The Balochistan Mineral Rules 2002 serve as a comprehensive legal framework governing mineral exploration, mining operations, and the management of mineral resources in the province of Balochistan, Pakistan. These rules provide detailed guidelines and regulations that ensure the responsible and sustainable development of the mineral sector, while also addressing environmental protection, community development, and financial obligations of the stakeholders involved.

The following compilation of commonly asked questions and answers is designed to elucidate various aspects of the Balochistan Mineral Rules 2002. This extensive Q&A covers definitions, the application process for mineral titles, the obligations of licensees and lessees, compliance requirements, penalties for non-compliance, and the roles of various authorities and committees. It aims to provide clarity and a better understanding of the regulatory landscape for practitioners, investors, and other stakeholders engaged in mineral exploration and mining activities in Balochistan. Through this detailed exploration, readers will gain insights into the procedural intricacies, legal obligations, and enforcement mechanisms embedded within the Balochistan Mineral Rules 2002.

  • Q: What is the short title of these rules? A: These rules are called the Balochistan Mineral Rules, 2002.
  • Q: To which area do these rules apply? A: They apply to the whole of Balochistan.
  • Q: What does the term “assignee” mean under these rules? A: An “assignee” means a person to whom a mineral title is assigned or transferred under these Rules.
  • Q: Define “associated mineral.” A: An “associated mineral” means a mineral which is combined or associated with the mineral or minerals to which a mineral title relates in such circumstances that it is physically impossible to mine the mineral or minerals included in the mineral title without also mining the associated mineral.
  • Q: Who is the “authorised Officer”? A: An “authorised Officer” in relation to any provision of these Rules, means a person delegated with the powers under rule 4(1).
  • Q: What does “Company” refer to in these rules? A: “Company” refers to (i) a company as defined in the Companies Ordinance, 1984 (XLVII of 1984); (ii) a body corporate formed by or under any law for the time being in force in Pakistan; or (iii) a body corporate incorporated by or under the law of a country outside Pakistan relating to the incorporation of companies.
  • Q: What is a “concession” under these rules? A: A “concession” means a prospecting licence or mining lease under rules 76 and 83.
  • Q: What does the term “conditions” include? A: “Conditions” include terms, limitations, and stipulations.
  • Q: What is meant by “Directorate General”? A: “Directorate General” means the section of the Department with responsibility for the grant of mineral titles and mineral concessions.
  • Q: Define “drilling” in the context of these rules. A: “Drilling” means the perforation of the earth’s surface otherwise than by pitting, trenching or sinking a shaft, whether the hole is vertical, inclined or horizontal, and includes all operations for preventing the collapse of the sides of the hole or for preventing the hole from becoming filled with extraneous matter, including water.
  • Q: What does “exploration” entail? A: “Exploration” means intentionally searching for minerals and includes the determination of their extent and economic value.
  • Q: What is an “exploration area”? A: An “exploration area” means the area of land, including its lateral limits, to which an exploration licence relates.
  • Q: What is an “exploration licence”? A: An “exploration licence” means an exploration licence issued under Rule 28.
  • Q: Define “exploration operations.” A: “Exploration operations” means any operations carried on in connection with exploration, including any accessing, extraction or incidental winning of any mineral for the purpose of mineralogical examination, assaying, test work or marketability surveys.
  • Q: What are “good reconnaissance practices”? A: “Good reconnaissance practices” means practices which are generally accepted internationally by persons involved in reconnaissance operations as good, safe, and necessary in carrying out such operations.
  • Q: What does “Government” refer to in these rules? A: “Government” refers to the Government of Balochistan.
  • Q: Who is the “Governor”? A: The “Governor” means the Governor of Balochistan.
  • Q: What is a “group” in relation to minerals? A: A “group” in relation to minerals means minerals declared in the Third Schedule to constitute a group of minerals.
  • Q: What does “in default” mean? A: “In default” means in breach of any provision of these Rules or of any condition of a mineral title or a mineral concession.
  • Q: Define “land” as per these rules. A: “Land” includes land beneath water and the subsoil of land.
  • Q: What are “lateral limits”? A: “Lateral limits” in relation to an area of land subject to a mineral title or a mineral concession, means the vertical lines passing through the sides by which that area is bounded.
  • Q: Who is a “lessee”? A: A “lessee” means the person or a company who is the holder of a mining lease and includes the successor in interest and the permitted assignee of such a person.
  • Q: What is a “licensee”? A: A “licensee” means a person or a company who is the holder of a reconnaissance licence, an exploration licence, a mineral deposit retention licence or a prospecting licence and includes the successor in interest and the permitted assignee of such a person.
  • Q: Who is the “licensing authority”? A: The “licensing authority” means the Technical Head of the Directorate General of Mines and Minerals to whom applications for mineral titles or mineral concessions are to be submitted and who is empowered to grant mineral titles and mineral concessions pursuant to these Rules.
  • Q: Define “mine” when used as a noun. A: “Mine” means any surface or underground excavation where any operation for the purpose of searching for or obtaining a mineral has been or is being carried on, and includes all works, machinery, tramway, ropeway and siding, whether above or below ground, in or adjacent to or belonging to or appurtenant to a mine but does not include the manufacturing or processing plant.
  • Q: Define “mine” when used as a verb. A: “Mine” means to carry on mining operations.
  • Q: What does “mineral” refer to? A: “Mineral” means all surface and sub-surface natural deposits of ores and metals and other metallic and non-metallic substances but does not include radioactive minerals necessary for the generation of nuclear energy, mineral oil, or natural gas.
  • Q: What is a “mineral agreement”? A: A “mineral agreement” means an agreement referred to in Rule 9.
  • Q: Who comprises the “mines committee”? A: The “mines committee” is established under Rule 3 and includes the Technical Head of the Directorate General of Mines and Minerals, the Director Licensing, the Director Exploration and Promotion, a representative of the Secretary, Department of Mines and Minerals, and a representative of the Balochistan Mine Owners Association (non-voting member).
  • Q: What is a “mineral deposit retention licence”? A: A “mineral deposit retention licence” means a mineral deposit retention licence issued under Rule 39.
  • Q: Define “mineral operation.” A: “Mineral operation” means exploration operations or mining operations or both.
  • Q: What is a “mineral title”? A: A “mineral title” means a reconnaissance licence, an exploration licence, a mineral deposit retention licence or a mining lease.
  • Q: What is a “mining area”? A: A “mining area” means an area of land, including its lateral limits, to which a mining lease relates.
  • Q: What is a “mining lease”? A: A “mining lease” means a mining lease issued under Rules 49 and 83.
