| Commentary

19.5 Effect of the mining codes

| Commentary

19.5 Effect of the mining codes

The provisions made by the mining codes are of the type in which the authority has the right, but is not under an obligation, to purchase support when the minerals are about to be worked. There is normally a severance of the ownership of the surface to the acquiring undertakers and the underlying minerals. There is no prohibition on contracting out of the mining codes, and agreements varying the provisions of the applicable code, for example, as to the compensation payable for leaving minerals unworked, known as sterilisation agreements, are not uncommon.

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