Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Resources Accord Implementation Act
Marginal note:Drilling orders
79 (1) Subject to subsections (2) to (4) and sections 32 to 37, the Board may, at any time after making a declaration of significant discovery, by order subject to section 127, require the interest owner of any interest in relation to any portion of the significant discovery area to drill a well on any portion of the significant discovery area that is subject to that interest, in accordance with such directions as may be set out in the order, and to commence the drilling within one year after the making of the order or within such longer period as the Board specifies in the order.
(2) No order may be made under subsection (1) with respect to any interest owner who has completed a well on the relevant portion of the offshore area within six months prior to the making of the order.
(3) No order may be made under subsection (1) within the three years immediately following the well termination date of the well indicating the relevant significant discovery.
(4) No order made under subsection (1) may require an interest owner to drill more than one well at a time on the relevant portion of the offshore area.
Definition of well termination date
(5) For the purposes of subsection (3), well termination date means the date on which a well has been abandoned, completed or suspended in accordance with any applicable drilling regulations.
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