256. In order to permit the development and working of placers containing gold or other minerals, the Minister of Energy and Resources, upon petition, may grant the operator the right to divert the water of any river, brook or lake.
The Minister of Energy and Resources, after hearing the parties and their witnesses following a suitable inquiry, may determine the conditions upon which such right shall be exercised and make any order necessary for the exercise thereof, the whole subject to the liability of the operator for all damages which may result from the diversion of the water.
1965 (1st sess.), c. 34, s. 227; 1973, c. 38, s. 138; 1979, c. 81, s. 20.