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“Hamm Defends 2013 Meeting With Okla. Seismologist and OU President”

Continental Resources Chairman and founder Harold Hamm says his 2013 meeting with Okahoma’s state seismologist and University of Oklahoma President David Boren was to get information, not to pressure scientists to change findings related to earthquakes, EnergyWire’s Mike Soraghan reports.

“The insinuation that there was something untoward that occurred in meetings with Austin Holland is both offensive and inaccurate,” Hamm said in an email sent to The Oklahoman newspaper Friday. “Austin works for a state agency. Upon its founding, the Oklahoma Geological Survey had a solid reputation of an agency that was accessible and of service to the community and industry in Oklahoma. We hope that the agency can continue the legacy to provide this service.” At the time of the November 2013 meeting, Holland’s agency had joined the U.S. Geological Survey in saying that oil and gas activity might be a “contributing factor” in the swarm of quakes. In the months after those meetings, OGS returned to its previous position rejecting links between earthquakes and oil and gas activity.

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