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1500 feet at an angle of 3.90; or the Fisher Well which had been kicked 1100 feet
at an angle of 30 ; or his interest in the Bergen, McKinley and R. J. Smith
N. E. Powell of Longview declined to answer questions for the reason that
his truthful answer could incriminate him whether he had formerly lived in Dallas;
about the Pinkston Well No. 2 drilled to a depth of 5700 feet and kicked at an angle
of 57 by Carter-Jones Drilling Company.
H. F. Richardson of Gladewater declined to answer for the reason that his
truthful answer could incriminate him about the Belle Ector Well which was kicked
3384 feet, or the Holland Lease which was kicked in December, 1959, or the
Richardson No. 2 Nicholson Lease ownership by the wife of Perry Blanton; and
he refused to discuss any relationship with Perry Blanton.
Owen Thomas of Kilgore declined to testify for the reason that his truthful
answer could incriminate him about the Bonner Lease which had a well kicked at
an angle of 600; or the Frederick Lease where production went from 2 barrels per
day to over 1000 barrels per month after drilling a well with an inclination of 51 ;
or the Kennedy Lease where production rose from 73 to 1000 barrels a month
following the drilling of a kicked well.
Pleas Dawson of Overton testified he signed a $3000 note for L. Do Murphy
at a bank for what he described as "an accommodation to Mr. Murphy. " He worked
for an oil company in 1952 and quit just before he got fired. At the time he quit
he was making $475. 00 per month. But now he owned some 300 wells in the State
of Texas, 105 of them in the East Texas field. He said that he had been molested
considerably by the Federal Petroleum Board, and when pressed as to why he
seemed to be the subject of such molestation, he replied:
A. And as I said before, I am supposed to be talented enough to
unlock box car seals, which is also pipeline seals.
Q. Oh, pipeline seals?
A. Used for the same, only stamped with different brands and
names and numbers.
Q. How do you go about unlocking a pipeline seal?
A. You break it.
A. We use--with your thumb, or your knife, or a pair of cutters,
but the only way that I have ever learned is to break it, or
Q. Yes, sir.
A. It is made out of tin, or some other facsimile.
Q. Now, what is the purpose for breaking a pipeline seal?
A. To turn the tank of oil on the gauge if you are a pipeline gauger.
Q. You say that the method of breaking these is just to cut it?
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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/m1/39/: accessed August 21, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .