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May 7, 2012

Hamm named to task force to negotiate water dispute

Harold Hamm, chairman and CEO of Continental Resources, has been appointed to a task force to discuss solutions to avoid ongoing litigation over water rights between the state of Oklahoma and two American Indian tribes.

The task force will discuss possible solutions to the water rights issue between the state, the Chickasaw Nation and the Choctaw Nation.

“Water rights and water security are linked to both economic and quality of life issues,” said Gov. Mary Fallin, Chickasaw Chief Bill Anoatubby and Choctaw Chief Gregory Pyle, in a joint press release. “Our hope is that this new task force will help to pave the way toward an agreement that is fair and beneficial to all relevant parties.”

Other members of the task force members are Anoatubby, Fallin, Pyle, Gary Batton, Clay Bennett, Mike Cawley, Glenn Coffee, Jim Couch, Pete Delaney, Pennie Embry, Amy Ford, Robert Henry, Jason Hitch, Brian McClain, Aubrey McClendon, Larry Nichols, Mike Samis and David Thompson.

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