Dalhousie Law Journal


oil, gas, Atlantic Canada, offshore, onshore, exploration, surface access, regulation, pooling provisions, unitization provisions, royalties, abandonment, liability


The focus ofoiland gas development in the Atlantic region has for many years been on the offshore areas. However, there is active exploration and some production onshore, and it is likely that interest and investment will increase in this sector in coming years. This paper considers the legislative regimes for onshore oil and gas development in the Atlantic provinces-including tenure arrangements, surface access issues, operational regulation, pooling and unitization provisions, royalties and abandonment and liability-with comparisons to schemes applicable in western Canada. The existing legislative regimes in the Atlantic region date back many years, and are likely to be the focus of further attention and reform as this sector continues to develop.