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Oklahoma tornadoes: Oklahoma energy companies contribute millions to relief efforts

Several of Oklahoma's largest energy companies have pledged more than $7.5 million to aid in disaster relief efforts after deadly tornadoes struck the state.
BY JAY F. MARKS Published: May 22, 2013

Koch Industries Inc., whose companies employ more than 2,000 people across Oklahoma, said it will donate $1 million for tornado relief efforts.

Half of the amount will be given to the OK Strong Disaster Relief Fund established by Gov. Mary Fallin in coordination with United Way of Central Oklahoma. The other $500,000 will go to the American Red Cross and The Salvation Army to help affected families.

Houston-based Apache Corp., which has an office in Tulsa, is donating $500,000.

“Our hearts go out to the families of those who have suffered due to these horrific storms,” said Rob Johnston, vice president of Apache's central region. “Apache has had a home in Oklahoma since the company's first well was drilled there more than 50 years ago.

“Many Apache employees have close ties to family, friends and schools in the area, and we will help this community with its disaster-recovery efforts.”

ConocoPhillips and Phillips 66, which got their starts in Oklahoma, each will contribute $1 million to the Red Cross and match employee donations to the relief effort.

Industry giant Exxon Mobil Corp. will donate $500,000 to the Red Cross as well, the company announced Tuesday evening.

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