WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A federal judge has handed a key legal win to landowners battling a Nebraska gas firm in a lawsuit over the condemnation of more than 9,100 acres spanning three counties in south-central Kansas.
The ruling Wednesday over ownership rights of the escaped storage gas is the latest turn in a decades-old legal fight stemming from gas seeping from the Cunningham Storage Field.
U.S. District Judge Monti Belot granted partial summary judgment to the Kansas landowners. The judge ruled Northern Natural Gas must pay landowners "just compensation" for the value of storage gas, as well as native gas, which lies underneath their land.
More than 173 property owners hold some property interest in the more than 40 tracts in Pratt, Kingman and Reno counties at issue in the federal lawsuit.
Posted by Greg Palmer