United States v. Louisiana
525 U.S. 1 (1960)

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CASES ADJUDGED

IN THE

SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES

AT

OCTOBER TERM, 1998

Syllabus

UNITED STATES v. LOUISIANA ET AL. (TEXAS BOUNDARY CASE)

ON JOINT MOTION FOR ENTRY OF SUPPLEMENTAL DECREE

No.9, Orig. Decided May 31, 1960, December 4, 1967, and March 3, 1969-Final Decree Entered December 12, 1960-Supplemental Decree Entered May 5, 1969-Supplemental Decree Entered October 13, 1998

Supplemental decree entered.

Opinions reported: 363 U. S. 1, 389 U. S. 155, and 394 U. S. 1; final decree reported: 364 U. S. 502; supplemental decree reported: 394 U. S. 836.

The joint motion for entry of a supplemental decree is granted.

SUPPLEMENTAL DECREE

On December 12, 1960, this Court entered a final decree addressing the entitlement of the United States and the States of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas to lands, minerals, and other natural resources underlying the Gulf of Mexico. United States v. Louisiana, 364 U. S. 502. On May 5, 1969, this Court entered a supplemental decree describing the 1845 coastline of the State of Texas and the offshore boundary between the United States and Texas. United States v. Louisiana, 394 U. S. 836. For the purpose of identifying with greater particularity the boundary line


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Supplemental Decree

between the submerged lands of Texas and those of the United States, it is ordered, adjudged, and decreed as follows:

1. As against the United States, with the exceptions provided by § 5 of the Submerged Lands Act, 67 Stat. 32, 43 U. S. C. § 1313, the State of Texas is entitled to all lands, minerals, and other natural resources underlying the Gulf of Mexico, bounded on the south by the international boundary with the Republic of Mexico and on the east by the boundary between the States of Texas and Louisiana and an extension thereof, that lie landward of the line described in paragraph 3 below.

2. As against the State of Texas, the United States is entitled to all lands, minerals, and other natural resources underlying the Gulf of Mexico, bounded on the south by the international boundary with the Republic of Mexico and on the east by the boundary between the States of Texas and Louisiana and an extension thereof, that lie seaward of the line described in paragraph 3 below.

3. The federal-state boundary line, referred to in paragraphs 1 and 2 above, is located as follows:

Type CodeNAD 27
Texas South Zone (feet)
x-coordinate y-coordinate

BEGINNING AT 2499640.190113383.050
BY STRAIGHT LINE TO 2499530.550116379.990
BY ARC CENTERED AT 2444923.280113478.030
TO 2499085.770121013.970
BY STRAIGHT LINE TO 2498580.340124646.260
BY ARC CENTERED AT 2444417.930117110.640
TO 2498520.860125062.040
BY ARC CENTERED AT 2447716.990104830.000
TO 2498147.430125977.510
BY STRAIGHT LINE TO 2498068.220126760.310
BY ARC CENTERED AT 2443661.000121256.010

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