67. Any part of a watercourse with a natural force equal to or greater than 225 kilowatts at its ordinary flow during 6 months together with a strip of land 20 metres in width on each side of the watercourse shall be excluded from any claim and reserved to the State.
The Minister may add to the reserve any area he considers necessary for the development and utilization of the waterpower. Where such an addition is made after the registration of a claim on the land, compensation shall be paid to the claim holder in an amount equal to the amounts spent for all the work performed, on the filing of the reports on that work.
The Minister may, subject to certain conditions, authorize a claim holder to explore for mineral substances on the reserved land.
1987, c. 64, s. 67; 1988, c. 53, s. 2; 1999, c. 40, s. 178; 2013, c. 32, s. 32.