NEB Regulatory Oversight in NWT Post-Devolution

On 1 April 2014, the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) assumes responsibility for the regulation of onshore oil and gas activities in the NWT outside of the Inuvialuit Settlement Region (ISR) and the Norman Wells Proven Area and other miscellaneous federal lands.

Post Devolution Northwest Territories COGOA Map

The NEB is committed to supporting the GNWT and the Government of Canada where it can to facilitate the seamless transition of oil and gas regulatory responsibilities in the NWT.

On 4 March 2014, the NEB and GNWT signed a Service Agreement to allow the NEB to provide technical services and advice to support the GNWT’s oil and gas regulatory functions for projects, and transfer records post-devolution.

NEB and Government of Northwest Territories - Service Agreement

The NEB continues to play an important role in the regulation of onshore and offshore oil and gas activities in the North. The NEB is the regulator for projects regulated under the Canada Oil and Gas Operations Act (COGOA) and Canada Petroleum Resources Act (CPRA) in the offshore, the Norman Wells Proven area, and in accordance with territorial legislation that mirrors COGOA and CPRA for a period of 20 years post-devolution, in the ISR onshore.

The NEB also continues to have regulatory oversight under the NEB Act for pipeline projects that cross borders in the North - such as Enbridge’s Norman Wells Line 21.


National Energy Board
Patrick Sprague, Program Manager

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