Regulatory Agency

BC Oil & Gas Commission


The BC Oil and Gas Commission (BCOGC) is a regulatory agency under the Oil and Gas Activities Act. The BC Oil and Gas Commission has responsibility for overseeing oil and gas operations in British Columbia, including exploration, development, pipeline transportation and reclamation.

The Commission’s core roles include:

  • Reviewing and assessing applications for industry activity
  • Consulting with First Nations
  • Ensuring industry complies with provincial legislation
  • Cooperating with partner agencies

When a landowner, citizen, First Nations or company makes a complaint to the Commission, the inspector gathers and confirms the details of the incident or complaint. Depending on the degree of the incident or complaint an inspector follows-up with a site inspection or a call to the company. The complainant is kept informed about the findings.

The Oil and Gas Appeal Tribunal hears appeals of Commission decisions regarding applications for permits, the activities of permit holders, and decisions affecting land owners.


BC Oil and Gas Commission
Inquiry BC (toll free): 1-800-663-7868

#100 10003 110th Avenue
Fort St John, BC  V1J 6M7

#300, 398 Harbour Rd
Victoria, BC  V9A 0B7

#101, 4701 55th St
Fort Nelson, BC  V0C 1R0

#3-1445 102 Avenue
Dawson Creek, BC  V1G 2E1

#304 - 1500 Hardy Street
Kelowna BC  V1Y 8H2



Telephone: 250-794-5200

Telephone: 250-419-4400

Telephone: 250-774-3438

Telephone: 250-795-2140

Telephone: 250-980-6050

Justice Education Society Resources

Early Resolution

Before you appeal to the tribunal, have you tried to work out your situation by other methods? The tribunal process can take a lot of time and may not result in the decision you expected. Use this Early Dispute Resolution checklist to find out if you have tried all avenues available to you. The following videos and PDFs will also help you.

Negotiating a Solution

You’ve prepared for your tough talk, now you’re ready for the next step: negotiation.
Read the PDF.

Understanding Disputes

Here’s what’s really going on behind most disputes.
Read the PDF.

Preparing for a Tough Talk

Find out how to prepare for a difficult conversation to settle a dispute.
Read the PDF.

Choosing a Dispute Resolution Option

Find out about mediation and other ways to resolve disputes.
Read the PDF.

Preparing for a Hearing

If you have decided to move forward with the tribunal process, use this Tribunal Hearing Preparation checklist to help you get ready. You may also like to take a look at these videos and PDFs for more about how to prepare your case.

Written Hearings

This video describes the process for submitting your case in writing and what your submission must contain.
Read the PDF.

In-person Hearings

Watch a dramatization of what it’s like to make a case at an in-person hearing.
Read the PDF.

Telephone hearings

Find out how to prepare to make an effective presentation for a hearing over the phone.
Read the PDF.

Hearings: First steps

This video introduces the different tribunal processes, including mediation and settlement conferences.
Read the PDF.