| Commentary

4 Meaning of ‘minerals’

| Commentary

4 Meaning of ‘minerals’

The majority of the case law devoted to this topic dates from the 19th century and earlier, and deals with situations where the only mineral substances commercially exploited in the locality at the time of the particular reservation were coal, ironstone, fireclay and the like.

The modern demand for aggregates means that very careful consideration must be given to the use of definitions when drafting leases or licences, or when selling or buying minerals and/or the rights to work them. The ownership of minerals does not in itself give a right to work those minerals and there

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