SEA ISLAND, Ga., Nov. 11, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, U. S. Steel Tubular Products, Inc., a subsidiary of United States Steel Corporation (NYSE: X), announced that Harold G. Hamm, chairman and chief executive officer of Continental Resources, is the recipient of the 2016 Chief Roughneck Award. The announcement was made at the 87th annual meeting of the Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA). U. S. Steel Senior Vice President -Tubular Business David Rintoul presented Mr. Hamm with the traditional Chief Roughneck bronze bust and hard hat when recognizing Hamm. "Harold is a tireless advocate for America's energy independence," said Rintoul. "He is a fighter, not only for our industry and his company, but also for the success of others. He personally devotes his time and resources to championing a healthy and secure future for all Americans. This steadfast commitment makes him a perfect choice for the 2016 Chief Roughneck Award." Harold Hamm established Continental Resources in 1967 at the age of 21. He built a grassroots startup into a top 10 oil producer in the United States. Mr. Hamm co-founded and serves as chairman of the Domestic Energy Producers Alliance, which aims to protect American jobs and economic activity generated by onshore drilling and production activities in the United States. His industry leadership also includes serving as past chairman and present board member of the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association, as a founding board member of the Oklahoma Energy Resources Board, and as a past president of the National Stripper Well Association. The prestigious Chief Roughneck Award was created in 1955 to honor the lifetime achievements of petroleum industry leaders. U. S. Steel Tubular Products proudly continues to present this important award, which is widely recognized as one of the industry's highest honors.