BC's Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) and Oil and Gas
Commission (OGC) have entered into a memorandum of understanding
(MOU) intended to streamline environmental assessments and
permitting for liquefied natural gas (LNG) and other reviewable
projects by reducing duplication and improving timelines.
Many oil and gas projects are subject to regulation by both the
EAO and the OGC. Under the MOU, the agencies will coordinate
their respective activities and share information with a view to
making the regulatory regime for LNG projects more efficient and
share information to eliminate the need for companies to submit
the same reports to both agencies;
invite each other to attend meetings with LNG project
proponents, as appropriate;
work with companies to identify opportunities for environmental
assessments with the EAO and permitting reviews with the OGC to run
concurrently, reducing the overall time required to authorize a
project (either under legislated timelines for concurrent
permitting or a flexible synchronous approach that is not subject
to legislated decisions or timelines);
attend meetings together and share information to ensure a
comprehensive ?and respectful approach to First Nations'
conduct joint inspections for a co-ordinated approach to
compliance with environmental assessment certificate and permit
ensure flexibility while leveraging the strengths of each
agency to ensure effective use of resources.
Despite the new collaboration between the EAO and the OGC, the
MOU does not result in the delegation of any authority from one
agency to another or limit the ability of either agency to exercise
discretion under its respective legislation or other applicable
The EAO and the OGC intend to implement the MOU immediately and
will communicate with industry and others about the implications
for of the MOU for the many LNG projects proposed in British
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