Official report to the House of Representatives of the 58th Legislature of Texas Page: 37 of 94
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Q. Did you discuss with either of these gentlemen (Harrington's
partners) the apprehension of the culprits who plugged your
A. No, sir.
Q. You did not?
A. No, sir.
A. I just didn't.
Q. Did they discuss it with you?
A. No, sir.
Q. I wonder why?
A. That I wouldn't know.
Q. You mean 13 years time seven wells equals no knowledge on
your part of any deviation of any of the wells that you operated?
The witness answered that that was right.
The only slanted well about which he had any knowledge was not one of the
seven which he owned and operated but was one he claimed to be slanted, drilled
by a major company, which he identified as the Humble-Roy Laird Well on Lot 9
in Block 121 of the Hawkins Townsite. (Later evidence showed that an inclination
survey was run by the Railroad Commission on this well after Harrington testified
about it. This survey showed a maximum inclination of 2 1/2 degrees near the
bottom of the well, with all other readings being 1 degree or less. )
The witness then attacked the salt water disposal program which has been
operating in East Texas since 1942.
I think the most injustice that has ever been done in the East Texas
field is the salt water injection program of the East Texas Salt
Water Disposal Company.
(This statement and other sworn testimony of Harrington about salt water was
dissected by Mr. Bryan Payne and Mr. W. S. Morris in a subsequent hearing at
After expressing concern over the operators whose leases on the west side
had gone to water, he admitted that curve-outs and transferred allowables nevertheless
allow the operators to realize full economic value for all the oil under
their lease without even producing it:
Q.. We have received testimony that when a man's lease is about
to go to water, the Railroad Commission runs a test, and
estimates the total barrels recoverable by him. They give
him a transferred allowable and permit him to sell that
allowable. He gets $2. 50 or $2. 60 a barrel for it.
A. That is correct.
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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/m1/37/: accessed April 21, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .