Date registered: Nov 2005
Vehicle: '09 B200, '05 Smart
Location: Ontario - Canada
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And I thought I owned my house ...
It turns out that I really don't -
Don't know if this is the same down south - but my britches are burning a little -
It turns out that absolutly any @rsehole can walk into a government office & file a mineral rights claim on any private property - they automatically get full mining rights - strip mine it all ?? sure !
It has bee big in the news around here recently and there is now a court case & a bunch of lawsuits going on - all the way from British Columbia to Ontario -
found a 139-year-old piece of Ontario legislation that allowed mining prospectors "free entry" to his property. He also learned he didn't own the "mineral rights" to his land, so while he owned the surface of the land, he did not own what was buried beneath. And, he found out who the prospector was ...."We began to check it out and discovered roads had been dug out and trees had been cleared.
""[...] last year the province created an online staking system that allows anyone with internet access and $25 to acquire a miner's license and then, at $0.17 an acre, buy mineral rights to land. It doesn't matter whether that land belongs to a neighbour, the Crown, or the "miner" himself. Once you own the mineral rights, you are free to "explore" your claims, wander the property, "poke at a few rocks," in the words of MP Tom Christensen. And once you decide to start drilling and digging, even the landowner's dwelling and buildings are at risk. That's the law under the Mineral Tenure Act as of 2002, when the section prohibiting miners from "obstruction or interference" with activities (or buildings) on private land was repealed.""
So some dickwad could level my house & land for less than 30 bucks