Updates to NWT Petroleum Legislation

Consultation has concluded

What We Heard


This engagement has now concluded.

The results of engagement are summarized in a What We Heard Report released July 25, 2018.

Quick Facts

  • The engagement exercise ran March 5 – May 4, 2018.
  • More than 1600 outreach communications were sent to encourage and inform engagement.
  • 258 pieces of input were received from 210 submissions.

Written Submissions

All written submissions which submitters gave permission to publish can be found in our document library.

While they are being considered as policy development continues, they represent solely the views of their submitters, have not been independently verified, and do not reflect the opinions or policy intentions of the GNWT.


Overview


With Devolution in 2014, the laws governing petroleum production, exploration, and management were mirrored from the federal government when the jurisdiction shifted to the GNWT. Not everything in these laws makes sense for today’s Northwest Territories.

The GNWT is proposing amendments to the Petroleum Resources Act (PRA) and the Oil and Gas Operations Act (OGOA) as the first step in a longer-term review — and we want to hear from you!

Amendments made at this stage will be designed to address one or more of the following goals.

  • Resolving existing administrative and technical issues to create a more consistent and predictable regulatory environment
  • Enhancing transparency and public accountability throughout the PRA and the OGOA
  • Ensuring legislation reflects current risks, best practices and standards
  • Minimizing operational challenges in the administration of petroleum rights issuance and operations
  • Increasing competitiveness comparative to other jurisdictions to promote increased investment in NWT petroleum exploration and production

To learn more about what we’re suggesting, download our engagement paper, backgrounders, and other information from our document library on the right, or ask us a question using the Q+A tab below!

What We Heard


This engagement has now concluded.

The results of engagement are summarized in a What We Heard Report released July 25, 2018.

Quick Facts

  • The engagement exercise ran March 5 – May 4, 2018.
  • More than 1600 outreach communications were sent to encourage and inform engagement.
  • 258 pieces of input were received from 210 submissions.

Written Submissions

All written submissions which submitters gave permission to publish can be found in our document library.

While they are being considered as policy development continues, they represent solely the views of their submitters, have not been independently verified, and do not reflect the opinions or policy intentions of the GNWT.


Overview


With Devolution in 2014, the laws governing petroleum production, exploration, and management were mirrored from the federal government when the jurisdiction shifted to the GNWT. Not everything in these laws makes sense for today’s Northwest Territories.

The GNWT is proposing amendments to the Petroleum Resources Act (PRA) and the Oil and Gas Operations Act (OGOA) as the first step in a longer-term review — and we want to hear from you!

Amendments made at this stage will be designed to address one or more of the following goals.

  • Resolving existing administrative and technical issues to create a more consistent and predictable regulatory environment
  • Enhancing transparency and public accountability throughout the PRA and the OGOA
  • Ensuring legislation reflects current risks, best practices and standards
  • Minimizing operational challenges in the administration of petroleum rights issuance and operations
  • Increasing competitiveness comparative to other jurisdictions to promote increased investment in NWT petroleum exploration and production

To learn more about what we’re suggesting, download our engagement paper, backgrounders, and other information from our document library on the right, or ask us a question using the Q+A tab below!

Consultation has concluded
  • Updates to NWT Petroleum Legislation: What We Heard Report Released

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    The Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment (ITI) has released a “What We Heard” report which summarizes the feedback it received during public and stakeholder engagements on proposed changes to the Petroleum Resources Act (PRA) and the Oil and Gas Operations Act (OGOA).

    From March 5 through May 4, 2018, the Department led an extensive engagement campaign on the development of amendments to the two Acts as identified in commitment 1.3.2 of the Government of the Northwest Territories Mandate.

    During the engagement sessions conversations were led by the HAVE YOUR SAY! Updates to the NWT’s Petroleum Legislation Engagement Paper. ...

    The Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment (ITI) has released a “What We Heard” report which summarizes the feedback it received during public and stakeholder engagements on proposed changes to the Petroleum Resources Act (PRA) and the Oil and Gas Operations Act (OGOA).

    From March 5 through May 4, 2018, the Department led an extensive engagement campaign on the development of amendments to the two Acts as identified in commitment 1.3.2 of the Government of the Northwest Territories Mandate.

    During the engagement sessions conversations were led by the HAVE YOUR SAY! Updates to the NWT’s Petroleum Legislation Engagement Paper. This paper outlines proposed amendments and actions including proposals to evolve administration and transparency and how to handle significant petroleum discoveries in the NWT.

    Seven communities across all regions of the NWT were visited and residents were invited to provide input at public drop-in sessions. Officials from ITI also met with numerous Indigenous Governments and Organizations and offered teleconferences to stakeholders that were unable to meet during community visits.