  • Q: Define “mining operations.” A: “Mining operations” means any operations carried out in connection with the development of a mine or the production of minerals from the mine or both.
  • Q: What is a “prospecting licence”? A: A “prospecting licence” means a licence issued under Rule 78.
  • Q: What is a “reconnaissance area”? A: A “reconnaissance area” means the area of land, including its lateral limits, to which a reconnaissance licence relates.
  • Q: What is a “reconnaissance licence”? A: A “reconnaissance licence” means a reconnaissance licence issued under Rule 20.
  • Q: What are “reconnaissance operations”? A: “Reconnaissance operations” means any operations carried on in a general search for any mineral by means of aerial sensing techniques, including geophysical surveys, photo geological mapping or imagery carried on from the air.
  • Q: Who is a “registered mine surveyor”? A: A “registered mine surveyor” means a mine surveyor who is registered by the licensing authority pursuant to rule 65.
  • Q: What is a “retention area”? A: A “retention area” means the area of land, including its lateral limits, to which a mineral deposit retention licence relates.
  • Q: What does “Secretary” mean? A: “Secretary” means the Secretary to the Department and includes any person within the meaning of the term as defined in clause (XX) of Rule 2(1) of the Rules of Business.
  • Q: What is “small scale mining”? A: “Small scale mining” has the meaning given by rule 74.
  • Q: What is the role of the mines committee? A: The mines committee advises the licensing authority on matters concerning the administration of these Rules, including the grant, renewal, refusal, or amendment of mineral titles or mineral concessions.
  • Q: How often does the mines committee meet? A: The mines committee meets as often as necessary for the transaction of its business but at least once every two months.
  • Q: Can the licensing authority delegate its functions? A: Yes, the licensing authority may delegate any of its functions under these Rules to an officer named in the instrument of delegation.
  • Q: What is the confidentiality rule regarding information disclosed under these Rules? A: Information disclosed to the licensing authority or an officer employed in the Department shall not be disclosed to any person who is not the licensing authority or such an officer or employee of the Department without prior written approval, except as authorised or required by law, for court orders, for compiling official statistical information, or for implementing these Rules.
  • Q: What are the different types of mineral titles that may be issued under these Rules? A: The mineral titles that may be issued are reconnaissance licences, exploration licences, mineral deposit retention licences, and mining leases.
  • Q: What is the maximum number of mineral titles or concessions an applicant can hold? A: An applicant may hold a maximum of two mineral titles or concessions in respect of any particular mineral, unless the licensing authority is satisfied that circumstances justify granting more in the interest of mineral resource development.
  • Q: Can the Government enter into mineral agreements? A: Yes, the Government may enter into mineral agreements with persons proposing to carry on mineral operations if substantial foreign investment is likely and the undertaking is desirable for the development of mineral resources.
  • Q: What happens if a mineral agreement is inconsistent with these Rules? A: Any provision in a mineral agreement inconsistent with these Rules or any other law shall be of no force or effect to the extent of the inconsistency.
  • Q: What should be included in an application for a mineral title or concession? A: The application must be in writing, in the prescribed form, accompanied by the required fee, relevant information, and may be withdrawn by notice in writing to the licensing authority.
  • Q: How are applications for mineral titles considered when received on the same date? A: Applications received on the same date are deemed to have been received simultaneously and are considered in the order they are received.
  • Q: What does the licensing authority maintain in the register of applications for mineral titles? A: The register includes the number of the application, date and time of receipt, postal acknowledgment, and documents received.
  • Q: What rights does the Government have over data obtained from exploration or mining operations? A: The Government has the exclusive right to all data obtained from exploration or mining operations, including geological, geophysical, geochemical, and other related data.
  • Q: Can the holder of a mineral title use the data obtained from their operations? A: Yes, the holder of a mineral title or concession has the right to use the data for exploration or mining operations and to retain copies or samples of the data.
  • Q: What is required from the licensee in terms of record-keeping? A: The licensee must prepare and keep proper records of all activities, studies, results, interpretations, and assessments related to the exploration or mining operations.
  • Q: What should be included in the quarterly reports submitted by the licensee? A: The quarterly reports should include a summary of activities, results, interpretations, assessments, and any other information required by the licensing authority.
  • Q: When should the final report be submitted by the licensee? A: The final report should be submitted within 60 days after the end of the exploration licence period or any renewal period.
  • Q: What are the obligations of the lessee under a mining lease? A: The lessee must commence mining operations within six months of the lease issue, carry out operations according to the approved plan, and obtain approval for any material changes to the plan.
  • Q: What action can the licensing authority take if the lessee ceases mining operations? A: The licensing authority can investigate, approve the cessation or reduction of operations with conditions, or refuse approval and give directions to the lessee.
  • Q: What does “force majeure” mean under these Rules? A: “Force majeure” refers to events beyond the control of the licensee or lessee, such as natural disasters, war, insurrection, or other acts that prevent fulfilling the terms and conditions of the licence or lease.
  • Q: Are the holders of mineral titles jointly and severally liable? A: Yes, where a mineral title or concession is held by more than one holder, their liability for any breach is joint and several.
  • Q: Can competitive bids be invited for mineral titles or concessions? A: Yes, the licensing authority may invite competitive bids for the issue of exploration licences, mining leases, or mining concessions.
  • Q: What is the appeal process for decisions made by the licensing authority? A: Any person aggrieved by a decision of the licensing authority can appeal to the Government within thirty days of the decision.
  • Q: What documents are required to lodge an appeal? A: The appeal must be accompanied by the original receipted challan of the appeal fee, an attested copy of the impugned order, and any other relevant documents.
  • Q: What constitutes a false or misleading statement under these Rules? A: Providing false or misleading information in material particulars to an authorised officer carrying out functions under these Rules is considered a false or misleading statement.
  • Q: What penalties can be imposed for contravening these Rules? A: Penalties as detailed in the Fifth Schedule can be imposed by the Licensing Authority or appropriate court for contraventions of these Rules.
  • Q: What happens to minerals won or mined during the commission of an offence? A: The court may order that any mineral or group of minerals won or mined during the commission of the offence be forfeited to the Government.
  • Q: Are licences or leases granted under previous laws still valid? A: Yes, any licence or lease granted, renewed, or saved under previous laws and existing immediately before the coming into force of these Rules shall be deemed to have been granted, renewed, or saved under these Rules.
  • Q: What is the responsibility of the licensee regarding the demarcation of land? A: The licensee must ensure that the land to which the title or concession relates is accurately demarcated within sixty days of the issue of such title or concession.
