The Texas Railroad Commission (RRC) on Aug. 6 granted Exco Operating Co. LP its request for an exemption to the state’s anti-flaring regulation, the first time such a request had been contested.

The 2-1 vote affects Exco’s 69 flare points at its operations in Dimmit and Zavala counties in the Eagle Ford Shale. The Williams Cos. Inc. had opposed the request, contending that Exco did not need to flare associated natural gas because its Mockingbird Midstream Gas Services LLC system was nearby.

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