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Associated Press , Published September 03 2013

ND justices hear major case over mineral rights

BISMARCK — Justices on the North Dakota Supreme Court are weighing a case involving hundreds of millions of dollars in oil lease bonuses.

The Bismarck Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/15Vr0Ey ) they heard oral arguments Tuesday on the case that could determine whether the state or individual property owners have the right to minerals under the Missouri and Yellowstone rivers.

A judge earlier ruled the state owned the minerals up to the high-water mark along both rivers in Williams County.

That resulted in two lawsuits against the state Department of Trust Lands being combined for the appeal that was heard Tuesday.

A group of landowners in the Williston area filed one of the cases. The other was filed by Brigham Oil and Gas.

A decision will come later.

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Information from: Bismarck Tribune, http://www.bismarcktribune.com


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