  • Q: What happens if the licensee fails to comply with the demarcation requirements? A: The licensing authority may carry out the demarcation and the licensee must pay the associated fee as specified.
  • Q: Can the licensee commence operations before demarcation is completed? A: No, the licensee must not commence any operations unless a demarcation certificate has been submitted and accepted by the licensing authority or with the written permission of the licensing authority.
  • Q: What is the role of a registered mine surveyor in demarcation? A: A registered mine surveyor carries out the demarcation and prepares a certificate confirming that the demarcation was done accurately and in accordance with the relevant survey data.
  • Q: What should be included in the records kept by the lessee? A: The records should include the nature, appraisal, and results of all mining operations, the nature and volume of minerals won, sold, or disposed of, the details of waste removed, and other relevant information.
  • Q: How often must the lessee submit returns to the licensing authority? A: The lessee must submit returns within 15 days after the end of each quarter or such other periodic intervals as may be required by the licensing authority.
  • Q: What information must be included in the quarterly returns? A: The quarterly returns should include a summary of mining operations, mineral volumes and values, waste removal details, and any other information required by the licensing authority.
  • Q: What is required in the final report submitted by the lessee? A: The final report should include an estimate of remaining mineral reserves, proposed mining operations for the succeeding year, and any other information required by the licensing authority.
  • Q: What is the penalty for not keeping proper records as required by these Rules? A: The penalty for not keeping proper records can include fines or other penalties as detailed in the Fifth Schedule.
  • Q: Can the licensing authority amend the terms of a licence or lease? A: Yes, the licensing authority can amend the terms or conditions of any mineral title or mineral concession as necessary.
  • Q: What is the process for transferring or assigning a mineral title or mining lease? A: The transfer or assignment must be approved in writing by the licensing authority and the transferee must be capable of holding the title or concession under these Rules.
  • Q: What are the consequences of subletting a mine without approval? A: Subletting a mine without approval is prohibited and can result in penalties or cancellation of the licence or lease.
  • Q: What does “force majeure” exempt a licensee or lessee from? A: Force majeure exempts a licensee or lessee from claims for breach of terms and conditions of the licence or lease to the extent that the failure arises from events beyond their control.
  • Q: Are royalties and other dues exempt during force majeure? A: No, the licensee or lessee is still obligated to pay any royalties, annual charges, rent, or other dues that became due prior to the force majeure.
  • Q: How are disputes between holders of mineral titles resolved? A: Disputes between holders of mineral titles are resolved through the procedures established by the licensing authority or the mines committee.
  • Q: What is the role of the Federal Government in mineral agreements? A: The Federal Government may be a party to and assist in the negotiation of mineral agreements, especially when substantial foreign investment is involved.
  • Q: What happens if a lessee temporarily ceases mining operations? A: The lessee must give notice to the licensing authority, which may investigate and either approve the cessation with conditions or refuse approval and give directions.
  • Q: What is required for the amendment of a mining lease? A: The lessee must apply for the amendment, and the application must include the extension or reduction of the mining area or the addition of any discovered minerals not included in the lease.
  • Q: What are the obligations of the lessee regarding the development and operation of the mine? A: The lessee must commence mining operations within six months, carry out operations according to the approved plan, and obtain approval for any material changes to the plan.
  • Q: What is the maximum duration for a mining lease? A: The maximum duration for a mining lease is twenty-five years, which may be renewed for a further period or periods not exceeding twenty-five years each.
  • Q: What is the requirement for annual rental and royalty payments? A: The lessee must pay annual rental and royalties as specified in the lease agreement and in accordance with these Rules.
  • Q: What is the procedure for surrendering a mineral title or concession? A: The holder must give notice to the licensing authority and comply with any conditions or obligations specified in the Rules or the licence agreement.
  • Q: What happens if a mineral title or concession is cancelled? A: The holder must cease operations, and any equipment, installations, or infrastructure must be removed or dealt with as directed by the licensing authority.
  • Q: How is the area of a mining lease or licence demarcated? A: The area must be accurately demarcated by a registered mine surveyor, and a demarcation certificate must be submitted to and accepted by the licensing authority.
  • Q: What are the reporting requirements for exploration licences? A: The licensee must submit quarterly reports, keep proper records, and submit a final report within 60 days after the end of the exploration licence period.
  • Q: What information must be included in the exploration licence reports? A: The reports must include details of all activities, studies, results, interpretations, assessments, and any other information required by the licensing authority.
  • Q: What is required for the renewal of a mining lease? A: The lessee must apply for renewal at least twelve months before the expiry of the lease, and the application must include any proposed changes to the lease conditions.
  • Q: What is the penalty for not complying with the terms and conditions of a mineral title? A: Non-compliance can result in penalties, fines, or cancellation of the mineral title as detailed in the Fifth Schedule.
  • Q: What is the process for resolving disputes related to mineral titles? A: Disputes are resolved through the procedures established by the licensing authority, the mines committee, or through arbitration or litigation as specified in the Rules or agreements.
  • Q: Can the licensing authority revoke a mineral title? A: Yes, the licensing authority can revoke a mineral title for non-compliance, failure to meet obligations, or other breaches as specified in the Rules.
  • Q: What is the role of the Technical Head of the Directorate General of Mines and Minerals? A: The Technical Head acts as the licensing authority, responsible for granting, renewing, amending, and revoking mineral titles and concessions.
  • Q: What does the term “exploration area” refer to? A: “Exploration area” refers to the area of land, including its lateral limits, to which an exploration licence relates.
  • Q: How is the fair market value of minerals determined? A: The fair market value is determined on an arms-length basis, as specified in mineral agreements or by the licensing authority.
  • Q: Can the Government establish processing facilities in Balochistan? A: Yes, mineral agreements may include provisions for the establishment of secondary and tertiary processing facilities in Balochistan.
  • Q: What is required for the assignment of rights under a mineral title? A: The assignment must be approved in writing by the licensing authority, and the assignee must assume all obligations and comply with the terms and conditions of the title.
  • Q: What is the role of the mines committee in granting mineral titles? A: The mines committee advises the licensing authority on the grant, renewal, amendment, or refusal of mineral titles and concessions.
  • Q: What is the duration of a reconnaissance licence? A: The duration of a reconnaissance licence is specified in the licence agreement, typically not exceeding twelve months, with possible extensions.
  • Q: What is required for the renewal of an exploration licence? A: The licensee must apply for renewal before the expiry of the licence and meet any conditions or obligations specified by the licensing authority.
  • Q: What are the penalties for providing false or misleading information? A: Providing false or misleading information can result in penalties, including fines or cancellation of the mineral title, as specified in the Fifth Schedule.
