Casey Toner is enthusiastic about his work here at the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (WOGCC). Since becoming a Senior Well Inspector, Casey, among other duties, supervises the WOGCC’s Orphan Well Program, which has become a true passion for him.  “The logistics involved in plugging and abandoning wells that have been orphaned and left to the state to take care of can be challenging, but the end results are very rewarding.”  The Orphan Well Program allows Casey to meet and talk with land owners who have orphaned wells and equipment on their property. “Seeing these issues mitigated and their land restored through the WOGCC Orphan Well Program is a great feeling,” explains Casey. 

Casey came to Wyoming when his family moved to Saratoga in 1988. Torrington would be their next stop in 1994, where he graduated high school from Southeast High School in Yoder. From there he moved to Bozeman, MT for college in 1997 where he met his wife of 21 years, Crystal.  A couple of years later Casey and his wife moved back to Wyoming during the Coal Bed Methane (CBM) era for him to work on the rigs for Clear Creek Well Service and Kruth Brothers drilling around Buffalo. After a few years in the field, Casey felt the need to finish his schooling.  "It was important to me and my career path to finish my college degree," he notes.  Upon graduating from Sheridan College with with an Associates of Applied Science, Casey accepted a Petroleum Engineer Technician (PET) position with the BLM in Green River WY where he completed more vigorous training to become a certified PET.  

Then in 2006 the opportunity presented itself for Casey to join the State of Wyoming, and in his own words, he "enthusiastically accepted an inspector position with the WOGCC." For the next several years, Casey was tasked with P&A (plug and abandon) activities, rig inspections and blow out preventer pressure tests from Wamsutter to Pinedale garnishing a great deal of experience and expertise.  When the agency moved Casey into doing bond release inspections, MIT's, and other inspections that needed to be done, it allowed him and Crystal to move to Glenrock - the perfect setting for them to raise their son CJ and daughter Clara.  

In 2016, Casey began working on the WOGCC's Orphan Well Program.  When his predecessor retired last year, Casey applied for the position and became the Senior Inspector - Orphan Well Supervisor.  A great fit for the position, Casey looks back at his career path.  "I would have never thought that my career would lead me to this. My team and I here at the commission are plugging wells in the same area that we had drilled 18 years ago."  Funny how things work out.