COVID-19 response

Due to the unprecedented circumstances, the Board is taking action to protect the health and safety of the public we serve and our staff while doing our best to maintain regular access to our appeal processes.

This means that most (depending on the severity of the circumstances, perhaps all) of our staff will now be working remotely to help stop the spread of the virus. This will not affect your telephone calls and emails getting through to us. Please continue to contact us by those methods and we will respond as quickly as possible. The most efficient way to communicate with the Board is by email at office@surfacerightsboard.bc.ca

If you have an in-person Mediation or hearing in the near future, we will be reaching out to you to discuss available options.

Update on March 20, 2020: Our offices at 605 Robson are closed to the public. Please communicate with the Board by contacting us by telephone or email.

Further updates will be provided as required. Thank you for your patience as we all work together to stop the spread of the virus.

Cheryl Vickers, Chair

Introduction

The Board assists in resolving disputes between landowners and companies that require access to private land to explore for, develop, or produce Crown-owned subsurface resources such as oil, gas, coal, minerals and geothermal. We assist with disputes about:

1. Terms of entry onto land: The Board may authorize entry to private land to explore for, produce or develop subsurface resources.
2. Compensation: the amount to be paid to the landowner for a company’s entry, occupation and use of private land.
3. Damages: the compensation that should be paid for damage to the land or adjacent land, or loss caused by an entry.
4. Rent Renegotiation: new rental provisions in a surface lease.
5. Compliance:
  • whether the terms of a surface lease or right of entry have been complied with; or
  • whether the proposed oil and gas activity in a surface lease is different from what was approved by the Oil and Gas Commission

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