North Dakota high court sides with state in royalties case

July 13, 2019 GMT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Supreme Court has sided with the state in a dispute involving natural gas royalties.

The Bismarck Tribune reports Thursday’s decision stems from a lawsuit Newfield Exploration filed against the state after the Department of Trust Lands conducted an audit in 2016 that claimed the company was underpaying royalties to the agency.

North Dakota Petroleum Council President Ron Ness says in a statement that his group, while not involved in the case, was disappointed in the decision. The Supreme Court’s ruling reversed a previous one from a Northwest Judicial District judge.


Land Commissioner Jodi Smith says the agency will now work with the state attorney general’s office to determine how far back Newfield and other affected operators will need to retroactively pay the state.


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