CHEYENNE — Wyoming has yet to hire a state oil and gas supervisor after Tom Doll was asked to leave the position in June after he blundered
by publicly calling Pavillion residents who have contaminated well water "greedy."
While the state has received more than 40 applicants and has even offered the job to one candidate who refused the post in November, a stipulation required under law has been problematic. By law, a registered petroleum engineer or petroleum geologist must fill the position.
An update on the law headed into legislation would scrub the necessity for being registered and swap it out with a clause indicating that 10 years of experience as a petroleum engineer or geologist will suffice.
As a registered geologist, Interim Director Bob King is fully qualified for the position right now, but he said in a recent phone interview he would never become supervisor.
"I'm here as an interim and ... I've said that from the start," he said. "I'm qualified to take the job right now; it just doesn't meet my objectives right now."
He said the requirement is likely to change in the legislative session that begins today, allowing someone else to fill in the supervisor position King is for now fulfilling.
But the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission has said they would likely extend a job offer if a qualified person applied for the position before the law changes.
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