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Amoco Production Company v. Southern Ute Indian Tribe

Docket No.: 98-830
Argued: April 19, 1999
Decided: June 7, 1999

Topics:

30 U.S.C. 81, Economic Activity, Natural Resources, patent

Petitioner: Amoco Production Company
Respondent: Southern Ute Indian Tribe

Court Below: THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE TENTH CIRCUIT
Citation: 151 F.3d 1251
Lower Court Decision
Supreme Court Docket


526 U.S. 865 (1999)
Question:

Does the reservation of coal under the land patents issued pursuant to the Coal Lands Acts of 1909 and 1910 include the coal-bed methane gas found within the coal formation?

Amoco Production Company v. Southern Ute Indian Tribe
ORAL ARGUMENT

April 19, 1999

Holding: reversed
Decision: Decision: 7 votes for Amoco Production Company, 1 vote(s) against
Recused: JUSTICE BREYER

Amoco Production Company v. Southern Ute Indian Tribe
Case Documents

1Opinion in Amoco Production Company v. Southern Ute Indian Tribe
2Opinion in Amoco Production Company v. Southern Ute Indian Tribe
Additional documents for this case are pending review.