Consultation: Proposed British Columbia equivalency agreement with the Federal Methane Regulations

This consultation is about the proposed equivalency agreement with the province of British Columbia on the Regulations Respecting Reduction in the Release of Methane and Certain Volatile Organic Compounds (Upstream Oil and Gas Sector) (the Federal Methane Regulations).

As of January 1, 2020, considering the coming into force of the B.C. Reg. 286/2018 and of section 13 of Bill 56- 2018: Oil and Gas Activities Amendment Act, S.B.C., 2018, c. 54, amending and adding sections 61.1 to 61.4 to the Oil and Gas Activities Act, the parties agree that there are provisions in Oil and Gas Activities Act and the Drilling and Production Regulation, under the laws of British Columbia that are equivalent to the relevant provisions of the CEPA and the federal methane regulations, for the purposes of Section 10 of the CEPA, by reason of the fact that certain criteria have been met.

Click here to view the full equivalency agreement.

The Government of Canada would like to engage with:

  • Indigenous peoples

  • provincial, territorial and local governments

  • industry stakeholders and association members

  • non-governmental organizations

  • the general public

Comments on the proposed equivalency agreement can be provided in writing by May 31, 2019.

You can send your feedback on the said equivalency agreement to

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