LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A judge has dismissed a lawsuit that sought to transfer control of oil and gas exploration drilling proceeds from the state Game and Fish Commission to the Legislature. The commission said Friday Pulaski County Circuit Court Judge Jay Moody threw out James Dockery's 2009 lawsuit.
Dockery had argued that the money should be placed under the control of the Legislature, instead of remaining solely in the hands of the wildlife agency. The commission voted in 2008 to lease drilling rights to Chesapeake Energy Corp. of Oklahoma City for $32.2 million.
The area comprises more than 7,500 acres in the Petit Jean River Wildlife Management Area in Yell County and nearly 4,000 acres in the Gulf Mountain WMA in Van Buren County.