Declarations of Significant and Commercial Discoveries

Notice: On 1 April 2014, the Government of the Northwest Territories assumed responsibility for the regulation of onshore oil and gas exploration and production work or activities in the Northwest Territory outside of the Inuvialuit Settlement Region and the Norman Wells Proven Area and other miscellaneous federal lands. More information can be found on our website under North / Offshore > CER Regulatory Oversight in NWT Post-Devolution.

Applications for Significant and Commercial Discovery Declarations, in regards to the Canada Petroleum Resources Act have been processed by the National Energy Board between 1994 and 2019, and would be by the Canada Energy Regulator (CER) after 28 August 2019. The CER also has the responsibility of making Significant and Commercial Discovery Declarations in the onshore part of the Inuvialuit Settlement Region under the Northwest Territories’ Petroleum Resources Act.

Area where the CER makes these declarations, under the Canada Petroleum Resources Act where the federal Crown has sub-surface rights, is shown in yellow in the map below.

Area where the CER makes these declarations, under the Petroleum Resources Act where the Government of the Northwest Territories has sub-surface rights, is shown in green hash in the map below. Lands where the Inuvialuit have sub-surface rights under the Inuvialuit Final Agreement are excluded.

The Table of NEB Declarations [EXCEL 518 KB] is a summary that shows the field name and/or well name, company, declaration date and sections in the CER-regulated areas. Where there is a difference between the table and the letters, the letters are considered as the official National Energy Board record of decision. Land administration maps can be found at the Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada (CIRNAC) website that show the resulting Crown assigned lands for all declarations made prior to and including the National Energy Board's declarations.

Applicants are encouraged to meet with the CER prior to filing an application for Significant and Commercial Discovery Declarations.

Contact

Canada Energy Regulator
Director, Central & North, Energy Adjudication Business Unit
403-292-4800 or toll free at 1-800-899-1265
InfoNorth@cer-rec.gc.ca

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