Even after the court ruled in favor of private mineral rights, I am reminded that the Federal Government wants to control water above and below ground, air (though it moves about), natural erosion, oceans, food production and inspection, starting forests fires for protection of the environment and preventing forest fires to save the environment. So, “This bill would clarify the Forest Service’s role under the rulings and reaffirm the legal supremacy of privately-held mineral rights.” If we just follow the Constitution, there would be no confusion between private and government lands. Do I remember correctly that the Federal Government only owned a small portion of land in Maryland? And is it true that under Communism All lands are state owned? Humm!