Official report to the House of Representatives of the 58th Legislature of Texas Page: 49 of 94
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Q. Now, Mr. Ho'lbs, this Committee's information is that
over 700,000 barrels of oil were taken out of that well.
If that "Merry Christmas" meant what it said it did,
700,000 barrels of oil at $3. 00 a barrel would be one
of the greatest Christmas presents of all time, would
He declined to answer.
The next witness was Edwin Stanley of Kilgore, formerly district engineer
of the Railroad Commission at Kilgore, and L. D. Murphy's predecessor in office.
He declined to answer whether he knew L. D. Murphy; whether he operated the
T. Wells Lease in Rusk County on which 7 wells were plugged in violation of the
Railroad Commission order; whether his associates were H. L. Long, Billy
Bridewell and Raymond Hedge; and whether he had beennamed defendant in a law
suit filed by the State of Texas seeking judgment for $3,000,000 from him and his
associates involving that lease.
The next company of which inquiry was made was Schlumberger. Company
with headquarters in Houston. The first witness was William Joseph
an engineer for Schlumberger from Tyler. He identified his signature to a survey
on the Mark Oil Company--M. C. Elliott #3 Well. His survey showed the inclination
to be 1-3/4 and a depth of 3,500 feet. This well was drilled by Jordan Drilling
Company who paid his bill. Although the well was listed as a new well, the
invoices which he had sent in stated this was a work-over job. He admitted this
to be a mistake. He was then shown an Eastman survey recently performed on
the Mark Oil Company Elliott #3 indicating a deviation of 530 and a total depth of
5,071 feet. He was asked:
Q. How do you account for the fact that this survey shows a
60 drift and you found a 1-3/4 drift?
A. I don't know. All that I can say is that when we surveyed
the hole, that is what it was then.
Q. Do you know of any other such instance in which these
A. I heard of some more--not--no naming names.
Q. Where else have you heard of that type of discrepancy?
A. Well, common knowledge. I mean like I say, I heard no
Hamby's only explanation was:
All I can say is that the hole I was on, that was the depth at
the time I was there. Now what was done after I left or if I-the
information was not correct, I have no way of knowing.
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