Wyoming Oil and Gas Supervisor Grant Black resigned Monday after just 11 months on the job.

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 Republic Reported.

“Why Black is resigning after 11 months on the job isn’t clear. Most of the conference call was closed to the public and neither Black nor Mead spokesman Renny MacKay immediately returned messages seeking comment,” the report said.

The commissioners named Mark Watson, a long-time commission employee, to serve as interim supervisor starting Tuesday.

Oil and gas development in Wyoming is overseen by the oil and gas supervisor and the five commissioners.

“The commission has been considering several significant changes to Wyoming’s oil and gas regulations in recent months,” the report said.


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