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Oil tycoon told Univ. of Okla. dean he wanted scientists dismissed who study links in oil/gas activity & the nearly 400-fold increase in quakes

 
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Oil tycoon told Univ. of Okla. dean he wanted scientists dismissed who study links in oil/gas activity & the nearly 400-fold increase in quakes
Oil CEO Wanted University Quake Scientists Dismissed: Dean's E-Mail

The billionaire CEO of Continental Resources told a dean at the University of Oklahoma that he wanted earthquake researchers dismissed


Oil tycoon Harold Hamm told a University of Oklahoma dean last year that he wanted certain scientists there dismissed who were studying links between oil and gas activity and the state's nearly 400-fold increase in earthquakes, according to the dean's e-mail recounting the conversation.

Hamm, the billionaire founder and chief executive officer of Oklahoma City-based Continental Resources, is a major donor to the university, which is the home of the Oklahoma Geological Survey. He has vigorously disputed the notion that he tried to pressure the survey's scientists. "I'm very approachable, and don't think I'm intimidating," Hamm was quoted as saying in an interview with EnergyWire, an industry publication, that was published on May 11. "I don't try to push anybody around."


Yet an e-mail obtained from the university by Bloomberg News via a public records request says Hamm used a blunt approach during a 90-minute meeting last year with the dean whose department includes the geological survey.

"Mr. Hamm is very upset at some of the earthquake reporting to the point that he would like to see select OGS staff dismissed," wrote Larry Grillot, the dean of the university's Mewbourne College of Earth and Energy, in a July 16, 2014, e-mail to colleagues at the university. Hamm also expressed an interest in joining a search committee charged with finding a new director for the geological survey, according to Grillot's e-mail. And, the dean wrote, Hamm indicated that he would be "visiting with Governor [Mary] Fallin on the topic of moving the OGS out of the University of Oklahoma."


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If he's a donor to that university he has that right, and there's nothing the bleeding heart libtards can do about it. Business isn't charity, and this isn't a communist country yet, thank you very much Mr (not President) Obama.
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If he's a donor to that university he has that right, and there's nothing the bleeding heart libtards can do about it. Business isn't charity, and this isn't a communist country yet, thank you very much Mr (not President) Obama.
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The business of interfering with scientific research, to have bought-off scientists that cater to a fatcatís whims, thatís not solid business, not for a company, not for a student center/university, not for science ó and you wonder why so many companies get their science from another country, itís for manipulative locals as such.

Oil and Pharma and other big business sectors are comfortable with herding people around offices to make their agenda look good and the money keep rolling in, and then nobody wants to work with them for fear of being killed/fired for correct science/business, and then from that corruption they are exhibiting as business execs, you get a shitty business building with wimpy scientists and a shitty business ethic.

So itís not about the business itís about the ethics.

If real science says that fracking is screwing with the soil, and that is covered up through whatever organization, there is still reality to deal with; we all canít be so deviant as monsanto.
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Meanwhile, from the USGS...

New Insight on Ground Shaking from Man-Made Earthquakes

The U. S. Geological Survey (USGS) released a report today that outlines a preliminary set of models to forecast how hazardous ground shaking could be in the areas where sharp increases in seismicity have been recorded. The models ultimately aim to calculate how often earthquakes are expected to occur in the next year and how hard the ground will likely shake as a result. This report looked at the central and eastern United States; future research will incorporate data from the western states as well.

This report also identifies issues that must be resolved to develop a final hazard model, which is scheduled for release at the end of the year after the preliminary models are further examined. These preliminary models should be considered experimental in nature and should not be used for decision-making.

USGS scientists identified 17 areas within eight states with increased rates of induced seismicity. Since 2000, several of these areas have experienced high levels of seismicity, with substantial increases since 2009 that continue today. This is the first comprehensive assessment of the hazard levels associated with induced earthquakes in these areas. A detailed list of these areas is provided in the accompanying map, including the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Texas.

Scientists developed the models by analyzing earthquakes in these zones and considering their rates, locations, maximum magnitude, and ground motions.

ďThis new report describes for the first time how injection-induced earthquakes can be incorporated into U.S. seismic hazard maps,Ē said Mark Petersen, Chief of the USGS National Seismic Hazard Modeling Project. ďThese earthquakes are occurring at a higher rate than ever before and pose a much greater risk to people living nearby. The USGS is developing methods that overcome the challenges in assessing seismic hazards in these regions in order to support decisions that help keep communities safe from ground shaking.Ē



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If he's a donor to that university he has that right, and there's nothing the bleeding heart libtards can do about it. Business isn't charity, and this isn't a communist country yet, thank you very much Mr (not President) Obama.
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