Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Quakes Rattle Oklahoma, Exposing Concerns About the Flagship’s Control of State’s Seismologist

The Chronicle of Higher Education
March 18th, 2015

The University of Oklahoma’s president, David L. Boren, has been dealing with two potentially major controversies in recent days.
In one, Mr. Boren acted decisively, shutting down a fraternity and expelling two students caught on video leading others in a racist chant. Student apologies were made.
In the other, it was revealed that Mr. Boren has accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars a year as a board member of an oil company. Meanwhile, the state seismologist under the president's oversight has refused to draw a public link between a series of earthquakes and the industry’s injection wells — a connection many scientists think is well supported by the evidence.

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