Official report to the House of Representatives of the 58th Legislature of Texas Page: 34 of 94
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He owned the L. R. Jacobs Lease before it was sold to Nortex by W. O.
Davis. Although he paid only $6,000 for the lease, he sold the lease to W. O.
Davis for $15,000, plus a 1/16 overriding royalty interest, which override he
sold for $50,000 six months later.
Some of his kicked wells were mysteriously plugged without his knowledge.
He was asked by Chairman Ballman:
Q. Aren't you curious as to who plugged those wells?
A. Now, I would rather not: know, to be honest.
Q. Why, do you feel that you have something to gain by the wells
A. No, sir.
Q. Wells, do you have anything to lose by them being plugged?
A. Yes, sir, I lose the production from the four wells.
Q. But you are not interested enough in that to go out and find out
exactly who plugged the wells?
A. I haven't.
Q. You have a lawsuit against somebody, don't you, IMr. Harrington,
if they plugged your wells without you knowing it?
A. It is possible, yes, pir.
Q. And you are also testifying before this Committee that all these
deviated wells, that you have no knowledge of how they vere
deviated, or who told the drillers to deviate the wells, or
anything; is that right?
A. That is right.
Harrington testified that he was defendant in lawsuits by thb attprney general
Texaco and Humble totaling approximately fifteen mill'on dollars. He denied ever
having discussed the merits of these cases with his partners.
He was asked by Representative itale about the plugging of his wells, and his
A. And actually, I think his date of plugging is off, I dn't think
they were plugged at the time he (attorney general) alleged,
but if he is right, I was ii Bill Mur!ay's office at the time
they were plugged.
Q. Well, were you in Bill Murray's office inr connection with
A. No, sir.
Q. Or that lease?
A. No sir, I wa< thf e i a re h e t 9lpify tYG tq sk
him why he didn't do somlethinl 4bpoit Fleam yp h e itua,to,n
in East Texas, is what I went 4don tp e ,a0* oBt.
Q. Do you consider you were 'there in the capacity a,an operator?
A. No, as --
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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/m1/34/: accessed November 19, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .