Wyoming oil-gas supervisor resigning

By: AP
By: AP

Cheyenne, WY (AP) - Wyoming Oil and Gas Supervisor Grant Black is resigning.

The Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission made up of Gov. Matt Mead and four other state officials accepted Black's resignation Monday after a nearly two-hour conference call.

The commissioners then named commission petroleum engineer Mark Watson to serve as interim supervisor once Black's resignation takes effect Tuesday.

Why Black is resigning after 11 months on the job isn't clear. Most of the conference call was closed to the public. Black did not return a phone message and a press release from Mead's office offered no explanation.

The oil and gas supervisor and the five commissioners oversee oil and gas development in Wyoming. The commission has been considering several significant changes to Wyoming's oil and gas regulations in recent months.

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