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Natural Resources Accountability Act

BILL NO. 161

(as introduced)

4th Session, 61st General Assembly
Nova Scotia
61 Elizabeth II, 2012

Private Member's Bill

Natural Resources Accountability Act

Michele Raymond
Halifax Atlantic

First Reading: December 6, 2012

Second Reading:

Third Reading:

An Act to Improve Accountability
for Nova Scotia's Natural Resources

Be it enacted by the Governor and Assembly as follows:

1 This Act may be cited as the Natural Resources Accountability Act.

2 In this Act,

(a) "alteration" means the acquisition, moving, taking, removal or changing of a natural resource;

(b) "natural resource" means a mineral, soil, water, a watercourse, a plant or another natural substance, but does not include an animal, bird or fish;

(c) "permit" means a licence or other written authority given or granted by Her Majesty in right of the Province or of Canada;

(d) "watercourse" has the same meaning as in the Environment Act.

3 (1) Where an enactment requires a permit for the alteration of a natural resource, a copy of that permit must be available for public inspection during daylight hours at all times during the alteration.

(2) The permit required by subsection (1) does not need to include contact information for the permit holder.

(3) The requirement in subsection (1) may be met by

(a) posting a copy of the permit at the site of the alteration;

(b) posting a copy on the website established under Section 4; or

(c) the permit holder or an agent of the permit holder producing a copy for inspection upon request.

4 The Minister of Natural Resources shall establish and maintain a website where a permit holder may post a copy of his or her permit for the purpose of Section 3.

5 Any person who fails to meet the requirement in subsection 3(1) within four hours of a request made during daylight hours is guilty of an offence and liable on summary conviction to a fine of not more than $1,000.


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