    Final policy development is currently underway.

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    “I’m pleased by the degree of interest and engagement on these targeted changes. This is a good first-step in a longer process of modernizing our oil and gas legislation to improve transparency and ensure we have legislation that responds to the needs and realities of the Northwest Territories.”

    - Wally Schumann, Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment

    Quick Facts

    • The engagement exercise ran March 5 – May 4, 2018.
    • More than 1600 outreach communications were sent to encourage and inform engagement.
    • 258 pieces of input were received.

    Relevant links

    For more information:

    Mike Westwick
    Communications Officer
    Industry, Tourism and Investment
    Mike_Westwick@gov.nt.ca
    1-867-767-9202 ext. 63039


  • Updates to NWT Petroleum Legislation: Engagement Update Vol. 4 — the Stakeholder Sessions

    5 months ago
    Stakeholder

    Any comprehensive engagement on legislation must recognize the unique perspectives that stakeholders with specific expertise can bring to the table.

    As part of its targeted review of the NWT’s oil and gas legislation, the GNWT reached out to these groups with meetings geared specifically to hearing and recording their input.

    Three sessions were held tailored to major stakeholder groups: Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), industry, and regulatory boards — including various boards created under federal legislation regulating many of the environmental aspects of natural resource extraction.

    NGO Session

    The NGO session was held on April 4. Teleconferencing was offered to NGOs across...

    Any comprehensive engagement on legislation must recognize the unique perspectives that stakeholders with specific expertise can bring to the table.

    As part of its targeted review of the NWT’s oil and gas legislation, the GNWT reached out to these groups with meetings geared specifically to hearing and recording their input.

    Three sessions were held tailored to major stakeholder groups: Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), industry, and regulatory boards — including various boards created under federal legislation regulating many of the environmental aspects of natural resource extraction.

    NGO Session

    The NGO session was held on April 4. Teleconferencing was offered to NGOs across the territory. The three-hour session consisted of a short presentation on the basics of the changes being suggested and continued with a roundtable discussion on the legislation, and oil and gas generally.

    A key theme throughout was the need for financial responsibility and environmental protection to be considered in the realm of oil and gas.

    Four organizations attended the session on the day, and a fifth sat down for a one-on-one meeting with project leadership at an earlier date.

    Regulatory Authorities

    A meeting to get feedback from this experienced group of regulatory professionals was held on April 11 in Yellowknife. Again,teleconferencing was available to ensure boards from across the territory could take part.

    The representatives went through each proposed change from the engagement paper meticulously. Lively discussions on the best ways to move forward continued throughout the three-hour session.

    Ten people representing five regulatory authorities attended the session, with pages of feedback brought back for consideration in the final product.

    Industry

    The industry session was held March 20 in Calgary during the Arctic Oil and Gas Symposium — the premier event for national and international petroleum companies to talk northern oil and gas.

    Twelve individuals representing 11 different organizations took advantage of the three-hour session to ask questions and provide comments to project leadership.

    The feedback from the group largely focused on ensuring new legislation brings certainty to the regulatory regime in the NWT, and how the legislative project could affect current interest holders.

    Engagement Deadline Approaching

    The public engagement phase of this project ends May 4 at 5pm.

    Even though community visits and stakeholder sessions have ended, there are still many was to HAVE YOUR SAY in this comprehensive engagement before the deadline.

    Take part in any of the following ways:

    Government of the Northwest Territories

    Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment — Petroleum Resources Division

    # 64 Mackenzie Road

    PO Box 3019

    Inuvik, NT X0E 0T0

    For more information

    Mike Westwick

    Communications Officer

    Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment

    Government of the Northwest Territories

    Mike_Westwick@gov.nt.ca

    1-867-767-9202 ext.63039


  • Updates to NWT Petroleum Legislation: Engagement Update Vol. 3 – YK and Hay River

    5 months ago
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    Public engagement community visits wrapped up in April as the GNWT visited the North and South Slave regions to hear their input on proposed changes to oil and gas laws.

    These latest sessions hit the NWT’s two largest communities, and had amongst the highest turnout of any of the sessions.

    Yellowknife

    Yellowknife’s English language session was held April 9 at the Tree of Peace Friendship Centre. With just under 50 people, it was the best-attended session in the territory.

    Many people in Yellowknife were interested in how the legislation could increase transparency of governments and companies who do business in...

    Public engagement community visits wrapped up in April as the GNWT visited the North and South Slave regions to hear their input on proposed changes to oil and gas laws.

    These latest sessions hit the NWT’s two largest communities, and had amongst the highest turnout of any of the sessions.

