Continental Resources

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Donald Trump is wooing energy-state voters by promising a presidency that will champion coal, promote drilling and free frackers from federal regulations limiting oil and gas development.

If the Republican candidate’s energy platform sounds like it was written specifically for fossil fuel companies, that’s because an Oklahoma oil billionaire helped craft it.

Trump delivered his first major speech on U.S. energy policy at a petroleum conference in the capital city of one the country’s most oil-rich states, Bismark, North Dakota.

Bloomberg Business reports that Harold Hamm, the billionaire CEO of Continental Resources, told a dean at the University of Oklahoma that he wanted earthquake researchers dismissed.

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Executives at Chesapeake Energy, Continental Resources and Devon Energy have proposed a plan for Oklahoma’s taxes on oil and natural gas production.

The proposal comes as legislators are debating state oil and gas taxes, which include an incentive for horizontal drilling that expires next year. The Oklahoman‘s Adam Wilmoth reports:

The May 5 issue of Forbes Magazine features Harold Hamm, the CEO of Oklahoma City-based Continental Resources, on the cover. Read the story below.