Bill Bennett, Minister of Energy and Mines and Minister Responsible for Core Review, announced today that the Province has tabled amendments to the Mines Act, to ensure there is more time available, if required, to conduct thorough investigations into offences under the act and for a decision by Crown Counsel on whether to pursue charges.
The amendment aligns the time limit for pursuing charges under the Mines Act with other natural resource legislation, such as the Forest and Range Practices Act and the Environmental Management Act.
Currently, under the Mines Act, the Province has six months to one year to pursue charges for offences committed under the act, depending on the nature of the offence. The amendment will increase this limit to three years from when the chief inspector of mines first learns of the incident.
(Photo: From Likely Town Hall in August 2014.)