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Oil Executive Says He Didn’t Try to Get Earthquake Scientists Fired

Harold Hamm in April 2012 at TIME Magazine's 100 Most Influential People In the World gala in New York City

Harold Hamm, the billionaire founder and CEO of Continental Resources, denies a report that told a University of Oklahoma dean he wanted scientists dismissed who were researching links between oil and gas production and Oklahoma’s exponential increase in earthquakes. In emails obtained by Bloomberg’s Benjamin Elgin, Larry Grillot, then the dean of OU’s Mewbourne College [...]

Oil Executive Told University Dean He Wanted Earthquake Scientists Fired

Harold Hamm, CEO of Oklahoma's Continental Resources, is chairman of Mitt Romney's campaign energy advisory committee.

Harold Hamm, the billionaire founder and CEO of Continental Resources told a University of Oklahoma dean he wanted scientists dismissed who were researching links between oil and gas activity and Oklahoma’s earthquake surge, Bloomberg’s Benjamin Elgin reports. “Mr. Hamm is very upset at some of the earthquake reporting to the point that he would like [...]

A Snapshot of the Oil Industry’s Response to State’s Earthquake-Related Well Orders

A Devon Energy disposal well near Stillwater, Okla.

The Oklahoma Corporation Commission in March ordered the operators of nearly 350 disposal wells to prove their operations weren’t allowing waste fluid to be pumped into a rock formation known to produce earthquakes. The Corporation Commission has not provided comprehensive records or data related to the operators’ responses to the March directives despite multiple requests [...]

StateImpact’s Earthquake Research Reading List

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Scientists say oil and gas activity is likely responsible for much of the earthquake activity that has surged in Oklahoma since 2009. Seismologists, regulators, lawmakers, oil industry experts and everyday Oklahomans trying to understand the earthquake phenomenon — known as “induced seismicity” — face two seemingly contradictory observations: Oklahoma has a long history of oil [...]

As Oklahoma Agency Pointed to Natural Causes, Staff Suspected Quakes Were Linked to Oil

The Oklahoma Geological Survey on April 21 acknowledged Oklahoma’s ongoing earthquake surge is “very likely” triggered by wastewater disposal wells used by the oil and gas industry, a formal recognition that comes after years of scientific research that reached similar conclusions. For years, the OGS’s formal public position was that Oklahoma’s earthquakes were likely natural. [...]

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