PINEDALE - Sublette County Commissioners agreed to hire an attorney to file a brief against Vanguard in bankruptcy court in an attempt to recoup more than $2 million in unpaid 2017 taxes.
The motion was made following a closed executive session that included the commissioners, County Treasurer Roxanna Jensen, Deputy County Attorney Matt Gaffney, and attorney John McKinley, by conference call from Davis & Cannon, which represents Sublette County on mineral and taxation issues.
On Feb. 1, 2017, Vanguard Natural Resources, LLC, and 13 affiliated debtors filed a voluntary petition for relief under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division. The cases are pending before the Hon. Marvin Isgur and are jointly administered under Case No. 17-30560.
Sublette County filed a claim in court for $8.3 million dollars for nonpayment of ad valorem taxes on production. They join a long list of 14,354 claimants as of Dec. 21.