1998/99 Legislative Session: 3rd Session, 36th Parliament

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BILL M 203 -- 1998


HER MAJESTY, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia, enacts as follows:

The Mineral Tenure Act is amended by adding the following section:

Uranium Moratorium

17.1 Interpretation

(1) In this section

"chief inspector" means the Chief Inspector of Mines under the Mines Act;

"explore" includes prospecting or searching for minerals by drilling, trenching, blasting or driving workings underground;

"lessee" means the holder of a placer lease issued under the Mining (Placer) Act;

"mineral" means mineral as defined in the Mineral Act and Mining (Placer) Act;

"mining property" means mining property as defined in the Mineral Act and includes a Crown-granted 2 post claim;

"place lease" means a lease issued under section 7 of the Mining (Placer) Act.

Mineral reserve and placer mining reserve

(2) (a) The Province of British Columbia is designated as a mineral reserve and a placer mining reserve in respect of the mineral uranium.

(b) No person shall explore for, develop, mine or produce any mineral for its uranium content on the reserve created under subsection (a).

Discovery of uranium in samples

(3) (a) Subject to section 4, where, during the course of exploring for a mineral, uranium is encountered which, to the knowledge of the person who encounters it, has uranium in a quantity exceeding 0.5 kg of uranium for every tonne of mineral in place, no person shall explore for any mineral on

(i) the mining property, or

(ii) the land covered by a placer lease

where the uranium in that proportion has been encountered.

(b) A person who encounters uranium in the proportion referred to in subsection (1) shall report that fact in writing to the chief inspector within 7 days after he/she learns that the mineral he/she has encountered has uranium that exceeds the proportion referred to in subsection (a).

Discovery of uranium in ore bodies

(4) Where, in the course of developing a mine or producing a mineral from a mineral body, minerals with an average grade of .01% uranium by weight are discovered, the owner, manager or agent of the mine shall

(a) order all development and production to cease, and

(b) within 7 days, inform the chief inspector that minerals containing uranium in that grade have been discovered.


This Act comes into effect on Royal Assent.

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