REGULATIONS FOR THE ADMINISTRATION AND MANAGEMENT OF SABLE OFFSHORE GAS DEVELOPMENT

Energy Development Division of the Department of Natural Resources (Nova Scotia, Canada)

January – November 1997

Retained to design and develop the Regulations for the administration and management of the Sable Offshore Gas Development in Nova Scotia, Canada which is the largest single commercial deposit of offshore natural gas in North America. 


A comprehensive review was undertaken of Federal oil and gas regulations, and the oil and gas pipeline and gas processing facility regulations of Alberta, British Columbia, other Canadian provincial energy regulatory frameworks and the offshore petroleum regulatory framework of the United Kingdom and Norway to identify and develop an appropriate regulatory framework relating to pipeline and facility construction and design, operational safety, environmental protection, land acquisitions and easements, abandonment procedures, pipeline crossings and the establishment of an appropriate administrative and institutional structure. 


The Pipeline Regulations (N.S. Reg. 66/98) which were promulgated in September 1998, establishes the legal, administrative and institutional structures to regulate environmental, safety, planning, management, and operational aspects related to the development of the offshore gas facility, offshore pipelines, onshore pipelines, and the onshore gas processing facility.

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