The Oil and Gas Commission (OGC) has authority to issue Certificates of Restoration (CoR) for oil and gas non-high priority sites to confirm the permit holder has met all of the Oil and Gas Activities Act (OGAA) and regulatory requirements. Some of the reasons to seek a CoR include: to gain regulatory closure for the site, to reduce liability, to return site to the landowner in acceptable condition, and to release from surface tenure/rental obligations.
A CoR has two components:
Part I – Issued by OGC once a registered professional confirms that a site has been investigated and remediated to meet regulatory requirements under the Environmental Management Act (EMA) to confirm the site has an "environmental clean bill of health"
This is akin to BC MoE issuing a Certificate of Compliance for non-oil and gas sites. SynergyAspen has completed the environmental work to obtain over 120 Part I components to date for clients. SynergyAspen’s expertise in contaminated sites enables us to easily navigate through OGC regulatory requirements to assist in obtaining a Part I for any type of oil and gas site such as a well site, gas plant, or battery.
Part II – Issued by OGC once a registered professional provides evaluation of final reclamation to meet the requirements of OGAA that a site has been returned to its natural state. SynergyAspen has completed over 100 reclamation projects for successful Part IIs for clients. We are able to achieve reclamation site closure and to obtain Part IIs by implementing industry leading initiatives on Crown and agricultural lands, fostering strong relationships with local contractors, and having a thorough understanding of the intricate and evolving regulatory requirements within British Columbia.
Once both parts have been received for a site, a CoR is then issued by OGC, and the release from tenure or rental obligations are removed.