Official report to the House of Representatives of the 58th Legislature of Texas Page: 38 of 94
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Q. So actually he is not economically penalized at all.
A. Not on the curve-out, no sir,
Q. The curve-out enables him to get the economic value of all
the oil without the production worries.
A. That is correct.
A. B. Martin of Troup was a driller for Gibson Drilling Company. Although
he worked for them for 10 years, he didn't recall drilling any kicked wells on the
Jacobs Lease or for Ebro Oil Company, or in any other locations. It seemed that
the only directional well he could remember was the Humble-Laird B-108, which
he said was a deviated well, but didn't know whether it was drilled pursuant to a
(That well was explained the same day by Roy Payne of the RRC as follows:
Mr. Payne: It is a well, they did have a permit to deviate it.
Mr. Hale: Have they followed the permit?
Mr. Payne: Yes, sir.
Mr. Hale: Does your permit specify the degree of deviation?
Mr. Payne: Yes, sir.
Mr. Hale: Has it been checked to see that they stayed within
Mr. Payne: The Railroad personnel have run inclination surveys
on the well and they have filed the third party surveying
company, directional surveying company has filed their
report by registered mail with the office in Aistin. )
J. D. Laird of Kilgore declined to testify for the reason that a truthful answer
might incriminate him about the Ephraim Lease which he acquired in 1959 with one
well on it. By December, 1961 the lease had 10 wells on it and had gone from zero
production to 6000 barrels per month. A survey on the No. 3 Well showed it had
been kicked 2000 feet at an angle of 48 ,
Pete Davis of Gladewater declined to answer questions on the ground that his
truthful answer would incriminate him whether he drilled a kicked well on the Webb
Lease; about his relationship with Judge David Moore and whether David Moore had
an interest in the Webb Lease.
W. E. Mitchell of Gladewater refused to answer questions Qn the ground that
his truthful answer would tend to incriminate him about operating the Free Lease
when in July, 1960 Well No. 1-A was kicked by Carter-Jones and production rose
to 1700 barrels per month; about the relationship of Judge David Moore to the Free
Lease; or about the Landers Well wnhch wa' kickeda y <Crte Pones in 1960 and
tripled the lease production.
Lo W. Powell of Dallas declined to answer questions because his truthful
answer would incriminate him as to the Castleberry \Well which had been kicked
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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/m1/38/: accessed February 20, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .