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The Oil and Gas Activity Application Manual is the how-to document for applicants applying for oil and gas and associated activities using the BCER's Application Management System (AMS).

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The Oil and gas Activity Application Manual delivers a complete overview of the various components of applying for oil and gas permits, and is a comprehensive resource for understanding the intricacies of the application and decision-making process for both industry and the BCER. The manual is provided here in its entirety, as well as by chapter and section (below) to simplify access to specific activity information. An Additional Information, Technical Guidelines and Forms button is presented with each chapter providing relevant support materials where necessary. Associated support manuals are provided below.

These documents do not take the place of applicable legislation. Readers are encouraged to refer to the acts and regulations governing their operations, and to seek direction from BCER staff when necessary.

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Chapter 1 - Overview of Oil and Gas Regulations and Application Process

Chapter 1 provides an overview of oil and gas regulations in B.C. and the process of applying for an oil and gas activity permit.

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Chapter 2 - Requirements for First Time Applicants

Chapter 2 provides an overview of the new company registration process and information on applying for a Master Licence to Cut (MLTC).



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Chapter 3 - Application Management System Submission Process

Chapter 3 provides an overview of the steps required to apply for an oil and gas permit using the Commission's Application Management System (AMS).

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Chapter 4 - Completing Activity Details

Divided into 8 sections, Chapter 4 provides overviews of the planning, design and technical requirements for each activity, and how to complete the corresponding activity tabs in AMS.


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Chapter 5 - Completing Application Information

Divided into 8 sections, Chapter 5 provides guidance on how to complete the Application Information tabs that are generated when an activity application is created in AMS.


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Chapter 6 - Requirements for Engagement

Consultation and engagement with land owners, rights holders and First Nations are a few of the Application Information tabs in AMS. Chapter 6 provides detailed instructions on completing the engagement requirements and the associated AMS tabs.


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Chapter 7 - Canadian Energy Regulator Reviewable Projects

This chapter outlines the Canadian Energy Regulator (CER) application process.

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Chapter 8 - Reviews and Appeals

A formal review and appeal process exists to review and revisit decisions made by the BCER. Chapter 8 provides details of the procedures and requirements of the Review Request process.

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Chapter 9 - Permit Management

This chapter discusses permit notifications, terms and expiries, amendments, cancellations, and transfers.

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