Laws and Regulations

Public lands in the Northwest Territories (NWT) are managed pursuant to the  Territorial Lands Act and its related regulations. In the NWT, onshore oil and gas management and regulation is managed by the Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment (ITI).

The Petroleum Resources Act governs how the GNWT acts as owner of petroleum resources in onshore regions of the Northwest Territories outside of the Inuvialuit Settlement Region, and the Oil and Gas Operations Act (OGOA) sets the rules for exploration and development activities. 

The Office of the Oil and Gas Regulator, an arms-length public agency, supports the territory's Regulator for Oil and Gas and is responsible for regulatory compliance in oil and gas operations from exploration to closure. 

The National Energy Board is the Regulator in the offshore, under federal legislation, and in the ISR under territorial legislation.

Contact us for any further questions you may have about laws and regulations surrounding oil & gas.