Regulations

Individual Canadian Province/Territory Regulations

Alberta, Canada Upstream Oil and Gas Authorizations and Consultation Guide (2010)

Upstream Oil and Gas Authorizations and Consultation Guide, Alberta Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB), October 26, 2010.  The guide is a central reference tool that identifies common authorizations—approvals, licences, dispositions, permits and registrations— required from the Alberta Energy, Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB), Alberta Environment and Alberta Sustainable Resource Development for the development of upstream oil and gas activities. The scope of the guide includes conventional and unconventional oil and gas developments and activities, including in-situ oil sands but not including mineable oil sands projects.

Individual Canadian Province/Territory Regulatory Progress Statements

Alberta, Canada

Regulations and Legislation | The Alberta Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB) frequently publishes announcements, or "Bulletins" to inform the energy industry and the public of an ERCB activity, such as a consultation, new regulatory requirements, a new program, or electronic submission of data. Bulletins may announce but do not set out ERCB requirements. ERCB requirements are detailed in Acts and Regulations, Directives, Informational Letters, and Interim Directives. As of January 1, 2008 EUB Bulletins become ERCB Bulletins. (Updated November 2010)

Saskatchewan, Canada

Regulations | Legislation. Regulatory requirements related to the collection, validation, monitoring, and dissemination of oil, gas, water, and liquid petroleum gas production, disposition, sales, marketing and other data, is governed by The Oil and Gas Conservation Act and The Oil and Gas Conservation Regulations, 1985.

Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada

Onshore regulations | Offshore regulations | Onshore legislation | Offshore legislation. Newfoundland and Labrador’s onshore and offshore oil and gas resources are regulated by two different systems. Offshore petroleum resources are jointly managed by the Government of Canada and the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador through the Canada-Newfoundland Offshore Petroleum Board (C-NLOPB). Resource development onshore is regulated solely by the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador through the Petroleum and Natural Gas Act.   

British Columbia, Canada

Oil and Gas Activities Act | Petroleum and Natural Gas Act | Regulations under the Oil and Gas Activities Act . The British Columbia Oil and Gas Commission (Commission) is an independent, single-window regulatory agency with responsibilities for overseeing oil and gas operatons in British Columbia, including exploration, development, pipeline transportation and reclamation.

Federal Regulations

30 CFR Part 250 (October 14, 2010)

Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE). 30 CFR Part 250 (October 14, 2010) -- Open for Comment through December 13, 2010. Oil and Gas and Sulphur Operations in the Outer Continental Shelf--Increased Safety Measures for Energy Development on the Outer Continental Shelf. Interim Final Rule with Request for Comments.

Department of the Interior Fact Sheets Summarizing Recent Offshore Oil and Gas Drilling Reforms (2010)

US Department of the Interior, October 2010. The Department of the Interior issued a series of fact sheets summarizing recent offshore oil and gas reforms: Drilling Safety Rules, Offshore Oil and Gas Drilling Reforms, Workplace Safety Reform.

Individual State Regulations

Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission Rules

Download a copy of the COGCC Complete Rules, May 2009, below.

Kansas General Rules and Regulations

Download a full copy of General Rules for the Conservation of Crude Oil and Natural Gas (February 2010) below.

California Laws for Conservation of Petroleum & Gas

Download a copy of California Laws for Conservation of Petroleum & Gas (January 2009) below.

Arkansas Oil and Gas Commission General Rules and Regulations

Download a copy of Arkansas Oil and Gas Commission General Rules and Regulations (August 2009) below.

Alaska Title 31. Oil and Gas

Download Alaska Title 31. Oil and Gas, Chapter 31.05 Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Act below.

Model Statutes

IOGCC Model Statute and Fieldwide Unitization Reference (1999).

IOGCC Model Statute and Fieldwide Unitization Reference (1999). Developed by the Unitization - Horizontal Drilling Subcommittee of the Energy Resources, Research and Technical Committee, this model statute was written in response to emergent and new technological developments in horizontal drilling.