In late December 2004, the Ministry of Water, Land and Air Protection provided West Coast Environmental Law (West Coast) with its Code of Practice Intentions Paper [Code of Practice for the Discharge of Produced Water from Coalbed Gas Operations] for comment. The Intentions Paper is a summary document outlining the Ministry’s proposed Code of Practice.
West Coast welcomes the opportunity to provide comments; however, a limited process is no substitute for full, transparent involvement of citizens and non-governmental organizations around the issue of coalbed methane development in British Columbia.
West Coast has assembled two documents which comment on the Intentions Paper or proposed Code of Practice:
- A Technical Review of the Intentions Paper, prepared on behalf of West Coast by the Center for Science in Public Participation and
- This report, which reviews the Intentions Paper in light of West Coast’s Checklist for BC Code of Practice for Discharge of Produced Water from Coalbed Gas Operations – released in August 2004. Our comments respond to the questions that we asked in our Checklist in anticipation of the release of a Code of Practice.