Archived - COVID-19 Update #6: Termination and extension of industry and IOGC operational deferrals during COVID-19 pandemic (updated September 8, 2020)

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Dated September 8, 2020 and replaces Updates #5 and #3

During the first six months of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government of Canada, through its regulatory agency Indian Oil and Gas Canada (IOGC) provided additional flexibility to oil and gas industry companies (industry) who hold contracts on First Nation lands. IOGC's initial deferrals were for three months (Update #3), and then they were extended for another three months (Update #5). IOGC's industry and IOGC operational deferrals related to selection of land for intermediate term of permit, continuation of subsurface contracts, and surface rights or interests are now being terminated and no further deferrals in these areas are being considered at this time.. The following deferrals will expire on September 16, 2020:

With respect to inspections and environmental audits, see the following inspection update and continued compliance reporting requirements:

For additional information, see Information Letter Environmental Audit Deferrals.

These actions do not defer any other requirements. IOGC is open to discussing additional options on a case-by-case basis jointly with oil and gas producing First Nations and industry representatives. Please continue to check IOGC's website for updates or changes and refer to the list of IOGC contacts below.

IOGC contacts by area

A/Manager, Resource Analysis and Compliance

Manager, Environment or 403-519-9523

by Environmental Analyst (by respective First Nation)

Subsurface Agreements
Manager, Subsurface and Negotiations

Surface Agreements
A/Manager, Lease Administration

General and All Other Enquiries

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