- Associated Press - Friday, March 28, 2014

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - The commissioners who oversee oil and gas development in Wyoming have scheduled a Monday conference call to discuss personnel matters, though details on the agenda weren’t disclosed.

State Oil and Gas Supervisor Grant Black on Friday said he wasn’t aware of the details of the meeting and couldn’t clarify what it will be about.

The commissioners expect to close their phone discussion to the public in accordance with the state Open Meetings Act, according to a notice distributed Wednesday.

Gov. Matt Mead’s policy director, Shawn Reese, said personnel matters - one area of discussion that can justify closing a public meeting under the law - were the anticipated reasons for the executive session.

The oil and gas supervisor directs the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. The agency also is overseen by five commissioners including the governor, state lands director and state geologist.

The commission has been discussing significant changes to Wyoming’s drilling regulations. A rule that took effect this month requires oil and gas developers to test nearby water wells for pollution before, during and after they drill.

Commission officials also have been discussing regulating the flaring of excess gas from oil and gas wells, and changing the minimum distance between wells and homes. In addition, they are reviewing the amount bond companies have to post with the state before they drill.

The commission has scheduled a public meeting on those issues at 6 p.m. April 15 at the oil and gas commission building in Casper.

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