    Yellowknife

    Yellowknife’s English language session was held April 9 at the Tree of Peace Friendship Centre. With just under 50 people, it was the best-attended session in the territory.

    Many people in Yellowknife were interested in how the legislation could increase transparency of governments and companies who do business in the oil and gas sector. A number of people asked how environmental protection would play into the revised legislation.

    There was a great deal of additional feedback provided on surveys — some directly related to the legislative initiative, others bringing perspectives on items related to oil and gas, but not related to this targeted legislative project. Either way, it was recorded for consideration today, or in future reviews.

    A number of land corporations and non-profit boards were represented at the session.

    French Language

    On April 10, a territory-wide French language session was held at the Janvier Room at Yellowknife’s Explorer Hotel.

    Hay River

    Next up was Hay River on April 13, where people began streaming into the Ptarmigan Inn boardroom right at 3pm.

    The traffic remained steady through the end, with around 20 making their way down to speak with our engagement team before the session wrapped at 7pm.

    Liquid Natural Gas was a hot topic at the session, with some suggesting it as a solution to many of the NWT’s cost-of-living challenges.

    whoa number of Hay River participants said they wanted to see more consistent accountability of those who drill oil wells in the NWT — something the GNWT is proposing changes to address.

    Local business and political leaders were also in attendance to share their views.

    The next morning, the engagement team visited the Katlodeeche First Nations Reserve where seven more participants stopped by share their perspectives.

    REMINDER: Engagement Deadline May 4

    The public engagement phase of this project ends May 4 at 5pm.

    Even though community visits have ended, there are still many was to HAVE YOUR SAY in this comprehensive engagement.

    Take part in any of the following ways:

    Government of the Northwest Territories

    Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment — Petroleum Resources Division

    # 64 Mackenzie Road

    PO Box 3019

    Inuvik, NT X0E 0T0


    For more information

    Mike Westwick

    Communications Officer

    Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment

    Government of the Northwest Territories

    Mike_Westwick@gov.nt.ca

    1-867-767-9202 ext.63039


  • Updates to NWT Petroleum Legislation: Engagement Update Vol. 2 — Going North

    5 months ago
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    Public engagement sessions continued as the GNWT visited the Sahtu and Beaufort Delta regions to get their input on proposed changes to oil and gas laws.

    These latest sessions hit the NWT’s oil and gas heartland, so there was a lot to be said from those who attended.

    Norman Wells — home of Canada’s longest-producing oil field — was the first stop on March 26. Before the public session, the engagement team sat down with representatives from the Sahtu Secretariat Incorporated and the Norman Wells Land Corporation. This is the first of many conversations the team anticipates having with these...

    Public engagement sessions continued as the GNWT visited the Sahtu and Beaufort Delta regions to get their input on proposed changes to oil and gas laws.

    These latest sessions hit the NWT’s oil and gas heartland, so there was a lot to be said from those who attended.

    Norman Wells — home of Canada’s longest-producing oil field — was the first stop on March 26. Before the public session, the engagement team sat down with representatives from the Sahtu Secretariat Incorporated and the Norman Wells Land Corporation. This is the first of many conversations the team anticipates having with these groups as engagement continues.

    Residents in Norman Wells were particularly interested in learning more about what was being proposed. Experts from the GNWT team were able to sit down one-on-one and explain the proposed amendments in detail thanks to the open-workshop format and to provide takeaway-information from the cache of public education materials produced for this project.

    The next morning, the team flew over the stunning Franklin Mountains and on to Inuvik. Immediately upon landing, they made their way to the Ingamo Hall Friendship Centre to welcome participants.

    Twenty-four participants, including local business and community leaders dropped in to make their thoughts known. Dominant topics at the session included finding ways to remove barriers for responsibly developing the Delta’s significant oil and gas resources, and concerns about environmental protection for oil and gas projects.

    Media representatives were also on-hand to gain perspectives from local resident and speak with Director of Petroleum Resources for the Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment Menzie McEachern.

    What’s Next?

    Next up is the Yellowknife session. The session will be held April 9 at the Tree of Peace Friendship Centre from 3-7pm.

    There will be a territory-wide French language session held on April 10. Those who can be in Yellowknife and wish to participate in-person can come to the Janvier Room at the Explorer Hotel from 3-7pm. Those in other communities can contact 1-867-767-9202 ext. 63046 to take part via teleconference.

    Soon after, on April 12, the team will visit the South Slave region. The session will be held from 3-7pm at Hay River’s Ptarmigan Inn.

    Can’t take part in person? No problem! Have your say wherever you are, however you’d like as part of this comprehensive engagement campaign.

