Things are going to feel a little different around here for a while.  One doesn’t work with someone for seven years and not feel the change when they aren’t there.  That is the story with Mark Doelger - the longest serving WOGCC commissioner on record (or as far as Supervisor Mark Watson can remember).

At the February hearings, Mr. Doelger announced he was stepping down as a commissioner after seven years.  The two commissioners that are appointed by the Governor each serve a two year term.  Mark was appointed for four terms with knowledge that he would only stay one year during his last appointment to support the Commission since it had all new members in 2019. During 2019, he also served for about six months as acting chairman for the Commission.

Mark is not only a man of dedication, but is someone with a tremendous depth of knowledge.  A registered professional geologist with over 45 years of experience in exploration for oil, natural gas, and uranium, Doelger brought an immense amount of adeptness to the role of Commissioner.  Supervisor Mark Watson noted how much he will personally miss him and how lucky the WOGCC was to have had a citizen such as Mark.  “He gave of his time unselfishly and provided professional expertise at every hearing,” stated Watson. 

Doelger is an author and co-author of numerous technical presentations and publications, including the Atlas of Major Rocky Mountain Natural Gas Reservoirs.  Over the course of his professional life, he has testified as an expert before the U.S. Senate, several State Legislatures, and federal and state regulatory bodies and has advised five Wyoming governors on energy policy matters.  Serving on several boards in the past, he presently sits on the Wyoming Chapter of The Nature Conservancy.

We at the WOGCC thank Mark Doelger for his commitment and his service.  He will be greatly missed.  As Governor Gordon stated at the February hearing regarding Doelger’s announcement, “I remember first meeting Mark and having an enormous amount of respect for Mark.  Just his sound wisdom and his calm manner of dealing with things…Mark, you are a good friend and a remarkable asset to the state of Wyoming.”  We have to agree.