The Church of England has begun legal action to claim ancient mineral rights beneath thousands of homes and farms, prompting fears the church could seek to cash in on fracking.
I do understand what they\’re doing in law. They\’ve got to assert those old Lord of the Manor rights or lose them. Fine.
But why should this relate to fracking? I thought mineral rights to oil and gas (maybe coal too, also gold and silver) belonged to the Crown, not the owner of the land?