Hearing Participation – Projects in Canada’s North – Questions and Answers

Depending on where a project is located in the North, different legislative and regulatory environmental assessment requirements may apply. The content below will help you better understand how you can participate.

Projects being considered under the Canada Oil and Gas Operations Act

  1. What type of projects fall under COGOA?
  2. Can I participate in the review of a COGOA project?
  3. How can I participate in the review of a COGOA project if there is no hearing?

Projects being considered under the Canada Oil and Gas Operations Act and the Impact Assessment Act

  1. What type of COGOA projects fall under Impact Assessment Act
  2. How can I participate in an environmental assessment under Impact Assessment Act?

Projects being considered under the Canada Oil and Gas Operations Act

1. What type of projects fall under COGOA?

The Canada Energy Regulator (CER) has regulatory responsibilities for oil and gas exploration and production in some parts of the North. Some of the activities that the CER regulates under COGOA are:

  • Seismic Operations;
  • Offshore Drilling; and
  • Construction and Operation of a Production Facility.

Find out more about where the CER regulates under COGOA.

2. Can I participate in the review of a COGOA project?

Should the CER’s Commission determine that a public hearing will be held for a project, a public announcement will be made that will include information on the hearing process and how people can participate.

3. How can I participate in the review of a COGOA project if there is no hearing?

For projects that do not involve a hearing, you may wish to share your views in a written letter of comment. Your submission should include information explaining to the CER how you are personally and directed affected or impacted or what relevant information you want to provide.

Projects being considered under the Canada Oil and Gas Operations Act and the Canadian Impact Assessment Act

1. What type of COGOA projects fall under Impact Assessment Act

An environmental assessment is required under Impact Assessment Act if a proposed project is listed in the Physical Activities Regulations. One of these projects is the drilling, testing and abandonment of offshore exploratory wells.

2. How can I participate in an environmental assessment under Impact Assessment Act?

When conducting an environmental assessment of a COGOA project under Impact Assessment Act, the CER will provide members of the public with an opportunity to comment and may also offer additional participation options, depending on the nature of the project. A public announcement will be made that will include information on the environmental assessment process and how people can participate.

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