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.
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.
March 20, 2019
Province aims to clean up hundreds of orphan well sites
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.
January 14, 2019
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 companynotthe 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.
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.