Continental Resources, Inc. v. Jewell, No. 15-5333 (D.C. Cir. 2017)Annotate this Case
Continental extracts gas from leased federal land and pays royalties to the Interior Department. An agency within the Interior Department began an administrative proceeding against Continental by issuing an order demanding more than $1.7 million in additional royalties. The district court subsequently dismissed Continental's suit for judicial review of the Department's decision. At issue is whether Continental filed its action more than 180 days after its “receipt of notice” of Interior’s “final decision” pursuant to 30 U.S.C. 1724(j) & (h)(2)(B). The court held that because Continental could not have known the date of final agency action until July 29, 2013, receipt of notice could not have occurred before then. Therefore, the court concluded that Continental's complaint was timely. The court reversed and remanded for further proceedings.