71. Whenever, for valid reasons, the holder of a claim or development licence has not done the required work within the prescribed time, the Minister may, on application made within thirty days after the expiry of the claim or of the development licence:
(a) grant to him, on payment of $3.75 per hectare, a delay of six months to do the work and furnish evidence thereof; or
(b) exempt him from required work, on payment of the cost of the work which he would otherwise have had to do.
The exemption provided in sub-paragraph b may be granted to him even if the delay provided in sub-paragraph a has already been granted to him, provided that he applies therefor before its expiry.
1965 (1st sess.), c. 34, s. 74; 1970, c. 27, s. 16; 1977, c. 60, s. 75.