Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Bulgaria Would Welcome Oklahoma Oil Producers

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Bulgaria Would Welcome Oklahoma Oil Producers

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Bulgaria would welcome Oklahoma oil producers, Gov. Henry Bellmon said Wednesday after a trip there to monitor that country's elections.

"They would dearly love to have Oklahomans come over there and look for oil," Bellmon said at his news conference.

On other issues, Bellmon said he was no further toward deciding whether to call a special session of the Oklahoma Legislature to address prison crowding.

The governor also said Lt. Gov. Robert S. Kerr III breached an agreement when he appointed James Sanders Mitchell as trustee and chief administrative officer for the Oklahoma Ordinance Works Authority during Bellmon's week-long absence.

Bellmon, who led a U.S. delegation to Bulgaria to judge the country's elections for fairness, said conditions were much different than when he was there in the mid-1970s.

He said although Bulgaria has natural gas production, oil reserves are untapped.

Country officials also are anxious for financial institutions to help them set up a monetary system, Bellmon said, and he was also questioned on revenue-raising methods.

"They're trying to get private investors to take over industry," he said.

Export prospects for Bulgaria could include fruits and vegetables, handicrafts, forklifts, and computer equipment, Bellmon said.

Bellmon, who met with Bulgaria's president and prime minister, said the leadership of the country is making every effort to shed the image of being dictatorial and oppressive.

On the appointment of Mitchell by Kerr, Bellmon said the move was "contrary to an understanding I thought we had at the beginning . . . that he wouldn't take actions when I was out of the state or the country."

Mitchell was the assistant to Gene Redden, former chief administrative officer of the authority who died this month.

The Oklahoma Ordnance Works Authority, located in Pryor, has more than $60 million in assets and supports 40 businesses. …

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