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177 US 212 Ohio Oil Company v. State of Indiana Madison County

177 U.S. 212

20 S.Ct. 585

44 L.Ed. 740

OHIO OIL COMPANY, Plff. in Err.,
v.
STATE OF INDIANA for the Use of MADISON COUNTY.

No. 83.

October Term, 1899.

Mr. Justice White delivered the opinion of the court:

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The defendant below was sued for the sum of certain penalties imposed by law for allowing gas to escape into the atmospheric air from an oil and gas well. The statute by which the penalties were imposed is the one we have considered and passed on in an opinion this day delivered in Ohio Oil Co. v. Indiana, No. 84 of this term (177 U. S. 190, 44 L. ed. ——, 20 Sup. Ct. Rep. 576). The defendant demurred to the complaint, and when the demurrer was overruled answered. The answer alleged that the statute imposing the penalties was repugnant to the Constitution of the United States, on the same grounds which we have to-day disposed of in the case referred to. From a judgment awarding the penalties, which was affirmed by the supreme court of the state of Indiana, this writ of error is prosecuted. For the reasons given in case No. 84, the judgment is affirmed.