Amendments to the Mining Act
Adjustements to fine tune the mining system
The government adopted the Québec Protected Areas Strategy, in the last few years. The Ministère des Ressources naturelles et de la Faune (MRNF) is already contributing to it through the exceptional forest ecosystems, in particular, and intends to cooperate even more by protecting outstanding geological sites (OGS). The goal is to protect Québec's geological heritage, which, in a manner of speaking, is part of the Earth's archives.
The Act amending the Mining Act was assented to on December 16, 2005. In addition to the special protection measures for OGSs, the Department made additional amendments to the Mining Act:
- The Minister's power to classify outstanding geological sites to ensure the conservation and protection of Québec's geological heritage.
- A length of eighteen months, instead of six , for the temporary suspension of the right to stake land or designate it on a map. This suspension usually precedes a ministerial order reserving land to the State or withdrawing it from mining activities.
- The possibility for an inspector, authorized by the Minister, to take photographs on land where an activity governed by the Mining Act is being carried out, to prove a penal offence in court.
- The prohibition against prospecting on land withdrawn from mining activities or subject to a notice of temporary suspension.
- The transmission of a monthly or quarterly report of activities from mine operators within 30 days after the end of the period referred to in the report.