Mining rights were the legal rights to mine on a piece of property.

In 2371, while going over pages of negotiations between the Bajorans and Cardassians with Bareil Antos, Winn Adami raised the issue of mining rights. (DS9: "Life Support")

In 2372, Neelix suggested USS Voyager travel to the Hemikek system, where Hemikek IV, a planet rich in minerals whose mining rights were controlled by a non-aggressive consortium, could provide them with the necessary verterium and cortenum. (VOY: "Investigations")

In 2378, as part of an educational program for Q Junior, Chakotay had him attempt to settle a dispute over mining rights on a planetoid between the Nausicaans, Bolians, Cardassians, Romulans, Ferengi, and Bajorans. (VOY: "Q2")

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