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Hamm: Bakken oil threatened by safety missteps

Harold Hamm
Harold Hamm

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The godfather of North Dakota's oil bonanza predicts the state's crude production will double to 2 million barrels daily by decade's end.

But billionaire oilman Harold Hamm warned industry officials Thursday that future safety missteps will threaten that.

Hamm is the chairman of Oklahoma City-based Continental Resources Inc. His company is one of the oldest and biggest players in the Bakken.

North Dakota's unprecedented oil boom has been marred in the past year by a massive oil pipeline rupture in the western part of the state and a fiery oil train derailment in the eastern part.

Hamm says the industry is in the "crosshairs'' of anti-oil advocates and it's up to companies to do things in an "absolute safe manner.''

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