    Take part in any of the following ways:

    Government of the Northwest Territories

    Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment — Petroleum Resources Division

    # 64 Mackenzie Road

    PO Box 3019

    Inuvik, NT X0E 0T0

    For more information

    Mike Westwick

    Communications Officer

    Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment

    Government of the Northwest Territories

    Mike_Westwick@gov.nt.ca

    1-867-767-9202 ext.63039

  • Q+A: Wally Schumann on Proposed Changes to NWT Oil and Gas Laws; Public Engagement

    6 months ago
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    he GNWT is proposing changes to the NWT’s petroleum legislation — specifically, the Petroleum Resources Act(link is external) and Oil and Gas Operations Act(link is external).

    Members of the public, Indigenous governments and organizations, Industry, and other stakeholders are being invited to share their thoughts in a comprehensive engagement program.

    As the Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment (ITI) rolls out its engagement effort, we sat down with Minister of ITI Wally Schumann to discuss the engagement initiative.

    Q: What are the goals of this review?

    A: There are several.

    First, we are doing some “housekeeping;” addressing...

    he GNWT is proposing changes to the NWT’s petroleum legislation — specifically, the Petroleum Resources Act(link is external) and Oil and Gas Operations Act(link is external).

    Members of the public, Indigenous governments and organizations, Industry, and other stakeholders are being invited to share their thoughts in a comprehensive engagement program.

    As the Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment (ITI) rolls out its engagement effort, we sat down with Minister of ITI Wally Schumann to discuss the engagement initiative.

    Q: What are the goals of this review?

    A: There are several.

    First, we are doing some “housekeeping;” addressing minor administrative and technical amendments that were inherited in the legislation devolved from the federal government. We want to fix things that are vague and close loopholes which may not have been intended in the original drafting; and to taking care of some deficiencies that we have identified since taking over responsibility for his legislation.

    We want to make oil and gas development in our territory more transparent. It’s our job to build trust in how our oil and gas resources are developed and governed; making more information available to our citizens is one way to do that.

    We want to start making our laws responsive to the realities of the North. These laws weren’t designed with our jurisdiction in mind. Our priorities are different and our laws should reflect that.

    We want to increase our competitiveness in the national and global petroleum markets to promote increased investment in NWT oil and gas exploration and production. A consistent and predictable regulatory regime will provide greater confidence and certainty to those looking to operate in the NWT oil and gas sector, making our jurisdiction more attractive. We have provided a number of options to improve how we manage significant discoveries of oil and gas resources in the NWT

    Q: How wide-ranging are the changes?

    A: This is not a comprehensive review. It’s a first-step. These changes are intended to address the most pressing needs to make our legislation work for the NWT. There will be more work done in the future to evolve our oil and gas regime.

    Q: Will these amendments deal with hydraulic fracturing?

    A: The debate surrounding the use of hydraulic fracturing is centred on the availability of public information and transparency. Greater transparency is the important first step – and this review will address that.

    However, this review will not include a “yay or nay” conversation on the practice of hydraulic fracturing in the NWT.

    Q: How are you getting input from people?

    A: Community visits began March 13 in Fort Simpson. We will be travelling to all regional centres; wrapping up our community engagements in Hay River on April 12.

    We are holding targeted meetings with Non-Governmental Organizations, Regulatory Authorities, and industry stakeholders.

    And we are also accepting submissions from everyone online, by email, by phone, and by mail, and by fax until May 4th so people can take part how they want, when they want, no matter where they are.

    Q: Is this the only chance Indigenous governments will have a to provide input?

    A: No. Indigenous governments will be invited to take part in formal consultations after the changes are ultimately drafted. These will ensure Aboriginal and Treaty rights are respected, and their input in this stage will also be considered in the final product.

    Q: Why these changes? Why now?

    A: Oil and gas is a public good. We have a duty as a government to make sure our laws allow us to manage this public good in the best interest of our people, and instill trust in the regulatory system.

    We made a commitment to the people of the NWT to “evolve” the legislation that was inherited from the federal government in the 2014 Devolution process.

    We intend to deliver on that commitment within the life of this Assembly. This is the first step in making the NWT’s oil and gas legislation our own.

    For more information

    Mike Westwick

    Communications Officer

    Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment

    Government of the Northwest Territories

    Mike_Westwick@gov.nt.ca(link sends e-mail)

    1-867-767-9202 ext.63039


  • Updates to NWT Petroleum Legislation: Engagement Recap Volume 1 — The Dehcho

    6 months ago
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    The Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment’s engagement team was in the Dehcho last week to begin their NWT-wide conversation with residents on proposed changes to laws governing oil and gas development in the Northwest Territories.

