Bill 37 Act to Amend the Oil and Gas Operations Act
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This Bill amends the current Oil and Gas Operations Act. It clarifies the delegatory powers of the Minister and Regulator. It provides greater authority to the Regulatory to issue guidelines and conduct public hearings. It requires that the Minister tables an annual report on the Regulator’s activities. Greater information disclosure is required, and clearer obligations of the Minister and Regulator to maintain information confidentiality are outlined. Proof of financial responsibility for authorization holders is also clarified.
Status: In standing committee
Legislative Assembly Building, Committee Room A
Public hearing dates:
Midnight Sun Complex
Melnyk Hall, Royal Canadian Legion Canol Branch #287
This Bill amends the Oil and Gas Operations Act to:
clarify the authority of the Minister and the Regulator to delegate to a person the powers, duties and functions assigned to each of them;
expand the authority of the Regulator to issue
guidelines and interpretation notes;
allow the Regulator to conduct public hearings and specify the powers the Regulator may exercise
in the conduct of the hearings;
require the Minister to table an annual report on the activities of the Regulator;
require the disclosure of greater amounts of
information and clarify the obligations of the Minister and the Regulator with respect to the confidentiality of information received by either of them; and
clarify the requirements surrounding proof of financial responsibility for holders of authorizations.
The Hansard is the daily printed record of the proceedings of the Legislative Assembly of the NWT Scroll to page 34 for MLA comments on Bill 37 at second reading
Early in the legislative process, the government department sponsoring the bill compiles the results of their preliminary public consultation efforts into one or more reports. These reports may include an engagement or discussion paper and a What We Heard report which are often published on a webpage with additional resources for public engagement.
Prior to the Bill being brought to Standing Committee, the department sponsoring the Bill accepts submissions from various stakeholders on the proposed content and scope of the Bill. These stakeholders include non-governmental organization, individuals, and businesses. Submissions from the non-governmental organizations involved in the creation of this website are below.
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