Petroleum and Other Minerals Development Act, 1960

Furnishing of information by lessees under petroleum leases.

17.—(1) Every lessee under a petroleum lease shall—

(a) as soon as may be after petroleum is brought to the surface for the first time at any borehole—notify the Minister of that fact;

(b) furnish to the Minister, within twenty-eight days after being required by the Minister so to do, such information as the Minister may at any time require in relation to the petroleum demised by such lease or to the working of such petroleum.

(2) The Minister may make regulations in relation to the furnishing by lessees of petroleum leases of information in regard to the petroleum or the working of the petroleum demised by such leases, and such regulations may require the furnishing of such information in addition and without prejudice to the information required to be furnished under subsection (1) of this section.

(3) If any person who is required by this section or by any regulation made thereunder to furnish any information to the Minister,—

(a) fails or refuses to furnish such information, or

(b) knowingly furnishes any such information which is false or misleading in a material particular, or

(c) otherwise makes default in complying with the provisions of this section or of any regulation made thereunder,

such person shall be guilty of an offence under this section, and shall be liable on summary conviction thereof to a fine not exceeding ten pounds and, in the case of a continuing offence, a further fine not exceeding ten pounds for every day during which such offence is continued.