High court affirms coalbed methane leases

In a major decision for gas companies, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that coalbed methane and coal reserves can be separately owned. The high court ruled 7-1 that private landowners, not the Southern Ute Tribe, own the coalbed methane reserves in the vicinity of the reservationin southern Colorado (OGJ, Jan. 25, 1999, p. 34). The tribe had estimated it might be owed $1 billion in royalties and interest. The case, Amoco Production Co. vs. Southern Ute Indian Tribe, is expected to affect other coalbed methane production in the West. The Independent Petroleum Association of Mountain States has said more than 20 million acres of western lands could be affected. Historical ...

Why Register?

Non-subscribers can only view whitepapers by providing name, home and email address, phone number and other information and comment on/rate articles.

Why Subscribe?

Oil & Gas Journal subscribers with login credentials can access these premium features of OGJ Online:

  • Current Issue – an html version of the current week's issue of Oil & Gas Journal.
  • Past Issues – An Electronic OGJ Archive. A keyword-searchable archive of all issues of Oil & Gas Journal dating back to 1990; also searchable by issue date.
  • Market Journal – a weekly round-up of the oil and gas markets, with observations from leading analysts.
  • Editor's Perspective – a short article of insight and opinion by the Editor of Oil & Gas Journal.
  • OGJ Industry Stats – quick access to current industry statistics from Oil & Gas Journal.
  • OGJ Survey Downloads - quick access to exclusive reports from Oil & Gas Journal.


Subscriber Help or Subscribe

Oil & Gas Journal Subscribers: Have your subscription number (from the mailing label on the cover of your Oil & Gas Journal) and e-mail address ready to set up your online account through Customer Service Assistant.

If you're not an Oil & Gas Journal subscriber, start a subscription and gain access to the subscriber areas of OGJ Online now.

Stay Connected