Precej nerodna zadeva, ki jo odkriva Bloomberg, in sicer da je naftna industrija (neformalno) pritiskala na znanstvenike univerze v Oklahomi, ki so povečano seizmično aktivnost v Oklahomi povezovali s pridobivanjem nafte in plina iz skrilavcev (fracking). Naftna industrija oziroma Continental Resources pa je med velikimi donatorji univerze v Oklahomi… To seveda odpira vprašanje etike v sodelovanju med univerzami in gospodarstvom.
In November 2013, Austin Holland, Oklahoma’s state seismologist, got a request that made him nervous. It was from David Boren, president of the University of Oklahoma, which houses the Oklahoma Geological Survey where Holland works. Boren, a former U.S. senator, asked Holland to his office for coffee with Harold Hamm, the billionaire founder of Continental Resources, one of Oklahoma’s largest oil and gas operators. Boren sits on the board of Continental, and Hamm is a big donor to the university, giving $20 million in 2011 for a new diabetes center. Says Holland: “It was just a little bit intimidating.”