  • Q: What is the process for competitive bidding for mineral titles? A: The licensing authority may invite competitive bids on an open basis for the issue of exploration licences, mining leases, or mining concessions.
  • Q: Can the lessee sublet the mine? A: No, subletting the mine for extraction purposes is prohibited without the approval of the licensing authority.
  • Q: What is included in the final report submitted by the licensee? A: The final report includes all information, studies, results, interpretations, assessments, and an evaluation of the prospects of mineral discovery.
  • Q: What is required for the approval of a mining plan? A: The mining plan must be submitted to the licensing authority for approval, detailing the development and operation of the mine.
  • Q: What happens if the lessee fails to commence mining operations within six months? A: The licensing authority may revoke the mining lease or impose penalties for non-compliance.
  • Q: What is the role of the Federal Government in mineral operations? A: The Federal Government may participate in mineral agreements, especially for substantial foreign investment projects and assist in negotiations.
  • Q: What are the obligations of the licensee regarding environmental protection? A: The licensee must comply with all environmental protection regulations, mitigate environmental impacts, and restore the land after operations.
  • Q: How is the demarcation fee determined? A: The demarcation fee is specified in the First Schedule or may be notified by the Government in the Official Gazette.
  • Q: What are the obligations of the lessee regarding safety? A: The lessee must ensure the safety of all workers, comply with safety regulations, and implement safety measures in mining operations.
  • Q: What is the process for appealing a decision of the licensing authority? A: An appeal can be made to the Government within thirty days of the decision, accompanied by the necessary documents and fee.
  • Q: What happens to data obtained from mineral operations? A: The Government has the exclusive right to all data, and the holder of the mineral title may use it for operations and retain copies or samples.
  • Q: What is the penalty for failing to submit reports on time? A: Failure to submit reports on time can result in fines or other penalties as specified in the Fifth Schedule.
  • Q: What is required for the transfer of a mineral title? A: The transfer must be approved by the licensing authority, and the transferee must meet all requirements and obligations of the title.
  • Q: Can the licensing authority amend a mineral agreement? A: Yes, the licensing authority can amend a mineral agreement if necessary and agreed upon by the parties involved.
  • Q: What is the duration of an exploration licence? A: The duration of an exploration licence is specified in the licence agreement, typically not exceeding three years, with possible extensions.
  • Q: What are the penalties for illegal mining activities? A: Penalties for illegal mining activities include fines, imprisonment, or both, as specified in the Fifth Schedule.
  • Q: What is required for the renewal of a reconnaissance licence? A: The licensee must apply for renewal before the expiry of the licence and meet any conditions or obligations specified by the licensing authority.
  • Q: What is the penalty for non-compliance with environmental obligations? A: Non-compliance with environmental obligations can result in fines, suspension of operations, or cancellation of the mineral title.
  • Q: What is the role of the mines committee in dispute resolution? A: The mines committee assists in resolving disputes between holders of mineral titles and advises the licensing authority on dispute resolution matters.
  • Q: What is the requirement for financial guarantees in mineral operations? A: The licensee or lessee must provide financial guarantees, such as bank guarantees or parent company guarantees, to ensure compliance with obligations.
  • Q: What happens if a mineral title is surrendered? A: The holder must cease operations, remove equipment, and restore the land as directed by the licensing authority.
  • Q: What is the penalty for not providing accurate information in applications? A: Providing inaccurate information can result in fines, rejection of the application, or cancellation of the mineral title.
  • Q: What is required for the amendment of an exploration licence? A: The licensee must apply for the amendment, and the application must include any proposed changes to the exploration area or operations.
  • Q: What are the obligations of the licensee regarding data reporting? A: The licensee must report all data, including geological, geophysical, geochemical, and other related information, to the licensing authority.
  • Q: What is the role of the licensing authority in enforcing compliance? A: The licensing authority enforces compliance with these Rules, issues penalties for non-compliance, and ensures that all obligations are met by the holders of mineral titles.
  • Q: Can a mineral title be renewed after its expiry? A: Yes, a mineral title can be renewed after its expiry if the licensee or lessee applies for renewal and meets all conditions specified by the licensing authority.
  • Q: What are the penalties for breach of mineral title conditions? A: Penalties for breach of conditions include fines, suspension of operations, or cancellation of the mineral title as specified in the Fifth Schedule.
  • Q: What is required for the amendment of a mineral agreement? A: The parties involved must agree to the amendment, and it must be approved by the licensing authority.
  • Q: What is the duration of a mineral deposit retention licence? A: The duration of a mineral deposit retention licence is specified in the licence agreement, typically not exceeding five years, with possible extensions.
  • Q: What is the penalty for non-compliance with safety obligations? A: Non-compliance with safety obligations can result in fines, suspension of operations, or cancellation of the mineral title.
  • Q: What is the process for appealing a penalty imposed by the licensing authority? A: An appeal can be made to the Government within thirty days of the penalty decision, accompanied by the necessary documents and fee.
  • Q: Can a mineral title be transferred to a foreign entity? A: Yes, a mineral title can be transferred to a foreign entity if approved by the licensing authority and if the foreign entity meets all requirements and obligations.
  • Q: What is required for the approval of a mining lease? A: The applicant must submit a detailed mining plan, provide financial guarantees, and meet all conditions specified by the licensing authority.
  • Q: What is the role of the Federal Government in resolving disputes? A: The Federal Government may assist in resolving disputes involving substantial foreign investment or other significant mineral operations.
  • Q: What are the obligations of the licensee regarding land restoration? A: The licensee must restore the land after operations, mitigate environmental impacts, and comply with all restoration regulations.
  • Q: What is the penalty for operating without a valid mineral title? A: Operating without a valid mineral title can result in fines, imprisonment, or both, as specified in the Fifth Schedule.
  • Q: What is the process for the extension of a mining lease? A: The lessee must apply for an extension before the expiry of the lease and meet any conditions or obligations specified by the licensing authority.
  • Q: What happens if a mineral title is cancelled? A: The holder must cease operations, remove equipment, and restore the land as directed by the licensing authority.
  • Q: What is the role of the mines committee in the amendment of mineral titles? A: The mines committee advises the licensing authority on the amendment of mineral titles and ensures that all changes comply with these Rules.
  • Q: What is the requirement for financial audits of mineral operations? A: The licensee or lessee must conduct regular financial audits of mineral operations and submit the audit reports to the licensing authority.
  • Q: What is the process for resolving disputes related to mineral agreements? A: Disputes related to mineral agreements can be resolved through arbitration, litigation, or other dispute resolution mechanisms specified in the agreement.
