The Office of the Regulator of Oil and Gas Operations (OROGO) regulates operations outside of federally managed areas and the Inuvialuit Settlement Region for the primary purpose of ensuring safety, environmental protection, and conservation of oil and gas reserves. The Minister of Justice was designated as the Regulator on February 22, 2016. OROGO has an arm's length relationship to the Government. More information is available on the OROGO site.
The Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment (ITI) is responsible for:
- Petroleum resources policy
- Petroleum exploration and development
- Intra-territorial pipeline regulation
- Benefit Plans
Within ITI, the Petroleum Resource Division (PRD) is responsible for petroleum and natural gas rights issuance, management and administration of Exploration Licences, Significant Discovery Licences and Production Licences for the onshore of the NWT. These rights are issued pursuant to the Petroleum Resources Act. The Northwest Territories Geological Survey provides support in the evaluation of technical submissions to PRD and OROGO. Petroleum related acts and regulations are administered by the ITI.