    Their first community visit was to Fort Simpson on March 13th.

    While residents are invited to provide input on anything related to oil and gas development, the workshop-style engagements are designed to capture input on three key themes in which specific changes are being proposed. All input received is being recorded and will be considered as proposed changes move forward.

    The Fort Simpson session...

    The Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment’s engagement team was in the Dehcho last week to begin their NWT-wide conversation with residents on proposed changes to laws governing oil and gas development in the Northwest Territories.

    Their first community visit was to Fort Simpson on March 13th.

    While residents are invited to provide input on anything related to oil and gas development, the workshop-style engagements are designed to capture input on three key themes in which specific changes are being proposed. All input received is being recorded and will be considered as proposed changes move forward.

    The Fort Simpson session was a success, with more than 20 participants taking part. Community members were enthusiastic and there was a lot of interest.

    While the engagement team is in each community, they are also meeting with Indigenous governments and organizations to get their input. In Fort Simpson, the engagement team sat down with the Dehcho First Nations and Łíídlı̨ Kų́ę́ First Nation.

    Next, the team made their way to Fort Liard. The Liard area is partially home to one of the NWT’s largest, most recent natural gas find.Residents had a lot to say about oil and gas.

    Eighteen people contributed input - with some conversations lasted up to an hour. The team also spoke with Chief Eugene Hope of the Acho Dene Koe First Nation.

    Next stop for the engagement: the Sahtu and Beaufort Delta. They will be stopping in Norman Wells on March 26th and Inuvik on March 27th.

    Check out all the public engagement dates here.

    Can’t make it to the sessions? We’re running a comprehensive engagement reaching far beyond the community visits so you can take part whenever you’d like, however you’d like.

    Government of the Northwest Territories

    Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment — Petroleum Resources Division

    # 64 Mackenzie Road

    PO Box 3019

    Inuvik, NT X0E 0T0


  • GNWT Launches Engagement on Petroleum Legislation Updates

    7 months ago
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    YELLOWKNIFE (March 6, 2018) —The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) has launched public and stakeholder engagements on its proposed changes to the Petroleum Resources Act (PRA) and Oil and Gas Operations Act (OGOA).

    The engagements — led by the Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment — are the first step in a longer-term review process to modernize and improve the overall framework of petroleum legislation in the NWT.

    Proposed amendments and actions are identified in: HAVE YOUR SAY! Updates to the NWT’s Petroleum Legislation Engagement Paper (link is external); presented in fourteen focus...

    YELLOWKNIFE (March 6, 2018) —The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) has launched public and stakeholder engagements on its proposed changes to the Petroleum Resources Act (PRA) and Oil and Gas Operations Act (OGOA).

    The engagements — led by the Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment — are the first step in a longer-term review process to modernize and improve the overall framework of petroleum legislation in the NWT.

    Proposed amendments and actions are identified in: HAVE YOUR SAY! Updates to the NWT’s Petroleum Legislation Engagement Paper (link is external); presented in fourteen focus areas under three themes: Transparency and Public Accountability; Administrative and Technical Amendments; and Significant Discoveries.

    Engagements will foster conversation and are designed to ensure public input is considered in legislative changes.

    These sessions will be supplemented by a comprehensive engagement program accepting submissions online, by email, by phone, and by mail. Targeted stakeholder sessions will also be held.

    Engagement will continue through May 4, 2018.

    Quote:

    “Quality legislation is the foundation of good management of our natural resources. We’re pleased to be moving forward with changes designed to improve upon the laws we inherited from the federal government at Devolution, and value what all NWT residents, Indigenous governments and organizations, and stakeholders have to say about our proposals.”
    -Wally Schumann, Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment

    Quick facts:

    • The National Energy Board estimates that the NWT could hold as much as 37 percent of Canada’s marketable light crude oil and 35 percent of its marketable natural gas.
    • Both the PRA and OGOA were inherited from the federal government in the 2013 Devolution agreement that saw jurisdiction over lands and resources transferred from the federal government to the GNWT.
    • Developing and proposing amendments to the PRA and OGOA fulfills part of the GNWT’s mandate commitment (1.3.2) to evolve legislative, regulatory, and policy systems in accordance with the Land Use and Sustainability Framework.
    • A formal Engagement Paper has been distributed directly to Indigenous governments and organizations, community governments, industry, non-governmental organizations, regulatory authorities, and other stakeholders with an invitation to engage.

    Relevant links:

    For more information:

    Briony Wright
    Senior Communications Officer
    Industry, Tourism and Investment
    Briony_Wright@gov.nt.ca (link sends e-mail)
    1-867-767-9202 ext. 63049