ND seeks payment for unpaid gas royalties

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A North Dakota agency is seeking millions of dollars in payments for unpaid natural gas royalties from companies operating in the state's oil patch.

The Department of Trust Lands told operators in a letter this week that in light of a state Supreme Court ruling in favor of the state, they must pay money they had deducted from royalties owed to the agency for developing state-owned minerals.

Ron Ness, who heads the North Dakota Petroleum Council, said the industry group's members are “disgusted” and “extremely angry” about the state's payment request.


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