Oil and Gas Operations Act
The Oil and Gas Operations Act governs the exploration, production, processing and
transportation of oil and gas in the onshore of the Northwest Territories. It does not apply to operations on lands that were retained by Canada such as waste sites and the Norman Wells Proven Area.
Further, it does not apply to the Enbridge pipeline, which is a transboundary pipeline that will continue to be regulated by the National Energy Board under the National Energy Board Act.
The purpose of the Oil and Gas Operations Act is to promote safety, protection of the environment, the conservation of oil and gas resources, and joint production agreements. The Oil and Gas Operations Act also empowers the Minister to approve a benefits plan or waive the requirement for such approval. There are seven regulations under the Oil and Gas Operations Act that were mirrored, and a new regulation was made to establish the Regulator as required by the Act.
The Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment administers the Government of the Northwest Territories’ new authorities under the Oil and Gas Operations Act.