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Oil and Natural Gas Permit

In order to conduct oil and natural gas exploration in Prince Edward Island, a permit is required which clearly defines the area of exploration. All permits are issued on a competitive bid basis.

The Oil and Natural Gas Act is online as a PDF document.

Bid Process
  • Minister issues calls for bids as a result of an industry request or on his own initiative. Calls for bids are advertised in the Royal Gazette and other publications.
  • Companies obtain bid package which includes a list of instructions and related forms.
  • Minister may issue permit as a result of a call for bids.
  • Permits are issued for six years onshore and nine years offshore.
  • After the permit is issued, a company does the work described in the bid. Before a company can drill an exploratory well they have to have a well authorization which costs $25.00.
  • A company must also apply for a Rig Licence and prior to drilling, the company must comply with all terms and conditions of the PEI Environmental Protection Act and comply with applicable labour statutes.

Fees

The cost for a Rig Licence is $25.00

Forms

Rig Licence, Application for
  (PDF)     
Well Authorization, Application for
  (PDF)     

Service Location

Charlottetown
Jones Building
Map


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