Indian Oil and Gas Canada (IOGC) operates pursuant to the Indian Oil and Gas Act (2009) and the Indian Oil and Gas Regulations (2019); ensures that provisions of Canadian Environment Assessment Act (2012) are met; uses the Canadian Environmental Quality Guidelines of the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment; and uses modified Alberta standards for reclamation.
Environmental Review Form (ERF) Application and Submission
Applicants are required to complete and submit the ERF for oil and gas projects including exploratory licenses, surface leases, and rights-of-way on First Nation reserve lands.
Environmental Audit Submission and Timing Requirements Footnote 1
|Type of Audit||First Audit Due Date||Subsequent Audit Due Dates|
|Surface lease (OS)||December 31st one (1) growing season after the construction of the Lease||December 31st every five (5) years thereafter
|Right of way (RW)||December 31st two (2) growing seasons after the installation of the pipeline||December 31st every ten (10) years thereafter|
Spills and Emergencies
Companies are required to notify IOGC and the First Nation of spills or health-threatening emergencies on First Nation reserve lands. Companies must also notify Health Canada, Environment Canada, and the appropriate provincial government organizations as required.
Companies may be required to submit remediation plans for spills to IOGC and must undertake remediation activities to clean up spills to required standards.
Requirements relating to spills and emergencies are included in the Environmental Protection Terms Letter attached to and forming part of a surface agreement.
Remediation, Reclamation and Surrender of Surface Agreements
Remediation, Reclamation and Surrender Process Flow Chart
Reclamation and Surrender Application
IOGC is currently updating remediation, reclamation and surrender processes, forms, and guides. Contact IOGC's Environment Unit to obtain current versions of the Remediation Action Plan Form and Guide and the Reclamation and Surrender Application Form.
Contact IOGC for a current version.