232. Every holder of mining rights and every operator who temporarily or permanently discontinues mining activities shall take the protective measures prescribed by regulation and, when the land subject to mining rights or mining operations is situated in a territory delimited, by ministerial order, for non-exclusive purposes of recreation, tourism, plant-life or wildlife conservation or the preservation of an exceptional forest ecosystem classified by the Minister, he shall take such additional protective measures as the Minister may determine.
If the holder or operator fails to take the measures, the Minister may cause them to be taken at the expense of the holder or operator.
The first paragraph does not apply in the case of a strike, lock-out, cessation of underground exploration or operation of a mine for a period of less than six months or for a longer period where the mine is under the supervision of a watchman who carries out a weekly inspection of underground works.
1987, c. 64, s. 232; 1991, c. 23, s. 5; 2001, c. 6, s. 148.