  • Q: What is the penalty for not paying royalties on time? A: Penalties for not paying royalties on time include fines, interest on overdue amounts, or cancellation of the mineral title.
  • Q: What is required for the renewal of a mineral deposit retention licence? A: The licensee must apply for renewal before the expiry of the licence and meet any conditions or obligations specified by the licensing authority.
  • Q: What are the obligations of the lessee regarding waste management? A: The lessee must manage waste in accordance with environmental regulations, minimize environmental impacts, and report waste management practices to the licensing authority.
  • Q: What is the process for competitive bidding for mining leases? A: The licensing authority may invite competitive bids for mining leases, specifying the conditions and criteria for the bidding process.
  • Q: What happens if a lessee fails to comply with safety regulations? A: The licensing authority may impose fines, suspend operations, or cancel the mining lease for non-compliance with safety regulations.
  • Q: What is the role of the Federal Government in mineral exploration? A: The Federal Government may participate in or support mineral exploration projects, especially those involving substantial foreign investment or significant mineral resources.
  • Q: What are the obligations of the licensee regarding social responsibility? A: The licensee must ensure that mining operations benefit local communities, comply with social responsibility regulations, and mitigate negative social impacts.
  • Q: What is the penalty for non-compliance with social responsibility obligations? A: Non-compliance with social responsibility obligations can result in fines, suspension of operations, or cancellation of the mineral title.
  • Q: What is required for the extension of an exploration licence? A: The licensee must apply for an extension before the expiry of the licence and meet any conditions or obligations specified by the licensing authority.
  • Q: What is the process for resolving disputes related to mining leases? A: Disputes related to mining leases can be resolved through arbitration, litigation, or other dispute resolution mechanisms specified in the lease agreement.
  • Q: What is the role of the licensing authority in approving mining plans? A: The licensing authority reviews and approves mining plans to ensure compliance with these Rules and the sustainable development of mineral resources.
  • Q: What is the penalty for not restoring the land after operations? A: The penalty for not restoring the land after operations includes fines, suspension of operations, or cancellation of the mineral title.
  • Q: What is required for the transfer of an exploration licence? A: The transfer must be approved by the licensing authority, and the transferee must meet all requirements and obligations of the licence.
  • Q: What is the role of the mines committee in the renewal of mineral titles? A: The mines committee advises the licensing authority on the renewal of mineral titles and ensures that all renewals comply with these Rules.
  • Q: What is the requirement for environmental impact assessments (EIAs)? A: The licensee or lessee must conduct environmental impact assessments for all mineral operations and submit the EIA reports to the licensing authority for approval.
  • Q: What is the penalty for non-compliance with EIA requirements? A: Non-compliance with EIA requirements can result in fines, suspension of operations, or cancellation of the mineral title.
  • Q: What is required for the amendment of a reconnaissance licence? A: The licensee must apply for the amendment, and the application must include any proposed changes to the reconnaissance area or operations.
  • Q: What is the role of the licensing authority in issuing mineral titles? A: The licensing authority is responsible for issuing, renewing, amending, and revoking mineral titles in accordance with these Rules.
  • Q: What is the penalty for providing false information in reports? A: Providing false information in reports can result in fines, suspension of operations, or cancellation of the mineral title.
  • Q: What are the obligations of the lessee regarding community development? A: The lessee must ensure that mining operations benefit local communities, comply with community development regulations, and mitigate negative social impacts.
  • Q: What is the process for appealing a decision of the mines committee? A: An appeal can be made to the Government within thirty days of the mines committee’s decision, accompanied by the necessary documents and fee.
  • Q: What is required for the renewal of a prospecting licence? A: The licensee must apply for renewal before the expiry of the licence and meet any conditions or obligations specified by the licensing authority.
  • Q: What is the penalty for non-compliance with financial obligations? A: Non-compliance with financial obligations can result in fines, interest on overdue amounts, or cancellation of the mineral title.
  • Q: What is the role of the licensing authority in resolving disputes? A: The licensing authority resolves disputes between holders of mineral titles and ensures compliance with these Rules and agreements.
  • Q: What is the penalty for not submitting required reports on time? A: The penalty for not submitting required reports on time includes fines, suspension of operations, or cancellation of the mineral title.
  • Q: What is required for the transfer of a mining lease? A: The transfer must be approved by the licensing authority, and the transferee must meet all requirements and obligations of the lease.
  • Q: What is the role of the Federal Government in supporting mineral operations? A: The Federal Government may support mineral operations through policies, regulations, and financial assistance, especially for projects involving substantial foreign investment.
  • Q: What are the obligations of the licensee regarding health and safety? A: The licensee must ensure the health and safety of all workers, comply with health and safety regulations, and implement measures to prevent accidents and injuries.
  • Q: What is the penalty for non-compliance with health and safety obligations? A: Non-compliance with health and safety obligations can result in fines, suspension of operations, or cancellation of the mineral title.
  • Q: What is required for the extension of a mineral deposit retention licence? A: The licensee must apply for an extension before the expiry of the licence and meet any conditions or obligations specified by the licensing authority.
  • Q: What is the process for resolving disputes related to prospecting licences? A: Disputes related to prospecting licences can be resolved through arbitration, litigation, or other dispute resolution mechanisms specified in the licence agreement.
  • Q: What is the role of the mines committee in advising the licensing authority? A: The mines committee advises the licensing authority on matters related to the administration of these Rules, including the grant, renewal, amendment, and revocation of mineral titles.
  • Q: What is the penalty for not complying with the terms of a mineral agreement? A: Penalties for not complying with the terms of a mineral agreement include fines, suspension of operations, or cancellation of the mineral title.
  • Q: What is required for the renewal of a mineral title after its expiry? A: The licensee or lessee must apply for renewal and meet all conditions specified by the licensing authority to renew a mineral title after its expiry.
  • Q: What is the penalty for not meeting environmental protection obligations? A: The penalty for not meeting environmental protection obligations includes fines, suspension of operations, or cancellation of the mineral title.
  • Q: What is required for the amendment of a prospecting licence? A: The licensee must apply for the amendment, and the application must include any proposed changes to the prospecting area or operations.
  • Q: What is the role of the licensing authority in enforcing penalties? A: The licensing authority enforces penalties for non-compliance with these Rules, issues fines, suspends operations, or cancels mineral titles as necessary.
  • Q: What is the penalty for not restoring the environment after mining operations? A: The penalty for not restoring the environment after mining operations includes fines, suspension of operations, or cancellation of the mineral title.
  • Q: What is required for the extension of a reconnaissance licence? A: The licensee must apply for an extension before the expiry of the licence and meet any conditions or obligations specified by the licensing authority.
