Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Bellmon Tries to Lure Science Project to State

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Bellmon Tries to Lure Science Project to State

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Gov. Henry Bellmon is trying to bring to Oklahoma the Super Collider, a massive federal government science project which will last for approximately the next 10 years.

The federal government plans to put $4.4 billion into the project, while the National Science Foundation plans to contribute $10 billion over the next 10 years.

Basically, the Super Collider project is designed to answer elemental questions of science, such as the composition and formation of matter.

According to a statement by Secretary of Energy John Harrington, released by the governor's office, a final site selection process has been completed. It is not definite when site selection would begin.

Bellmon discussed the project with Harrington during the national governor's conference in Washington, D.C., earlier this week.

"Other states are in the running (for the site selection process) and I'm afraid Oklahoma has lagged behind, but I am hoping we can still make it," he said. "This would mean a substantial economic impact for the state and would advance the scientific research capabilities at our universities."

Bellmon said requirements for selection of the site where the project will be held are a stable geographic area and a central location.

Under that project, he said, Oklahoma could reap a benefit in both economic development and advancement of scientific research conducted in the state.

While in Washington, Bellmon had hoped to meet with President Reagan to discuss the proposed oil import fee, but the meeting was not held. …

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