Oilfield Setback Consents for Adjacent Landowners

Year: 2019

Number: 5-19M

Department: Saskatchewan Ministry of Energy and Resources

Midterm: Yes

WHEREAS pursuant to Section 8(1) of The Oil and Gas Conservation Act, no person shall, without a licence authorizing that activity, construct, alter, operate or suspend the operation of an oilfield facility;


WHEREAS as part of the licencing process of oilfield facilities, there are provincially mandated setbacks for the construction, alteration, and operation of certain oilfield facilities, including those set out in the Facility Licence Requirements – Directive PNG001 and Saskatchewan Upstream Petroleum Industry Storage Standards – Directive S-01 enacted pursuant to The Oil and Gas Conservation Act and The Oil and Gas Conservation Regulations, 2012 of the Province of Saskatchewan;


WHEREAS the aforesaid setbacks do not protect or take into consideration the potential impact and other interests, including future development, of adjacent land owners who may be negatively affected by the installation of such oilfield facilities while not deriving any benefit from the same;


BE IT RESOLVED that SARM lobby the provincial government to include, as part of oilfield facility licensing requirements, an additional licensing or regulatory requirement, namely that any applicant for a license for the construction, alteration or operation of an oilfield facility to which the present regulatory setbacks apply, also be required to obtain the written consent of any adjacent land owners who own, are purchasing or leasing land within the setback area.

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