March 21, 2007 INFORMATION LETTER #OGC 07-07 Subject: Emergency Response Plan Reviews The Oil and Gas Commission (OGC) is implementing a quality control standard for producing and drilling/completion site Emergency Response Plans (ERPs). To support the quality control standard, the OGC will be implementing two new checklists; • one for Producing Site ERPs, and • one for Drilling/Completion ERPs. The new checklists will be used in the review and approval of all ERPs. Process: The OGC will be applying a strict review process. ERPs are reviewed for accuracy and completeness. ERPs containing deficient or inaccurate information are returned to the client for required information. Corrected ERPs are then resubmitted and once again reviewed. Complete ERPs will enter the system in the order submitted. All declinations, revisions, and approval letters will be copied to the operator for their records. The new checklists can be found on our website at: www.ogc.gov.bc.ca/compliance.asp?view=emergency. Requirement: Effective May 1, 2007, the OGC requires that: • The appropriate checklist must be included with all ERP submissions. • Companies confirm that the items on the checklist are included in their ERP by checking them off and indicating on the line provided where the applicable items are found in the ERP. • Completed checklist be signed by a representative of the company responsible and be included with the ERP submission. • Submissions be complete including the full checklist when submitting initial updates regarding existing production ERPs (corporate and site specific). Subsequent updates will require completed checklists only for the portion of the ERP being amended. Note: In the case of a company amalgamation or legal name change it is important to indicate which existing ERP is to be replaced. This eliminates confusion and ensures destruction of the appropriate original. …/2 OFFICE OF THE COMMISSIONER #200, 10003 110 Ave Fort St. John BC V1J 6M7 Ph: (250) 261-5729 Fax: (250) 261-5744 http://www.ogc.gov.bc.ca Ph: (250) 261-5700 24 Hr. Page 2 Important Fax # Change: While the phone and address for the ERP Unit remains the same, due to office moves within the building, the ERP unit’s fax number has changed to 250-787-3400. Please ensure all ERPs are updated with this information. Government and Agency Consultation: In developing an ERP, companies may assign roles and responsibilities to local governments and agencies provided they have consulted with the affected government agencies to align roles and responsibilities before submitting the ERP to the OGC. Local governments include Regional Districts and Municipalities. Information regarding Public Engagement requirements can be found at www.ogc.gov.bc.ca/documents/guidelines/ADR_Guide.pdf. Please ensure that this consultation is completed before submitting your application to the OGC. Any feedback you may have regarding the checklists can be sent in writing to the Corporate & Enforcement Team before July 1, 2007. The feedback received on the checklists will be reviewed again in three months. If you have further questions, please contact: Heidi Elias-Bertrim Emergency Response Technician Oil & Gas Commission Corporate & Enforcement Team Emergency Response Plan Unit Phone: 250-261-2057 Cell: 250-261-8479 Fax: 250-787-3400 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Original signed by Ross Curtis Commissioner OFFICE OF THE COMMISSIONER #200, 10003 110 Ave Fort St. John BC V1J 6M7 Ph: (250) 261-5729 Fax: (250) 261-5744 http://www.ogc.gov.bc.ca Ph: (250) 261-5700 24 Hr.
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