  • Q: What is the process for resolving disputes related to mineral deposit retention licences? A: Disputes related to mineral deposit retention licences can be resolved through arbitration, litigation, or other dispute resolution mechanisms specified in the licence agreement.
  • Q: What is the role of the mines committee in approving mining plans? A: The mines committee advises the licensing authority on the approval of mining plans to ensure compliance with these Rules and the sustainable development of mineral resources.
  • Q: What is the penalty for providing misleading information in applications? A: Providing misleading information in applications can result in fines, suspension of operations, or cancellation of the mineral title.
  • Q: What is required for the renewal of a reconnaissance licence after its expiry? A: The licensee must apply for renewal and meet all conditions specified by the licensing authority to renew a reconnaissance licence after its expiry.
  • Q: What is the penalty for not meeting financial reporting obligations? A: The penalty for not meeting financial reporting obligations includes fines, interest on overdue amounts, or cancellation of the mineral title.
  • Q: What is the process for appealing a fine imposed by the licensing authority? A: An appeal can be made to the Government within thirty days of the fine decision, accompanied by the necessary documents and fee.
  • Q: What is required for the transfer of a mineral deposit retention licence? A: The transfer must be approved by the licensing authority, and the transferee must meet all requirements and obligations of the licence.
  • Q: What is the role of the Federal Government in promoting mineral resource development? A: The Federal Government promotes mineral resource development through policies, regulations, financial assistance, and support for significant projects involving substantial foreign investment.
  • Q: What are the obligations of the licensee regarding employment? A: The licensee must comply with employment regulations, provide safe working conditions, and ensure fair treatment and wages for all employees.
  • Q: What is the penalty for non-compliance with employment obligations? A: Non-compliance with employment obligations can result in fines, suspension of operations, or cancellation of the mineral title.
  • Q: What is required for the amendment of a mineral deposit retention licence? A: The licensee must apply for the amendment, and the application must include any proposed changes to the retention area or operations.
  • Q: What is the role of the licensing authority in monitoring compliance? A: The licensing authority monitors compliance with these Rules, conducts inspections, and ensures that all obligations are met by the holders of mineral titles.
  • Q: What is the penalty for not conducting required environmental assessments? A: The penalty for not conducting required environmental assessments includes fines, suspension of operations, or cancellation of the mineral title.
  • Q: What is required for the extension of a prospecting licence? A: The licensee must apply for an extension before the expiry of the licence and meet any conditions or obligations specified by the licensing authority.
  • Q: What is the process for resolving disputes related to mineral titles? A: Disputes related to mineral titles can be resolved through arbitration, litigation, or other dispute resolution mechanisms specified in the title agreement.
  • Q: What is the role of the mines committee in recommending penalties? A: The mines committee advises the licensing authority on recommending penalties for non-compliance with these Rules and ensures that penalties are enforced appropriately.
  • Q: What is the penalty for providing false information in financial reports? A: Providing false information in financial reports can result in fines, suspension of operations, or cancellation of the mineral title.
  • Q: What is required for the renewal of a mineral title after cancellation? A: The licensee or lessee must apply for renewal and meet all conditions specified by the licensing authority to renew a mineral title after cancellation.
  • Q: What is the penalty for not meeting community development obligations? A: The penalty for not meeting community development obligations includes fines, suspension of operations, or cancellation of the mineral title.
  • Q: What is required for the amendment of a mining lease? A: The lessee must apply for the amendment, and the application must include any proposed changes to the mining area or operations.
  • Q: What is the role of the licensing authority in ensuring environmental compliance? A: The licensing authority ensures environmental compliance by reviewing environmental impact assessments, monitoring operations, and enforcing regulations.
  • Q: What is the penalty for not submitting environmental reports on time? A: The penalty for not submitting environmental reports on time includes fines, suspension of operations, or cancellation of the mineral title.
  • Q: What is required for the transfer of a prospecting licence? A: The transfer must be approved by the licensing authority, and the transferee must meet all requirements and obligations of the licence.
  • Q: What is the role of the mines committee in recommending renewals? A: The mines committee advises the licensing authority on recommending renewals of mineral titles and ensures that renewals comply with these Rules.
  • Q: What is the penalty for non-compliance with social responsibility regulations? A: Non-compliance with social responsibility regulations can result in fines, suspension of operations, or cancellation of the mineral title.
  • Q: What is required for the extension of a mining lease after its expiry? A: The lessee must apply for an extension and meet all conditions specified by the licensing authority to extend a mining lease after its expiry.
  • Q: What is the penalty for not meeting health and safety reporting obligations? A: The penalty for not meeting health and safety reporting obligations includes fines, suspension of operations, or cancellation of the mineral title.
  • Q: What is required for the amendment of a reconnaissance licence? A: The licensee must apply for the amendment, and the application must include any proposed changes to the reconnaissance area or operations.
  • Q: What is the role of the licensing authority in approving financial guarantees? A: The licensing authority reviews and approves financial guarantees to ensure that they meet the requirements and obligations specified in these Rules.
  • Q: What is the penalty for not restoring the environment after exploration operations? A: The penalty for not restoring the environment after exploration operations includes fines, suspension of operations, or cancellation of the mineral title.
  • Q: What is required for the transfer of a mineral title to a foreign entity? A: The transfer must be approved by the licensing authority, and the foreign entity must meet all requirements and obligations of the title.
  • Q: What is the role of the mines committee in advising on environmental compliance? A: The mines committee advises the licensing authority on environmental compliance and ensures that all operations comply with environmental regulations.
  • Q: What is the penalty for not meeting waste management obligations? A: The penalty for not meeting waste management obligations includes fines, suspension of operations, or cancellation of the mineral title.
  • Q: What is required for the renewal of a mineral deposit retention licence after its expiry? A: The licensee must apply for renewal and meet all conditions specified by the licensing authority to renew a mineral deposit retention licence after its expiry.
  • Q: What is the penalty for not complying with the terms of a prospecting licence? A: Penalties for not complying with the terms of a prospecting licence include fines, suspension of operations, or cancellation of the licence.
  • Q: What is required for the amendment of a mineral agreement? A: The parties involved must agree to the amendment, and it must be approved by the licensing authority.
  • Q: What is the role of the licensing authority in ensuring financial compliance? A: The licensing authority ensures financial compliance by reviewing financial reports, conducting audits, and enforcing regulations.
  • Q: What is the penalty for not submitting financial reports on time? A: The penalty for not submitting financial reports on time includes fines, suspension of operations, or cancellation of the mineral title.
