31. The application for authorization or approval of an activity, except the authorization for geochemical surveying and the approval of the petroleum enhanced recovery project, must be accompanied by a safety and community involvement program detailing elements likely to have an impact on the safety of persons and property.
The safety and community involvement program must include, in particular, (1) a plan at a scale of 1:500 showing the layout of the activity site, including, in particular,
(a) the dimensions of the site;
(b) access roads;
(c) the actual or proposed location of the casing head and the bottom of the wellbore covered by the authorization or approval application; and
(d) existing or proposed storage equipment, installations, infrastructures and basins;
(2) a description of the mitigation measures that will be implemented to take into account the harmonization of land use and minimize disruptions for the local communities;
(3) an emergency response plan compliant with CSA Standard Z731, Emergency Preparedness and Response, published by the Canadian Standards Association;
(4) a plan for communication with the local communities revised by the monitoring committee;
(5) an estimate of the economic benefits for the region; and
(6) any other information or document deemed necessary by the Minister.
For the application for a geophysical surveying authorization, the safety and community involvement program must also include a schedule of navigation and the period during which it will take place and a map showing routes. However, it does not have to include the elements provided for in subparagraphs 1 and 3 of the second paragraph.
The Minister may exempt the holder from providing a safety and community involvement program if the holder demonstrates that the duration and scope of the activity do not justify such a program.