Compliance and Enforcement

The CNSOPB has in place an effective monitoring program to evaluate operator compliance with environmental regulatory requirements while conducting authorized petroleum related work activities. Operators are required to submit reports detailing the status of their work programs on an ongoing basis, along with other documentation to demonstrate compliance with regulatory requirements. Operational status reports are provided on a daily basis for drilling and production activities, and on a weekly basis for other activities. Reports filed with the CNSOPB are reviewed by staff to identify environmental compliance issues, and such issues are addressed accordingly.

CNSOPB staff also regularly conduct environmental compliance audits and inspections at offshore work sites and Operator offices.

CNSOPB staff may investigate environmental incidents that occur at offshore worksites, depending upon their nature and severity. An investigation is normally conducted using conservation officer powers granted by the Accord Act legislation. However, in cases where a conservation officer has reasonable grounds to believe an offence has been committed, the investigation is conducted taking into account limitations imposed by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

The CNSOPB has an established compliance and enforcement policy to address situations of regulatory noncompliance. Enforcement actions may include:

  • voluntary compliance;
  • issuance of orders, directives or notices;
  • suspension or revocation of approvals and authorizations; and
  • prosecution in the court system

Click here for a listing of Audits and Inspections conducted