03/18/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Colorado Supreme Court To Decide Whether CDOT Can Claim Mineral Rights On Condemned Land

Colorado's Supreme Court has agreed to consider whether the Colorado Department of Transportation is authorized to acquire mineral rights beneath condemned lands.

The case involves oil and gas beneath about 70 acres the state acquired from Agnes Hunt for construction of Interstate 70 east of Rifle.

The Colorado Court of Appeals in April ruled in favor of Gypsum Ranch Co. LLC, which later bought the Hunt estate and claims that in doing so it became owner of the mineral rights below the condemned right of way.

Read more on Grand Junction Daily Sentinel