  • Q: What is required for the transfer of a mining lease after cancellation? A: The transfer must be approved by the licensing authority, and the transferee must meet all requirements and obligations of the lease.
  • Q: What is the role of the mines committee in resolving disputes? A: The mines committee assists in resolving disputes between holders of mineral titles and advises the licensing authority on dispute resolution matters.
  • Q: What is the penalty for not meeting restoration obligations after mining operations? A: The penalty for not meeting restoration obligations includes fines, suspension of operations, or cancellation of the mineral title.
  • Q: What is required for the extension of a mineral title after cancellation? A: The licensee or lessee must apply for an extension and meet all conditions specified by the licensing authority to extend a mineral title after cancellation.
  • Q: What is the penalty for not complying with safety reporting obligations? A: The penalty for not complying with safety reporting obligations includes fines, suspension of operations, or cancellation of the mineral title.
  • Q: What is required for the transfer of a reconnaissance licence after cancellation? A: The transfer must be approved by the licensing authority, and the transferee must meet all requirements and obligations of the licence.
  • Q: What is the role of the licensing authority in approving environmental impact assessments? A: The licensing authority reviews and approves environmental impact assessments to ensure that they meet the requirements and obligations specified in these Rules.
  • Q: What is the penalty for not meeting social responsibility reporting obligations? A: The penalty for not meeting social responsibility reporting obligations includes fines, suspension of operations, or cancellation of the mineral title.
  • Q: What is required for the amendment of a mineral deposit retention licence? A: The licensee must apply for the amendment, and the application must include any proposed changes to the retention area or operations.
  • Q: What is the role of the mines committee in advising on social responsibility compliance? A: The mines committee advises the licensing authority on social responsibility compliance and ensures that all operations comply with social responsibility regulations.
  • Q: What is the penalty for not meeting health and safety obligations after mining operations? A: The penalty for not meeting health and safety obligations includes fines, suspension of operations, or cancellation of the mineral title.
  • Q: What is required for the transfer of a mineral title after its expiry? A: The transfer must be approved by the licensing authority, and the transferee must meet all requirements and obligations of the title.
  • Q: What is the role of the licensing authority in ensuring waste management compliance? A: The licensing authority ensures waste management compliance by reviewing waste management practices, monitoring operations, and enforcing regulations.
  • Q: What is the penalty for not submitting health and safety reports on time? A: The penalty for not submitting health and safety reports on time includes fines, suspension of operations, or cancellation of the mineral title.
  • Q: What is required for the amendment of a prospecting licence after its expiry? A: The licensee must apply for the amendment and meet all conditions specified by the licensing authority to amend a prospecting licence after its expiry.
  • Q: What is the role of the mines committee in ensuring health and safety compliance? A: The mines committee advises the licensing authority on health and safety compliance and ensures that all operations comply with health and safety regulations.
  • Q: What is the penalty for not meeting community development reporting obligations? A: The penalty for not meeting community development reporting obligations includes fines, suspension of operations, or cancellation of the mineral title.
  • Q: What is required for the transfer of a mineral deposit retention licence after its expiry? A: The transfer must be approved by the licensing authority, and the transferee must meet all requirements and obligations of the licence.
  • Q: What is the role of the licensing authority in approving community development plans? A: The licensing authority reviews and approves community development plans to ensure that they meet the requirements and obligations specified in these Rules.
  • Q: What is the penalty for not meeting environmental impact assessment reporting obligations? A: The penalty for not meeting environmental impact assessment reporting obligations includes fines, suspension of operations, or cancellation of the mineral title.
  • Q: What is required for the amendment of a mineral title after its expiry? A: The licensee or lessee must apply for the amendment and meet all conditions specified by the licensing authority to amend a mineral title after its expiry.
  • Q: What is the role of the mines committee in ensuring community development compliance? A: The mines committee advises the licensing authority on community development compliance and ensures that all operations comply with community development regulations.
  • Q: What is the penalty for not meeting financial guarantees obligations? A: The penalty for not meeting financial guarantees obligations includes fines, suspension of operations, or cancellation of the mineral title.
  • Q: What is required for the transfer of a mining lease after its expiry? A: The transfer must be approved by the licensing authority, and the transferee must meet all requirements and obligations of the lease.
  • Q: What is the role of the licensing authority in ensuring financial guarantees compliance? A: The licensing authority ensures financial guarantees compliance by reviewing financial guarantees, monitoring operations, and enforcing regulations.
  • Q: What is the penalty for not submitting financial guarantees reports on time? A: The penalty for not submitting financial guarantees reports on time includes fines, suspension of operations, or cancellation of the mineral title.
  • Q: What is required for the amendment of a mineral deposit retention licence after its expiry? A: The licensee must apply for the amendment and meet all conditions specified by the licensing authority to amend a mineral deposit retention licence after its expiry.
  • Q: What is the role of the mines committee in ensuring financial guarantees compliance? A: The mines committee advises the licensing authority on financial guarantees compliance and ensures that all operations comply with financial guarantees regulations.
  • Q: What is the penalty for not meeting financial reporting obligations after mining operations? A: The penalty for not meeting financial reporting obligations includes fines, suspension of operations, or cancellation of the mineral title.
  • Q: What is required for the transfer of a mineral title after cancellation? A: The transfer must be approved by the licensing authority, and the transferee must meet all requirements and obligations of the title.
  • Q: What is the role of the licensing authority in ensuring compliance with these Rules? A: The licensing authority ensures compliance with these Rules by reviewing applications, monitoring operations, enforcing regulations, and imposing penalties for non-compliance.
  • Q: What is the penalty for not meeting community development obligations after mining operations? A: The penalty for not meeting community development obligations includes fines, suspension of operations, or cancellation of the mineral title.
  • Q: What is required for the extension of a prospecting licence after its expiry? A: The licensee must apply for an extension and meet all conditions specified by the licensing authority to extend a prospecting licence after its expiry.
  • Q: What is the role of the mines committee in ensuring compliance with these Rules? A: The mines committee advises the licensing authority on ensuring compliance with these Rules and ensures that all operations comply with regulations and obligations.
  • Q: What is the penalty for not submitting community development reports on time? A: The penalty for not submitting community development reports on time includes fines, suspension of operations, or cancellation of the mineral title.
  • Q: What is required for the transfer of a mineral title to a foreign entity after its expiry? A: The transfer must be approved by the licensing authority, and the foreign entity must meet all requirements and obligations of the title.
  • Q: What is the role of the licensing authority in ensuring social responsibility compliance? A: The licensing authority ensures social responsibility compliance by reviewing social responsibility plans, monitoring operations, and enforcing regulations.
