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Wyoming Oil and Gas Supervisor Resigns

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State Capitol
Cheyenne, WY 82002
Ph. (307) 777-7437

March 31, 2014


Renny MacKay
Communications Director

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – The State Oil and Gas Supervisor, Grant Black, has resigned his position. In response, Governor Matt Mead issued this statement:

“The Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (Commission) plays an integral role in Wyoming – it helps safeguard public safety and health while also facilitating the responsible development of natural gas and oil, which are key to the entire country and to our economy. I thank Grant for his efforts on these matters and wish him well.”

The State Oil and Gas Supervisor is the director of the Commission. Mark Watson, the lead petroleum engineer for the Commission, has been appointed as interim Supervisor effective April 1, 2014. He has a degree in petroleum engineering from the University of Wyoming and has worked at the Commission for about 30 years.

Governor Mead said: “The Commission has a lot on its plate at this time. The baseline water rule, which is a model nationally; the plan for reclaiming and plugging orphaned wells; a rules review related to issues like flaring, setbacks and bonding; and the investigation of the wells outside of Pavillion – all are significant and need to be done as well as possible. These efforts will move forward and we are confident the staff at the Commission will advance these projects and they will remain on schedule. I thank Mark for his willingness to step forward and lead the Commission at this time.”