New Mexico Potash plant's lawsuit to head to trial

Posted at: 03/23/2014 9:31 AM
By: The Associated Press

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CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — Jury selection is set to begin in a trial between a Carlsbad mine and an energy company over trespassing and drilling rights.

The Carlsbad Current-Argus reports jurors will be chosen starting Monday to hear arguments in a 2010 lawsuit filed by Mosaic Potash against Devon Energy Production Co.

Mosaic officials say Devon Energy trespassed on two sections of land that fall into the boundaries of a mineral lease held by them.

According to court documents, they allege Devon's drilling caused damages to potash deposits.

Mosaic says despite moving the drilling location under the orders of the Bureau of Land Management, Devon still drilled in the original area.

The company says more than 4.4 million tons of mineable ore went to waste.

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