Official report to the House of Representatives of the 58th Legislature of Texas Page: 27 of 94
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(Judge Moore later declined to take this test, notifying Chairman Ballman in writing
on September 12th that:
After careful consideration and extended consultations,
I find no just reason for undergoing an inconclusive,
unacceptable and experimental mechanical procedure
as a measure of my integrity.)
.E. Wr. Scates of.Tyler declined to answer on the ground that atmtrful: answer
might incriminate him about his relationship with Judge David C. Moore;.whether
David Moore's testimony was truthful about the drilling of the David Moore-Fisher
Well; the slanting of that well riore than 2,500 feet; hiring of Carter-Jones as
drilling contractor; signing under oath false documents for the Railroad Commission;
the interest of David Moore in the Sexton Lease; kicking the Sexton Well
2,760 feet at an angle of 65 ; filing of false affidavits on the Sexton Lease; receiving
a check payable to him from Robert V. Jobe for operating expenses on the
Fisher Lease; whether he knew Robert V. Jobe; and whether he recommended
Jobe to the Louisiana Bank and Trust Company.
Significantly, the first hearings were concluded with an analysis that the slant
hole operators had penalized the legitimate operators.
Robert M. Lockwood, Research Associate for the Bureau of Business Research
at The University of Texas, testified the effect of the illegal production penalized the
other prorated producers in Texas more than 1 days allowable. He was asked by
The circumstances as you outlined them in your statement,
if they are true, then we could conceivably raise the
allowable in Texas by one day if we could shut off the
illegal operations in the East Texas area: is that correct?
A. Yes, sir.
One Committee member stated:
I thank those of you who are engaged in the oil and gas
industry, some of you have been cooperative with the
Committee, some of you for obvious reasons have not
been, but you should realize that the federal government
moves in where state government fails to fill a vacuum,
and if we allow chaotic..condition inthe.oi. ad.gas.. .ndstry......
in Texas, as sure as you and I sit here today, the alternative
is that the federal government is going to come in. If that
is what you want in the oil and gas industry, continue the
chaotic conditions you have got and you will sure get
federal regulations. We have to clean up our house here
at home if we are going to keep Uncle Sam from coming
in and taking over the oil and gas industry. I don't think
any of you want that; neither do I.
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Texas Legislature. House of Representatives. General Investigating Committee. Official report to the House of Representatives of the 58th Legislature of Texas, book, 1963; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth5869/m1/27/: accessed September 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .