Meet Harold Hamm: Donald Trump’s Future Fracker-in-Chief

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When it comes to energy, Harold Hamm, CEO of Continental Resources, appears to be the leading contender for Secretary of Energy in a Donald Trump administration.

So far Hamm has been in the background, advising Trump from behind the proverbial curtain, but all of that might change if the republicans win in November.

Hamm does not have an academic or political background because he has made his career in the oil and gas industry and believes that using fossil fuels is the only way to go.

At the TrumpCon going on in Cleveland, Hamm spoke to an eager audience of fringe right-wingers about how terrorism ruins oil drilling. He said: “Every time we can’t drill a well in America, terrorism is being funded.”

Hamm neglected to tell the audience that American crude has declined by 17% since 2015, but chose to incite the crowd by adding that Trump would “release America’s pent-up energy potential, get rid of foreign oil, trash punitive regulations, create millions of jobs, and develop our most strategic geopolitical weapon: crude oil.”

The disturbing aspect to Hamm’s vision of America’s energy future is that it includes more intense hydraulic fracturing (fracking) than is being done now. That brings into the frame concerns about the safety of local communities that are within 50 miles of a waste water well – not to mention the seismic activity this energy extraction method causes.

Earlier this year, the US Geological Survey (USGS) released a map of risks of damaging earthquakes for 2016, showing that man-made earthquakes are becoming a bigger and potentially more costly quakes than felt previously.

According to the map, areas east of the Rockies are more likely to shake because of hydraulic fracturing. Other parts of the country are at risk, including:

• California
• Oklahoma
• Texas
• New Mexico
• Kansas
• Colorado
• Arkansas

And last year the Southern Methodist University (SMU) and the University of Colorado (UC) with the assistance of the USGS published a study showing an “unprecedented” rise in earthquakes in central states such as Texas and Oklahoma.

SMU researchers found that the increase in seismic activity in Texas is directly correlated with fluid injection wells which happen to be near by the center of the earthquake.

Based on analysis, “quakes that struck within nine miles of an active injection well were considered to be associated with that well. More than 18,000 wells — or about 10 percent — were associated with earthquakes, primarily in Texas and Oklahoma.”

With the increase in injection wells annually, the seismic activity in those regions rose in tandem showing a direct causation of injection well use and earthquake phenomenon.

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