Case of First Impression

 Led by Greg Jackson and Aaron Christian, A+J represented EXCO Operating Company, LP, a Texas-based oil and gas exploration and production company, before the Railroad Commission of Texas in a major case of first impression regarding disposal of casinghead gas, a by-product of oil production. A pipeline company connected to 130+ EXCO-operated oil wells intervened to protest proceedings where EXCO sought authority to dispose of the gas. If authority was denied, EXCO would have been forced to send the gas into the pipeline on highly unfavorable terms dictated by the pipeline company or shut in its oil wells. After a contested hearing and extensive briefing, Commission staff recommended that EXCO’s permits, under Statewide Rule 32, be granted. The Commissioners, by a vote of 2 to 1, accepted the staff recommendation and granted EXCO’s permit.

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