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CASPER, Wyo. - Thirty-six people have applied to be Wyoming's next state oil and gas supervisor.

The oil and gas supervisor oversees oil and gas development in the state by being the person in charge of the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.

Interim supervisor Bob King says 13 applicants hold professional licenses, such as in petroleum engineering. Six applicants are from other countries including Iran, Pakistan, Guatemala and Malaysia.

The commission began evaluating resumes in a closed session Thursday in Jackson.

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Previous supervisor Tom Doll resigned this summer following comments he made at an industry conference. Doll had said that people in the Pavillion area who say that gas development contaminated their well water are motivated by greed and the desire for compensation.

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