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Regulatory Bulletin, May 2023

BC Government (Re)Suspends Water Diversions for Oil and Gas

This month the British Columbia Energy Regulator suspended water diversions from northern BC watersheds just 24 days after lifting restrictions. Suspension orders are historically issued toward the end of summer and early fall, and this marked change reflects the continued low stream flow from earlier in the season.

With drought conditions across the border inducing wildfires in northern Alberta, there is a significant risk to producers’ operations. To develop your water conservation strategies, operate responsibly, and maintain production uptime, please reach out to Jen Keturakis.

About: This bulletin highlights the regulatory changes and updates within the energy and natural resource sectors in North America that the Integrated Sustainability team has been tracking through May 2023.


  • CSA Petroleum & Natural Gas Standards Now Accessible
  • Canada’s 2030 Biodiversity Strategy Discussion & Survey
  • Canada Plans to Address PFAS


  • Directive 051 Updated
  • Pipeline and Oil & Gas Infrastructure Monitoring
  • Reminder, Migratory Bird Season Underway

British Columbia

  • Order Issued to Coastal GasLink After Potential Slope Failure & Turbidity Concerns
  • Suspended Water Diversions for Oil & Gas
  • BCER Permittee Capability Assessment Program
  • BC Amending Regulations to Ensure Owners Responsible for Environmental Cleanup of Abandoned Projects
  • BCER Updates Reclamation Guidance for Ecologically Suitable Species

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Stephanie Demers, B.Sc.
Sr. Environment & Regulatory Advisor
Integrated Sustainability

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