Wednesday, March 3, 2010

U.S. Supreme Court says counties may tax gas in pipelines

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from Missouri Gas Energy over a court ruling that could allow counties in Oklahoma to collect taxes on natural gas that is shipped by pipelines that run through the counties.

The justices did not comment on March 1 on their order in an appeal filed by Missouri Gas. In 2008, the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled that the natural gas is subject to taxation.

The ruling could mean millions for several counties in the state and could affect similar disputes in Kansas and Texas.

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