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Energy Leaders to Address Hot Topics at OCU Conference

OKLAHOMA CITY  Renowned environment professor Vaclav Smil and Continental Resources CEO Harold Hamm will discuss environmental issues, horizontal drilling and fracturing techniques at Oklahoma City University’s next Karl F. and June S. Martin Family Foundation Energy Management Speaker Series. The conference will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Oct. 4 at OCU’s Meinders School of Business, located at N.W. 27th St. and McKinley Ave.

Smil is a distinguished professor in the faculty of environment at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada. He is listed as one of the “Top 100 Global Thinkers” by Foreign Policy magazine and has published several books on his interdisciplinary research interests including energy, the environment, food, population, the economy and public policy.

“Professor Smil is a heavy-weight thinker, prolific author and a regular on the lecture circuit and we are excited he will be joining Harold Hamm to discuss energy issues we face on a national and global scale,” said Steven C. Agee, interim dean of OCU’s Meinders School of Business.

Hamm has served as CEO and director of Continental Resources since the company’s inception in 1967 and currently serves as chairman of the board of directors. He served as a founding board member of the Oklahoma Energy Resources Board and co-founded the Domestic Energy Producers Alliance.

Registration for the event will open at 3:30 p.m. and it is free to the public. For more information or to register, call Melissa Cory at (405) 208-5540, email or visit