Mines and Minerals Act 1996 (No. 5 of 1996). | Land Portal

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This Act provides rules relative to the exploration for and the exploitation of mineral resources and related matters such as the grant of mineral rights and (restriction of) rights on the surface, protection of the environment and the resolution of disputes. No grant of rights in minerals shall be valid unless granted in accordance with this Act. The Minister may designate an Inspector of Mines and Minerals. Mineral rights shall be granted by Agreement with the Minister, whereas a reconnaissance licence, exclusive prospecting licences or mining licences shall be granted by the Minister upon application. The Inspector shall keep a register of every mineral right granted under this Act. Non-exclusive prospecting licences may be granted by the Inspector. In deciding on a mineral right, the Minister of the Inspector, as the case may be, shall take into consideration protection of the environment and may attach conditions in this regard (including conditions regarding soil rehabilitation) to a mineral right. Such conditions may be enforced by Notice of the Minister. The Act also establishes a Board for the hearing of all disputes arising in relation with matters covered by this Act.

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