Re: one to watch!!!
Speaking as a chemist I can tell you that natural gas, which is mostly methane and some ethane, is not a mineral. Alkanes are gases which can also be liquified.
Minerals are compounds like talc, bauxite, calcite, tremolite, etc., solids. I hope the lawsuit stands but it probably won't due to wording issues in the deeds and past practice.
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