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Canada Oil and Gas Operations Act

Version of section 14 from 2019-08-28 to 2024-04-01:


Marginal note:Governor in Council’s regulatory power

  •  (1) The Governor in Council may, for the purposes of safety, the protection of the environment, and accountability as well as for the production and conservation of oil and gas resources, make regulations

    • (a) defining oil and gas, for the purposes of Parts I and II, installation and equipment for the purposes of sections 5.11 and 5.12 and “serious” for the purposes of section 28;

    • (b) concerning the exploration and drilling for, and the production, processing and transportation of, oil or gas in any area to which this Act applies and works and activities related to such exploration, drilling, production, processing and transportation;

    • (b.1) concerning the measures to be taken in preparation for or in the case of a spill, as defined in subsection 24(1), including measures concerning the use of a spill-treating agent;

    • (b.2) concerning the process for the determination of net environmental benefit;

    • (b.3) concerning the variation or revocation of an approval referred to in paragraph 25.1(1)(b);

    • (c) authorizing the Commission of the Canadian Energy Regulator, or any person, to make such orders as may be specified in the regulations and to exercise such powers and perform such duties as may be necessary for

      • (i) the management and control of oil or gas production,

      • (ii) the removal of oil or gas from the areas to which this Act applies, and

      • (iii) the design, construction, operation or abandonment of pipeline within the areas to which this Act applies;

    • (d) concerning arbitrations for the purposes of subsection 5.01(2) including the costs of or incurred in relation to such arbitrations;

    • (e) concerning the approvals to be granted as conditions of authorizations issued under paragraph 5(1)(b);

    • (f) concerning certificates for the purposes of section 5.12;

    • (g) prohibiting the introduction into the environment of substances, classes of substances and forms of energy in prescribed circumstances;

    • (h) authorizing the discharge, emission or escape of oil or gas for the purposes of subsection 24(1), in such quantities, at such locations, under such conditions and by such persons as may be specified in the regulations;

    • (h.1) establishing the requirements for a pooled fund for the purposes of subsection 27(1.01);

    • (h.2) concerning the circumstances under which the Commission of the Canadian Energy Regulator may make a recommendation for the purposes of subsection 27.1(1) and the information to be submitted with respect to that recommendation;

    • (h.3) concerning the creation, conservation and production of records; and

    • (i) prescribing anything that is required to be prescribed for the purposes of this Act.

  • Marginal note:Incorporation of standards or specifications

    (2) Unless otherwise provided in this Act, regulations made under subsection (1) may incorporate by reference the standards or specifications of any government, person or organization, either as they read at a fixed time or as amended from time to time.

  • Marginal note:Spill-treating agents

    (3) Regulations made under subsection (1) respecting a spill-treating agent shall be made on the recommendation of the federal Ministers and the Minister of the Environment.

  • R.S., 1985, c. O-7, s. 14
  • R.S., 1985, c. 36 (2nd Supp.), s. 122
  • 1992, c. 35, s. 14
  • 1994, c. 10, s. 7
  • 2015, c. 4, s. 14
  • 2019, c. 28, s. 142

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