November's Wyoming Oil and Gas Commissioners hearing represented the last one for Governor Matt Mead as he enters into his final days in office.  As the chair of the Commission, he has been a familiar presence at the monthly hearings and has brought solid knowledge and balanced input. "It is important to have a Governor as active on the Commission as he has been," stated Supervisor Mark Watson.  "Our oil and gas resources are vital to the state as well as ensuring a balanced approach in recovering those resources. Governor Mead understood these principals and helped move the Commission forward on many levels.  It has been an honor to work under his leadership, stated Watson."  

During Governor Mead's tenure, several important rules were adopted by the WOGCC in response to his Energy Strategy.  Setbacks increased from 350 feet to 500 and mitigation plans were made a requirement for wells less than 1,000 feet to an occupied structure, baseline water quality testing became mandatory, and the flaring and venting regulations were updated.  Additionally, he ensured the WOGCC begin addressing the increasing number of orphan wells, which has led to thousands of orphan wells being plugged and abandoned. 

During the hearing, the Commissioners presented a unique plaque to the Governor and a wireline log that was framed to remind him of his days on the Commission.  A cake was served in his honor.

"It is this type of balanced leadership that will leave a legacy once he leaves office," noted Watson.  "The cake we provided at our November hearings to honor his last time to serve on the Commission said 'To One Great Cowboy.'  I think that wraps it up quite well for our Governor," said Watson.