- November 20, 1991
- All Washington Agents
- Mineral Rights
The Washington Supreme Court has reversed a decision of the court of appeals (that I previously reported to you) whether a mineral reservation included oil and natural gas. Kunkel v. Meridian Oil, 114 Wash. 2d 896, 792 P.2d 1254 (1991).
The Supreme Court has decided that "all minerals of any nature whatsoever upon or in the land, including coal and iron" does not include oil and natural gas. The court of appeals had ruled that it did.
The cases which attempt to define "minerals" are not consistent. For this reason we should never define minerals in our policies.
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