to an incident involving internal erosion directly affected by sand return during clean up flow, the following directive was put in place to monitor sand return volumes. Access the directive here.
Safety Advisory 2011-02, Internal Corrosion of Sour Gas Pipelines, January 17, 2011. This safety advisory was issued as a result of the high percentage of pipeline incidents being the result of internal corrosion. Access the safety advirsory here.
Safety Advisory 2010-03, Communication During Fracture Stimulation, May 20, 2010. As a result of the number of incidents which resulted in adjacent wells communicating during fracturing, the following safety advisory was incorporated. Access the safety advirsory here.