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14. Paragraph (84) of section 53 of the "Municipal Act," being Repeal. chapter 170 of the "Revised Statutes of British Columbia, 1911,"
is hereby amended by striking out the word "milk" in the second
line of said paragraph.
15. Paragraph (84c) of said section 53 of the "Municipal Act," Repeal. as enacted by section 12 of chapter 25 of the Statutes of 1912, is
16. Except as hereinbefore provided, this Act shall come into Commencement. force on the first day of June, 1913.
Printed by WILLIAM H. CULLIN, Printer to the King's Most Excellent Majesty.
[1st March, 1913.]
IS MAJESTY, by and with the advice and consent of the
enacts as follows:
c. 159; 1912, c. 24.
1. This Act may be cited as the "Coal and Petroleum Act Amend. Short title. ment Act, 1913."
2. Section 2 of the "Coal and Petroleum Act," being chapter 159 of the "Revised Statutes of British Columbia, 1911," is hereby repealed, and the following is substituted therefor:
Staking lands for
purpose of obtaining licence.
"2. (1.) Any person may, upon complying with the provisions of this Act, secure a licence to prospect for coal, petroleum, or natural coal-prospecting gas"(a.) Upon any unreserved lands held by the Crown for the benefit of the Province, including any lands covered by water, under which coal-measures or petroleum or natural gas are believed to exist; or
"(b.) Upon lands the right whereon to enter and raise and get thereout any coal or petroleum or natural gas is reserved to the Crown; or
"(c.) Upon lands held under lease from the Crown, in which lease the minerals, and power to work, carry away, and dispose of the same, are excepted or reserved.
"(2.) Any person desirous of securing such licence shall, before entering into possession of the particular lands he may wish to acquire and work for coal, petroleum, or natural gas, place at one angle or corner of the land to be applied for a stake or post at least four inches square, and standing not less than four feet above the
Notice of intention to apply for licence.
Shape of land to be
surface of the ground; and upon such post he shall inscribe his name and the angle represented thereby, thus: A. B.'s N.E. corner' (meaning north-east corner), or as the case may be, and shall forthwith cause a written or printed notice of his intention to apply for such a licence to be posted on some conspicuous part of the land to be applied for by him.
"(3.) Within sixty days after such staking the applicant shall cause to be posted in the office of the Commissioner of Lands for the land district or division of a land district, as the case may be, in which the lands are situated a written or printed notice of his intention to apply for such licence, and within the same period shall publish the said notice in the Gazette, and in some newspaper circulating in the district, for thirty clear days."
3. Section 4 of said chapter 159 is hereby repealed, and the following is substituted therefor:—
"4. Every piece of land sought to be acquired under a prospecting licence pursuant to the provisions of this Act shall be of a rectan gular shape, and shall include within the general limits therein defined land not exceeding six hundred and forty acres for each licensee, and such land shall be in one block. Six hundred and forty acres shall measure eighty chains by eighty chains, and all lines shall be run true north and south, and true east and west:
"Provided, however, that, when a licence is applied for respecting lands which have been surveyed or previously located, in whole or in part, under the provisions of the Land Act,' such application may be required to conform to such existing survey or the subsequent survey of such prior location. In such event the length of boundaries and the area to be included in such licence shall be at the discretion of the Minister: Provided always that no excess area in any licence shall exceed forty acres, and that a licence may be granted for any area less than six hundred and forty acres when deemed advisable."
4. Section 5 of said chapter 159, as amended by section 2 of chapter 24 of the Statutes of 1912, is hereby repealed, and the following is substituted therefor:
"5. Every applicant for such licence, upon proving to the satisfaction of the Minister of Lands that he has bona fide explored for coal, petroleum, or natural gas during the said term of one year, and that he has expended not less than fifty dollars in such exploration work, shall be entitled to an extension of the same term for a second period of one year upon payment of a further sum of one hundred dollars for each and every licence. An extension of the term for a third period of one year may be granted on like conditions and terms as the first extension: Provided that in lieu of such exploration work such applicant may pay to the Minister of Lands
the sum of one hundred and fifty dollars for each licence or renewal licence, and such payment shall relieve the applicant from the necessity of doing any work during the year in and for which such payment is made: Provided also that in lieu of such exploration work such licence-holder who has had the land included in his licence surveyed, and has filed in the office of the Minister of Lands a declaration by a surveyor approved of and acting under instructions from the Minister of Lands, stating that he has surveyed such lands in the manner provided by paragraph (a) of subsection (1) of section 21 hereof, and has delivered to the Minister of Lands a plat of the lands so surveyed and a copy of the original field-notes, and has delivered two copies of the plat and one copy of the fieldnotes to the licensee of such lands, then such licensee shall be entitled to have the cost of such survey (not being less than one hundred and fifty dollars) counted as work done on the lands so licensed as required by this section, and such licensee shall thereupon be relieved from doing further exploration work under such licence:
"Provided also that if it shall appear that the holder of any licence has failed or neglected to pay the sum of one hundred dollars for the renewal of any licence, otherwise renewable, before the expiry date of said licence, or has failed or neglected before such date to satisfy the Minister of Lands as to the expenditure of at least fifty dollars in exploration work upon the ground covered by said licence, he shall, upon payment of the sum of one hundred and fifty dollars and an additional sum of twenty-five dollars within three months after the expiration of the said licence, be entitled to a renewal thereof, provided the land covered thereby is still vacant Crown land:
default on payment
of extra fee.
"Provided, however, that in any such renewal of a licence issued Limitation of right to purchase land over reserved lands, such renewal and any subsequent renewal shall held under licence. contain a proviso that the licensee shall not be entitled to purchase any part of the surface of the land held under such licence, except so much as, in the opinion of the Minister of Lands, the licensee may require for carrying on mining operations in connection with said. licence."
5. Section 9 of said chapter 159 is hereby amended by striking Amends s. 9. out the words "and petroleum" in the second line thereof, and substituting therefor the words "petroleum and natural gas."
6. Section 11 of said chapter 159 is hereby repealed, and the following is substituted therefor
"11. Any holder of a licence to prospect for coal, petroleum, Petition for or natural gas issued under this Act, including licences issued petitioner entitled under the provisions of said Order in Council, approved the fourth to obtain lease. day of June, 1904, or the assignee of such holder, and whether