1993 Legislative Session: 2nd Session, 35th Parliament
The following electronic version is for informational purposes only.
The printed version remains the official version.
Certified correct as passed Third Reading on the 7th day of June, 1993
Ian D. Izard, Law Clerk.
HONOURABLE ANNE EDWARDS
MINISTER OF ENERGY, MINES
AND PETROLEUM RESOURCES
HER MAJESTY, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Assembly of the Province of British Columbia, enacts as follows:
1 Section 1 of the Coal Act, R.S.B.C. 1979, c. 51, is amended
(a) in the definition of "block" by striking out "defined in" and substituting "defined under",
(b) by repealing the definition of "grid area", and
(c) in the definition of "unit" by striking out "defined in" and substituting "defined under".
2 Section 13 is amended
(a) in subsection (1) by striking out "in a grid area", and
(b) in subsection (3) (a) by striking out "within a grid area".
3 Section 23 (1) is amended by striking out ", where the licence locations are within a grid area,".
4 Section 1 of the Energy Efficiency Act, S.B.C. 1990, c. 40, is repealed and the following substituted:
1 In this Act "energy device" means a prescribed product that uses energy or controls or affects the use of energy.
5 Sections 2, 3 and 6 are amended by striking out "energy using device" wherever it appears and substituting "energy device".
6 Section 6 (1) is amended
(a) by repealing paragraph (a) and substituting the following:
(a) prescribing as an energy device any appliance, electric motor, electrical apparatus or manufactured building component or any product that controls or affects the use of energy, , and
(b) by adding the following paragraph:
(h.1) providing for information to be reported by persons who manufacture energy devices for sale in British Columbia in respect of the energy consumption or efficiency of all energy devices to which this Act applies, .
7 Section 1 of the Geothermal Resources Act, S.B.C. 1982, c. 14, is amended
(a) in the definition of "block" by striking out "in section 140 (3) of" and substituting "defined under", and
(b) in the definition of "unit" by striking out "meaning as in" and substituting "meaning as defined under".
8 Section 33 (1) of the Hydro and Power Authority Privatization Act, S.B.C. 1988, c. 39, is amended
(a) by striking out "and" at the end of paragraph (c) and by adding the following paragraph:
(i) the Lieutenant Governor in Council is satisfied that a company as defined in the Company Act intends to acquire or has acquired, as part of an arrangement referred to in section 276 (1) of that Act, more than 50% of the voting shares of a special company, and
(ii) that first mentioned company requests that it be designated under this paragraph, designating that first mentioned company as a special company, and , and
(b) in paragraph (d) by striking out "(b) or (c)," wherever it appears and substituting "(b), (c) or (c.1),".
9 Section 38 (3) is amended by striking out "a designation" and substituting "not more than 2 designations".
10 Section 1 of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Act, R.S.B.C. 1979, c. 323, is amended by repealing the definitions of "block", "grid area", "Peace River Block" and "unit".
11 Section 33.1 is amended by adding the following subsection:
(5) The commissioner may designate an employee of the ministry to act on behalf of the commissioner for the purposes of subsections (1) and (2).
12 Section 36 is amended by striking out "and" at the end of paragraph (a), by adding "; and" at the end of paragraph (b) and by adding the following paragraph:
(c) prescribing fees for an application for approval to undertake geophysical exploration.
13 Section 37 is amended by striking out "a grid area or a block or blocks in the same or adjoining grid areas that, combined, form an area having 4 sides," and substituting "a block,".
14 Section 49 (1) is amended by striking out "5 grids in area" and substituting "30 blocks in area".
15 Section 74 (1) is amended by striking out "an area included in Schedule 1 to this Act" and substituting "a prescribed area,".
16 Section 80 (1) is amended by striking out "lease location, unless the holder of the lease has commenced drilling a well and has diligently and continuously prosecuted drilling operations in the location of the lease, in which case the penalty is not payable for the year in which the drilling operations were conducted and for any subsequent year." and substituting "lease location."
17 Section 83 (1) (c) (ii) is amended by striking out "any 4 grid blocks as shown in the diagram accompanying section 140." and substituting "any 4 blocks."
18 Section 93.3 is amended by striking out "royalities" and substituting "royalties".
19 Section 127 is amended by striking out "specified, but in no event shall the production continue for more than 90 days." and substituting "specified."
20 Section 132 is repealed and the following substituted:
132 A person must not commence geological or geophysical work until the person has notified the commissioner, or an employee of the ministry designated by the commissioner for that purpose, of his or her intention to do so.
21 Section 140 (1) to (5) is repealed.
22 Section 141 (2) is amended by adding the following paragraphs:
(k) make regulations defining, for the purpose of this Act or the regulations, any word or expression not defined in this Act;
(l) make regulations defining or describing the Peace River Block;
(m) make regulations defining the petroleum and natural gas grid by means of a set of universal transverse mercator map projection coordinates;
(n) for the purpose of section 74 (1), prescribe an area;
(o) make regulations to extend the term and cancel the rental and work requirements for a permit, drilling licence or lease, or a portion of a permit, drilling licence or lease, if the holder of the location is prevented from doing work during a Provincial land use study, evaluation or planning process.
23 Schedule 1 is repealed.
24 Section 133 (2) of the Utilities Commission Act, S.B.C. 1980, c. 60, is repealed.
25 The following section is added:
133.1 (1) The commission may order a participant in a proceeding before the commission to pay all or part of the costs of another participant in the proceeding.
(2) If the commission considers it to be in the public interest, the commission may pay all or part of the costs of participants in proceedings before the commission that were commenced on or after April 1, 1993 or that are commenced after the coming into force of this subsection.
(3) Amounts paid for costs under subsection (2) must not exceed the limits prescribed for the purposes of this section.
26 Sections 1 to 7 and 10 to 24 come into force by regulation of the Lieutenant Governor in Council.
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