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Published September 02, 2013, 05:49 PM

Oil land ownership

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - North Dakota's oil boom is leading to a surge in court cases for people trying to figure out if they own mineral-rich land.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - North Dakota's oil boom is leading to a surge in court cases for people trying to figure out if they own mineral-rich land.

People who thought they had land are trying to claim ownership. The cases are called quiet titles.

In Northwest District courts, those cases have increased from 24 in 2006 to 141 in 2012. In the Southwest District courts, the cases have risen from nine in 2006 to 122 last year.

Officials say the cases can be challenging because deeds go back decades.

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