Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) and Petroleum

The Northwest Region of British Columbia provides a window to markets in the Asia-Pacific region and offers not only year round ice-free, deep-sea ports, but also the industrial infrastructure to support activities in the oil and gas sectors. With multiple Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) export facilities proposed for the Northwest coast, British Columbia is poised to become a reliable supplier of natural gas to markets around the world.

Ministry of Natural Gas Development 

The British Columbia Ministry of Natural Gas Development is the provincial legislative body responsible for the development of oil & gas resources for the economic benefit of British Columbians. The Ministry provides a variety of services including the management of Crown petroleum and natural resource rights, royalty programs, public geoscience and policy. Additionally, the Ministry is active in developing new export market opportunities for British Columbia’s oil & gas resources as well as setting policy and making recommendations concerning associated infrastructure.

To provide direction for provincial natural gas objectives, the Province has developed British Columbia’s Natural Gas Strategy and the complementary Liquefied Natural Gas: A Strategy of B.C.’s Newest Industry. These reports outline the opportunities and challenges for BC’s natural gas sector, and provide strategies and goals which guide the direction of the Ministry of Natural Gas Development in creating long-term economic prosperity for the people of British Columbia.

For more information on British Columbia’s developing LNG industry, visit LNG 101: A Guide to British Columbia’s Liquefied Natural Gas Sector

BC Oil & Gas Commission

The BC Oil and Gas Commission is an independent Crown Corporation responsible for regulatory oversight of oil and gas operations in British Columbia. This includes exploration, development, pipeline transportation and reclamation activities. The Commission’s core roles consist of reviewing and assessing applications for industry activity, consulting with First Nations groups, ensuring industry complies with established legislation and cooperating with partner agencies. 

As an efficient, single-window agency, the Commission is helping the oil and gas industries to grow and succeed by streamlining the applications and approval processes while maintaining provincial environmental standards. The Commission's website includes further information on BC oil and gas industry activities and regulations.


The BC Jobs Plan

Introduced in 2011, the BC Jobs Plan outlines the Province of British Columbia's long-term strategies and goals for job creation and economic development in BC. The BC Jobs Plan operates on three main pillars: enabling job creation; strengthening our infrastructure to get goods to market; and taking major steps to expand and open new markets, with a particular focus on growing markets in the Asia-Pacific region.

As part of the BC Jobs Plan, the Province of British Columbia has set tangible and attainable targets for BC's growing energy sector, such as dates when liquefied natural gas export facilities will be operational. The Province’s goal in the BC Jobs Plan is to have one LNG facility operational by 2015 and a total of three plants operating by 2020. 


Pipeline News North

Pipeline News North offers a free, full colour, monthly print edition focused on the Oil & Gas Industry. Their website features a full digital edition of our paper, upcoming stories of interest and up to date articles in the news.

Covering a variety of topics, Pipeline News North concentrates on all progressive aspects of the oil and gas industry in northern B.C. and northwest Alberta, from heavy oil to unconventional shale gas, and its associated service industries.

Proposed LNG and Petroleum Projects in Kitimat, BC 

Proposed LNG and Petroleum Projects in Prince Rupert and Port Edward