Gillette, WY – State budget officials are predicting that Wyoming's string of 18 straight years of natural gas production growth could come to an end this year. State Geologist Lance Cook serves on the Consensus Revenue Estimating Group, which made the prediction. Cook says he's hoping the forecast is wrong and there will be an increase. But he says the group does not see an opportunity for higher production this year. State Oil and Gas Conservation Commission Supervisor Don Likwartz attributes the slowdown mainly to questions about Powder River Basin permitting.