Keating's meeting with Conoco officials postponed because of weather

Friday, December 14th 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ Gov. Frank Keating was unable to complete his trip to Houston, where he hoped to convince Conoco executives to locate their company's headquarters in Oklahoma.

Thunderstorms on Thursday near Houston forced Keating's plane to return to the state.

``I assume we would try to reschedule,'' Keating spokesman John Cox said.

Keating was scheduled to meet with Archie Dunham, Conoco's chief executive officer and a friend of Keating's.

The governor met Dec. 7 with James Mulva, Phillips' chief executive officer, in Bartlesville _ the company's headquarters. He wants to convince the newly merged corporations to stay in Oklahoma.

Conoco and Phillips, now ConocoPhillips, are expected to complete a $35 billion merger next year and consolidate their headquarters in Houston.

Keating may schedule other meetings that include University of Oklahoma President David Boren, who said he would like to see the merged ConocoPhillips put its headquarters in Oklahoma.