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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.

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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.

 

latest news

BC Oil and Gas Commission Launches Mediation Service Pilot Project

The BC Oil and Gas Commission (Commission) is launching a new mediation service to provide an additional level of support for land owners in cases where land owners and companies are not able to agree on remedies for complaints and site restoration post permit.

Unpaid Property Taxes on Oil and Gas Leases

Well site owners (petroleum companies) that lease a portion of a property from a landowner will receive the annual Rural Property Tax Notice and a monthly statement of account (SOFA) when the taxes remain unpaid.  The Rural Tax Notice and SOFA for the landowner is suppressed because the well site company is responsible for paying the property tax.  The suppression of the Rural Property Tax Notice and SOFA is handled by the Rural Property Tax Office.  The bulk of these properties fall within Jurisdiction 759 & 760. 

Each year on January 5th a system generated letter is created and mailed out to the landowner (sample attached).  This January there are 286 letters that are being mailed. The decision was made to not add the amount outstanding on the letter.  

It is important to remember that any collection action to recover the tax arrears would be against the oil and gas company not the land owner.

Concerned landowners can also be directed to the Farmer’s Advocacy Office website.  Farmer’s Advocacy This is an excellent resource for information and news updates. 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.

Sample Information Letter Regarding Oil and Gas Property Taxes

OGC Landowner Information Session – January 24, 2019

 Do you have a dormant oil and gas site on your property? 

The BC Oil and Gas Commission is hosting an information session for land owners. Learn about regulations being developed to impose timelines on the clean up of well sites, and about recent amendments to the Oil and Gas Activities Act. Refreshments will be served. 

Open House – UBC Research in the Peace Region

Open House – UBC Research in the Peace Region:
Environmental impacts around oil and gas activity
January 31, 2019
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Location: Kiwanis Performing Arts Center
10401-10 St., Dawson Creek

Light food and drinks will be provided

NEB Open Houses

The National Energy Board’s BC Regional Office Open Houses were held in June 2018.

PRRD Renews FAO Contract to March 31, 2019

PRRD Renews FAO Contract to March 31, 2019

At the May 24 meeting of the Peace River Regional District Board, the board extended the contract to operate the Farmers’ Advocacy Office to March 31, 2019. To view video of the discussion, visit the May 24 Board Agenda and click on 10. Reports, and then click on the play button next to item R-11.

Presentation from Ministry, OGC and CAPP

Presentation from Ministry, OGC and CAPP

On May 24, the Peace River Regional District Board received a presentation from the Deputy Minister of Energy, Mines & Petroleum Resources, Dave Nikolejsin, BC Oil and Gas Commission Commissioner and CEO Paul Jeakins, and Chris Montgomery of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP.) The Board Meeting Video and OGC Presentation are online. (Video is available by clicking item “4. Delegations” and then clicking the play button beside item “4.2.”)