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  • Administrative Tribunals Statutes Amendment Act, 2015

    On December 17, 2015, the Administrative Tribunals Statutes Amendment Act, 2015, S.B.C. 2015, c. 10, was brought into force by regulation. This Act amends the existing Administrative Tribunals Act (the “ATA”), by adding sections allowing the formal “clustering” of administrative tribunals, giving tribunals the authority to compel parties to participate in early dispute resolution methods, and adding reporting requirements, among other things.

    Of note for the Tribunal, the amendments added a provision allowing the Tribunal to order security for costs in an appeal (section 47.1 of the ATA).
  • On April 9, 2014, the Natural Gas Development Statutes Amendment Act, S.B.C. 2014, c. 10, came into force.  It amends certain sections of the Oil and Gas Activities Act, S.B.C. 2008, c.36 (the "Act"), including some of the sections that provide for appeals by land owners.

    Under the amended provisions, a land owner of land on which an "operating area is located" may appeal a determination, and a definition of "operating area" has been added to the Act.  Section 1(1) of the Act defines an "operating area" as "an area, identified in a permit, within which a permit holder is permitted to carry out an oil and gas activity."

    Before these amendments came into force, an appeal could be filed by a land owner of land on which an "oil and gas activity is permitted to be carried out under this Act."

    The Tribunal has revised its Notice of Appeal Form (Form 1) and its Information Sheets to reflect the amendments.