The North Dakota Supreme Court has ruled in favor of the state over a law intended to clarify long-disputed ownership of minerals under a Missouri River reservoir.
The court's opinion released Thursday centers around a law signed by Gov. Doug Burgum in 2017 that limited state mineral claims under Lake Sakakawea to a smaller area than it had previously claimed. The move has been estimated to cost the state nearly $187 million it already had collected in oil-drilling royalty payments that must be returned.
Thursday, July 30, 2020
North Dakota Supreme Court Sides With State Over Minerals Law -- The Bismarck Tribune -- July 30, 2020
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Posted by Bruce Oksol at 8:17 PM