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Yes, you should be able to assuming that there was some type of drilling done in your area. That should provide s sufficient nexus for the lawsuit there. It would make it even stronger if one of the companies is located in that same district as well.
Just to be clear, your residence in the district isn't sufficient. However, when something occurred in a location then that location is proper venue for the lawsuit.
Because the federal courts don't base venue or jurisdiction on where a Plaintiff resides. It can be based on a lot of different factors but usually it is where a defendant resides or has a principal place of business or where an incident occurred.
As far as the basis for your action I haven't done any research on the issue but have never seen a case that would support your contention. Typically the mineral interests belong to the person who owns the mineral rights to the land not to everyone in the nation.