who we are
The Farmers’ Advocacy Office has the primary goal of equipping land owners to deal in their own best interests in the negotiation of surface leases and rights of way associated with the oil and gas industry.
what you’ll find
before you sign a surface lease…
The Farmers’ Advocacy Office is finding that many surface leases do NOT comply with BC Law. Before signing surface lease documents, make sure the lease document complies with the Surface Lease Regulation B.C. Reg. 497/74.
Be on guard for land agents with ‘questionable ethics’
Read the recent article from AlbertaFarmExpress.ca titled “Be on guard for land agents with ‘questionable ethics’”
2015 Petroleum and Natural Gas Act
Report by Rachelle Tink
Rachelle Tink, UBC student in the Bachelor of Business in Real Estate Program, and Appraisal Institute of Canada candidate, works at Aspen Grove Property Services as an appraiser during summer breaks. Rachelle prepared an assignment for a Technical Writing course, which we think is an interesting and informative read for land owners in the Peace Country.
2015 Petroleum and Natural Gas Act Report – Rachelle Tink
Enjoy the article, and be sure to contact the Farmers’ Advocacy Office at 250-782-1233 with any of your surface lease or right of way questions.
Surface Lease Taxes in Arrears?
Oct 22, 2014
We have had a number of enquiries from landowners who have received a copy of a property tax arrears notice from the BC Surveyor of Taxes, for well sites on their land.
This is a concern because it may indicate that the oil and gas company is in financial trouble. Here are two facts that we have confirmed with the Surveyor of Taxes:
- The land owner will not be liable for the outstanding taxes because the asset being taxed is not a fee simple asset, it is a lease.
- There will be no collection action against rural land owners.
There is cause for concern if a company is in financial difficulty. A landowner needs to be aware in case a company abandons its operations, so that recourse can be sought through the Oil and Gas Commission’s Orphan Fund for clean-up and removal.
If you have paid tax arrears or penalties this year, seek a refund from the Surveyor of Taxes at your Government Agent’s office.
Fort St. John: 250-787-3350 Dawson Creek: 250-784-2224 Chetwynd: 250-788-2239
This is a Public Service Notice from the Farmers’ Advocacy Office
10300-10th St., Dawson Creek, BC V1G 3T6
PSAC Completes Hydraulic Fracturing Code of Conduct
Farmers Advocacy Office staff attended community engagement sessions that led to the Petroleum Services Association of Canada completing a hydraulic fracturing code of conduct for companies in the oil and gas service sector. Learn more about the new Hydraulic Fracturing Code of Conduct.
ALC and OGC Sign New Delegation Agreement
The amount of land that can be used for oil and gas activities without ALC approval has been increased.
Provincial Government Announces 1 Year Funding for FAO
The BC Government has announced that it will contribute funding for an additional one year for the operation of the Farmers’ Advocacy Office.
The contract to provide Farmers’ Advocacy Office services is being tendered. The Request for Services with a closing date of February 18, 2013 can be viewed on the web sites of the Peace River Regional District and BC Bid.
The current contract with Aspen Grove Property Services expires on February 28.
Independent Land Information and Advocacy Office (Farmers’ Advocate) Review 2012.
The review of the Farmers’ Advocacy Office prepared for the Management Committee by Ellen Frisch & Associates is available online, in a November 22, 2012 Report to the Peace River Regional District Board