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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
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