Governance of the Petroleum and Natural Legacy Sites Restoration Program

The Province (represented by the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation (formerly the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources), the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development and the BC Oil and Gas Commission), and the Petroleum and Natural Gas (PNG) sector (represented by the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers and The Explorers and Producers Association of Canada) – “the Parties” – will collaborate on planning and, jointly fund and implement projects designed to restore historical or legacy PNG sector impacts in northeast BC.

The governance of the Petroleum and Natural Legacy Sites Restoration Program is directed by a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and terms of reference for the Restoration Management Committee.
1) Petroleum and Natural Gas Restoration MOU
2) Restoration Management Committee Terms of Reference


BC OGRIS supports Restoration Initiatives

The BC Oil and Gas Research and Innovation Society (BC OGRIS) is committed to assisting in the restoration of legacy footprint from the oil and gas industry (roads, seismic lines) to help recover and heal the environment from historical development. Partnering with governments, industry and indigenous communities, BC OGRIS provides governance over the distribution of funds to ensure accountability and adherence to reporting requirements of our contributors.

BC OGRIS started its restoration journey through its predecessor, the Science and Community Environmental Knowledge Fund (SCEK) in 1999, under the Boreal Caribou Initiative, investing $8.9 million over seven years in science, research and pilot methods.

A total for $541,000 left from the Boreal Caribou Initiative is being used as seed funding for work on the ground. BC OGRIS has been allocated $5 million from the Federal government (2021), part of the $120 million federal contribution to the Province of British Columbia. The funds are being assigned to priority projects through calls for proposals from the Petroleum and Natural Gas Legacy Sites Steering Committee.