The Supreme Court Modifies Homestead Claimants' Property Rights in BedRoc Ltd. v. United States

Ryan, Katherine Daniels
August 2005
Ecology Law Quarterly;2005, Vol. 32 Issue 3, p683
Academic Journal
The article discusses the ruling of the U.S. Supreme Court on the case BedRoc Ltd. v. United States, concerning the sand and gravel rights under the Pittman Underground Water Act of 1919. The ruling was distinguished from an earlier decision in Watt v. Western Nuclear Inc., which held that the sand and gravel rights are reserved for land patented under the Stock-Raising Homestead Act of 1916 (SRHA). Principles of statutory distinction were refined and the court also determined that people claiming title to land patented under the Pittman Act have different property rights compared to those with land patented under the SRHA.


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