Watson served as interim supervisor since the April 1 departure of Grant Black who had served just barely a year on the job. Watson was lead petroleum engineer for the WOGCC.
Grant Black came to the WOGCC in April 2013 after an extended 8-month search process, which initially attracted only a handful of qualified candidates.
State official admits that although his office is cranking out high volumes of oil well permits, it has a difficult time keeping pace with field inspections throughout all of Wyoming.
Efforts to clean up abandoned coal-bed methane gas wells lacks financing and is mired in outdated rules and regulations guiding oil and gas development.