144. The licensee must carry out or cause to be carried out, to the satisfaction of the Minister, in the territory covered by his licence, exploration work consisting of geological or geophysical surveys, tests or the drilling of wells or test holes, in conformity with the regulations, at the following cost:
(a) first year: $0.50 per hectare; minimum, $3 000;
(b) second year: $1 per hectare; minimum, $6 000;
(c) third year: $1.50 per hectare; minimum, $9 000;
(d) fourth year: $2 per hectare; minimum, $12 000;
(e) fifth year: $2.50 per hectare; minimum, $15 000.
For the purposes of this section and of section 148, the Minister may accept as counting, in the same manner as work done in the territory covered by the licence, any work that the licensee has done or caused to be done outside the said territory, if the Minister deems that it was necessary or useful for exploration in the territory under licence.
In such a case, the licensee must furnish the Minister with all the samples, information, reports and other documents concerning such work as if it had been done in the territory covered by his licence.
1965 (1st sess.), c. 34, s. 143; 1968, c. 36, s. 9; 1970, c. 27, s. 29; 1977, c. 60, s. 89.