YELLOWKNIFE (March 6, 2018) —The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) has launched public and stakeholder engagements on its proposed changes to the Petroleum Resources Act (PRA) and Oil and Gas Operations Act (OGOA).
The engagements — led by the Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment — are the first step in a longer-term review process to modernize and improve the overall framework of petroleum legislation in the NWT.
Proposed amendments and actions are identified in: HAVE YOUR SAY! Updates to the NWT’s Petroleum Legislation Engagement Paper; presented in fourteen focus areas under three themes: Transparency and Public Accountability; Administrative and Technical Amendments; and Significant Discoveries.
Engagements will foster conversation and are designed to ensure public input is considered in legislative changes.
These sessions will be supplemented by a comprehensive engagement program accepting submissions online, by email, by phone, and by mail. Targeted stakeholder sessions will also be held.
Engagement will continue through May 4, 2018.
“Quality legislation is the foundation of good management of our natural resources. We’re pleased to be moving forward with changes designed to improve upon the laws we inherited from the federal government at Devolution, and value what all NWT residents, Indigenous governments and organizations, and stakeholders have to say about our proposals.”
-Wally Schumann, Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment
For more information:
Senior Communications Officer
Industry, Tourism and Investment
1-867-767-9202 ext. 63049