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Platte Pipe Line Co. v. United States

ELR Citation: 18 ELR 21481
Nos. No. 85-2380, 846 F.2d 610/27 ERC 1878/(10th Cir., 05/09/1988)

The court rules that the Claims Court has exclusive jurisdiction over actions against the federal government to recover oil spill cleanup costs. Section 311 of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act provides for exclusive jurisdiction in the Claims Court, and to allow actions to recover oil spill cleanup costs to be brought in federal district court under the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) would frustrate the intent of Congress. The court remands to the district court the question of whether non-cleanup negligence claims arising out of an oil spill are cognizable under the FTCA.

Counsel for Plaintiff-Appellant
Patrick Dixon
Murane & Bostwick
Ste. 100, 350 W. A St., Casper WY 82601
(307) 234-9345

Counsel for Defendant-Appellee
Robert L. Klarquist
Land and Natural Resources Division
Department of Justice, Washington DC 20530
(202) 633-2731

Richard A. Stacy, U.S. Attorney
P.O. Box 668, Cheyenne WY 82003
(307) 772-2124

Before ANDERSON, McWILLIAMS, and BALDOCK, Circuit Judges.