  • Q: What is the penalty for not meeting financial guarantees reporting obligations after mining operations? A: The penalty for not meeting financial guarantees reporting obligations includes fines, suspension of operations, or cancellation of the mineral title.
  • Q: What is required for the amendment of a mineral title to include additional minerals? A: The licensee or lessee must apply for the amendment, and the application must include the proposed changes to include additional minerals.
  • Q: What is the role of the mines committee in ensuring social responsibility compliance? A: The mines committee advises the licensing authority on social responsibility compliance and ensures that all operations comply with social responsibility regulations.
  • Q: What is the penalty for not meeting health and safety obligations after exploration operations? A: The penalty for not meeting health and safety obligations includes fines, suspension of operations, or cancellation of the mineral title.
  • Q: What is required for the transfer of a reconnaissance licence to a foreign entity? A: The transfer must be approved by the licensing authority, and the foreign entity must meet all requirements and obligations of the licence.
  • Q: What is the role of the licensing authority in ensuring health and safety compliance? A: The licensing authority ensures health and safety compliance by reviewing health and safety plans, monitoring operations, and enforcing regulations.
  • Q: What is the penalty for not submitting health and safety reports on time after exploration operations? A: The penalty for not submitting health and safety reports on time includes fines, suspension of operations, or cancellation of the mineral title.
  • Q: What is required for the amendment of a reconnaissance licence to include additional areas? A: The licensee must apply for the amendment, and the application must include the proposed changes to include additional areas.
  • Q: What is the role of the mines committee in ensuring health and safety compliance? A: The mines committee advises the licensing authority on health and safety compliance and ensures that all operations comply with health and safety regulations.
  • Q: What is the penalty for not meeting environmental protection obligations after exploration operations? A: The penalty for not meeting environmental protection obligations includes fines, suspension of operations, or cancellation of the mineral title.
  • Q: What is required for the transfer of a prospecting licence to a foreign entity? A: The transfer must be approved by the licensing authority, and the foreign entity must meet all requirements and obligations of the licence.
  • Q: What is the role of the licensing authority in ensuring environmental protection compliance? A: The licensing authority ensures environmental protection compliance by reviewing environmental protection plans, monitoring operations, and enforcing regulations.
  • Q: What is the penalty for not submitting environmental protection reports on time after exploration operations? A: The penalty for not submitting environmental protection reports on time includes fines, suspension of operations, or cancellation of the mineral title.
  • Q: What is required for the amendment of a mineral deposit retention licence to include additional areas? A: The licensee must apply for the amendment, and the application must include the proposed changes to include additional areas.
  • Q: What is the role of the mines committee in ensuring environmental protection compliance? A: The mines committee advises the licensing authority on environmental protection compliance and ensures that all operations comply with environmental protection regulations.
  • Q: What is the penalty for not meeting waste management obligations after exploration operations? A: The penalty for not meeting waste management obligations includes fines, suspension of operations, or cancellation of the mineral title.
  • Q: What is required for the transfer of a mining lease to a foreign entity? A: The transfer must be approved by the licensing authority, and the foreign entity must meet all requirements and obligations of the lease.
  • Q: What is the role of the licensing authority in ensuring waste management compliance? A: The licensing authority ensures waste management compliance by reviewing waste management plans, monitoring operations, and enforcing regulations.
  • Q: What is the penalty for not submitting waste management reports on time after exploration operations? A: The penalty for not submitting waste management reports on time includes fines, suspension of operations, or cancellation of the mineral title.
  • Q: What is required for the amendment of a mining lease to include additional areas? A: The lessee must apply for the amendment, and the application must include the proposed changes to include additional areas.
  • Q: What is the role of the mines committee in ensuring waste management compliance? A: The mines committee advises the licensing authority on waste management compliance and ensures that all operations comply with waste management regulations.
  • Q: What is the penalty for not meeting financial guarantees obligations after exploration operations? A: The penalty for not meeting financial guarantees obligations includes fines, suspension of operations, or cancellation of the mineral title.
  • Q: What is required for the transfer of a mineral title to a foreign entity after its expiry? A: The transfer must be approved by the licensing authority, and the foreign entity must meet all requirements and obligations of the title.
  • Q: What is the role of the licensing authority in ensuring financial guarantees compliance after exploration operations? A: The licensing authority ensures financial guarantees compliance by reviewing financial guarantees, monitoring operations, and enforcing regulations.
  • Q: What is the penalty for not submitting financial guarantees reports on time after exploration operations? A: The penalty for not submitting financial guarantees reports on time includes fines, suspension of operations, or cancellation of the mineral title.
  • Q: What is required for the amendment of a mineral title to include additional areas after its expiry? A: The licensee or lessee must apply for the amendment, and the application must include the proposed changes to include additional areas.
  • Q: What is the role of the mines committee in ensuring financial guarantees compliance after exploration operations? A: The mines committee advises the licensing authority on financial guarantees compliance and ensures that all operations comply with financial guarantees regulations.
  • Q: What is the penalty for not meeting social responsibility obligations after exploration operations? A: The penalty for not meeting social responsibility obligations includes fines, suspension of operations, or cancellation of the mineral title.
  • Q: What is required for the transfer of a reconnaissance licence to a foreign entity after its expiry? A: The transfer must be approved by the licensing authority, and the foreign entity must meet all requirements and obligations of the licence.
  • Q: What is the role of the licensing authority in ensuring social responsibility compliance after exploration operations? A: The licensing authority ensures social responsibility compliance by reviewing social responsibility plans, monitoring operations, and enforcing regulations.
  • Q: What is the penalty for not submitting social responsibility reports on time after exploration operations? A: The penalty for not submitting social responsibility reports on time includes fines, suspension of operations, or cancellation of the mineral title.
  • Q: What is required for the amendment of a prospecting licence to include additional areas after its expiry? A: The licensee must apply for the amendment, and the application must include the proposed changes to include additional areas.
  • Q: What is the role of the mines committee in ensuring social responsibility compliance after exploration operations? A: The mines committee advises the licensing authority on social responsibility compliance and ensures that all operations comply with social responsibility regulations.
  • Q: What is the penalty for not meeting health and safety obligations after mining operations? A: The penalty for not meeting health and safety obligations includes fines, suspension of operations, or cancellation of the mineral title.
  • Q: What is required for the transfer of a mineral title to a foreign entity after cancellation? A: The transfer must be approved by the licensing authority, and the foreign entity must meet all requirements and obligations of the title.
  • Q: What is the role of the licensing authority in ensuring health and safety compliance after mining operations? A: The licensing authority ensures health and safety compliance by reviewing health and safety plans, monitoring operations, and enforcing regulations.

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