Offshore Oil

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Federal State Clash on Submergedland

Issues in Dispute Before Congress and High Court

Whether the lands under the marginal sea, between low-water mark and the three-mile limit, belong to the respective bordering states or are a part of the public domain of the United States is to be determined soon either by Congress or by the Supreme Court. The Senate Judiciary Committee will open hearings Feb. 5 on a House-approved joint resolution abandoning to the states any federal right or interest in the submerged lands. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court has given the State of California until Jan. 28 to file its reply to a test suit instituted by the Department of Justice to establish federal claims to submerged lands off the coast of that state.

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