Federal Authorities Cannot Defend $ 2 Million Gas Royalty Payment Order, Says Oxy

By Clark Mindock (October 27, 2021, 8:25 p.m. EDT) – Occidental Petroleum Corp. says the federal government has not defended a claim for retroactive royalties of $ 2 million against one of its units, and wants the support of a lower court of the sum thrown aside.

Occidental told the Tenth Circuit on Tuesday that it should reject the Office of Natural Resources Revenue’s defenses of the lower court order, saying the federal government set the royalty rates decades ago and was trying to dodge scrutiny of the decision to abruptly change course and implement a new pricing regime. Maintaining the lower court order rejecting decades of industry practice “would create substantial uncertainty for royalty …

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