Instructions for Submitting a Posting or Re-Posting Request
Posting requests can be made online using Petroleum Titles Online. For further information visit: https://www.ptonline.gov.bc.ca/defaultssl.htm
Alternatively, postings can be submitted by mail or facsimile as outlined below.
Re-posting requests can only be submitted by mail or facsimile as outlined below.
Review the Disposition Dates Schedule Information Letter located: http://www.empr.gov.bc.ca/TITLES/OGTITLES/SALESNOTICES/Pages/default.aspx
Posting requests in British Columbia do not receive priority based on the time/date of submission. In the case of overlapping requests, the postings are re-configured in a manner that maximizes the number of potential bidders.
Posting requests are accepted for any given disposition date up to and including the applicable closing date as outlined in the schedule.
There is currently no prescribed posting request form. The request letter should contain the following information:
- Include the preferred disposition date selected from the Disposition Dates Schedule.
- If no date is specified, the request will be processed for the next available disposition.
- Provide a written description of the lands to be posted. In British Columbia, parcel descriptions are based on the Petroleum and Natural Gas Grid, which is similar to the NTS mapping system, and/or the Dominion Land Survey (DLS) Township/Range system for lands located within a geographic area referred to as the Peace River Block.
- Indicate the tenure type for the requested parcel(s) (i.e. Drilling Licence, Lease, or Permit).
- Indicate the sub-surface rights requested for the parcel(s). In most cases, requests involve the posting of all available Crown owned petroleum and natural gas rights underlying the location of the request. If only a portion of the total available P&NG rights are of interest, clarify which specific P&NG rights are to be posted for disposition. If there is no indication of requested rights in the submission, all available rights will be considered for disposition.
- Provide a sketch plat showing the location of the requested parcels. The sketch is used to verify the written description of the requested parcel is accurate.
- Provide the name of a contact person, including a telephone and facsimile number (with area code), and an email address.
Instructions for requesting a re-posting of oil and gas rights for disposition in
- Review Information Letter TITLES-09-06 explaining the re-posting option for a parcel receiving No Bids or No Acceptable Bids (NB or NAB) at a disposition of Crown petroleum and natural gas rights.
- Re-posting requests for NB or NAB parcels must be submitted by facsimile or mail.
- Do not use Petroleum Titles Online to submit a re-posting request.
- The content for the re-posting request letter is the same as a Posting Request. Explain clearly the request is for the re-posting of a parcel that received NB or NAB at a recent disposition of Crown oil and gas rights.
- The complete parcel description for the re-posting request must be identical to the description of the parcel receiving NB or NAB. No changes to the NB or NAB parcel description will be accepted.
- Parcel configuration is based on a complete Gas Spacing Area (GSA).
- Within the Petroleum and Natural Gas Grid, a GSA consists of four units, with the centre of the GSA originating at the intersection point of four blocks, and the GSA’s continuing in an adjacent trend. [i.e. unit 100 of Block A; unit 91 of Block B; unit 1 of Block G; unit 10 of Block H = one complete GSA]
- Within the Peace River Block where the Township/Range (Dominion Land Survey) system is used, complete GSA’s consist of one section.
- Where the two grid systems interface, unique Other Than Normal Spacing (OTNS) areas exist. It may be necessary to obtain assistance through the contact information provided to determine the specific lands that comprise GSA’s around the perimeter of the Peace River Block.
- GSA’s are also larger for parcels located along the British Columbia border. Extra units are added to the adjacent four-unit GSA to create OTNS areas along the border.
Parcel size guidelines:
- The ministry reserves the right to amend, expand, or reduce the aerial configuration and/or the petroleum and natural gas rights for requested parcels.
Petroleum and Natural Gas Leases
- Requests in the form of a Petroleum and Natural Gas (PNG) Lease must be based on a complete Gas Spacing Area (GSA). Leases can be less than one GSA if the lands involved complete a GSA.
- PNG Leases consisting of more than one GSA may be posted for disposition. The ability to acquire larger leases from a Crown disposition will allow industry more flexibility in its planning and will allow for surface activities (including drilling) to occur in a staged and orderly manner. Ultimate hydrocarbon recovery from both conventional and unconventional resource plays may be increased if larger blocks of contiguous lands are held.
- The Ministry will evaluate each lease posting request on a case-by-case basis and may require written justification to support the size of the parcel requested.
- Regulation stipulates requests in the form of Petroleum and Natural Gas Drilling Licences must not exceed thirty-six GSA’s. However, if the requested parcel is in excess of 6 000 hectares, be prepared to provide a technical explanation (upon request) which justifies the need to post large parcels. This is only required if requested by ministry staff.
- The minimum parcel size for a Drilling Licence is one GSA.
If Petroleum Titles Online (PTO) is used for submitting a posting, no other action is required.
For clients not using PTO, posting and/or re-posting requests can be submitted via facsimile or mail to the contact information provided below. A mailed version is strictly optional.
After a posting or re-posting request is submitted via facsimile, a return acknowledgement letter will be sent to the appropriate contact person (by facsimile) confirming the request has been received.
If an acknowledgement letter has not been received within a reasonable time after submission, please contact the Manager, Crown Sales and GIS Services as outlined below, and ask for confirmation that your posting has been received.
For requests for posting or re-posting Crown petroleum and natural gas rights for disposition submitted via facsimile or mail, submit the letter and supporting material to:
Manager, Crown Sales and GIS Services
Petroleum and Natural Gas Titles Branch
Oil and Gas Division
Ministry of Natural Gas Development
6th floor, 1810 Blanshard Street
PO Box 9326 STN PROV GOVT
Victoria, BC V8W 9N3
Posting requests must be submitted on or before the Closing Date for a given disposition as listed in the Disposition Dates Schedule. The entire (24-hour) day comprising the closing date is available for submissions. Late submissions will not be accepted.
Re-posting requests must be submitted on or before the NB or NAB Closing Date for a given disposition as listed in the Disposition Dates Schedule. The entire (24-hour) day comprising the closing date is available for submissions. Late submissions will not be accepted.
If there are any additional questions, please contact:
Petroleum and Natural Gas Titles Branch
Oil and Gas Division
phone: (250) 952-0333
fax: (250) 952-0331