Petroleum and Other Minerals Development Act, 1960

Amendment of section 7 of the Principal Act.

73.—(1) Section 7 of the Principal Act is hereby amended in the following respects—

(a) in subsection (1), “subject to subsection (2) of this section” shall be substituted for “subject to giving the notice required by this section”,

(b) there shall be substituted for subsections (2) and (3), the following new subsection—

“(2) The Minister shall not exercise, in respect of any land, either the right conferred on him by paragraph (a) of subsection (1) of this section or the power conferred on him by paragraph (b) of the said subsection unless, at least twenty-one days before exercising that right or that power, as the case may be,—

(a) he has published, in one or more newspapers circulating in the locality, notice of his intention to do so, and

(b) he has deposited in the office of the Geological Survey, Dublin and in one or more places in the locality, a map showing the boundaries of such land.”.

(2) A prospecting licence granted under section 7 of the Principal Act may be granted in relation to either all minerals or specified minerals.