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Phillips Gaines, an engineer for Schlumberger since 1936, was the next witness
He identified as his counsel J. W. Tyner of Tyler, Gaines was shown the
Schlumberger log for the Mark Oil Conrpany Culver #3 Well which was run February
13, 1961. His log showed the maximum inclination to be 2 and a bottom hole displacement
of 42 feet. He was then shown an Eastman survey on the same well,
dated July, 1962, indicating an inclination of 53 and closure of 2,067 feet. He
could give no explanation for the discrepancy.
The next witness for Schlumberger was David Cowart who was accompanied
by Mr. Prichard, counsel for Schlumberger: Prichard identified Cowart as one
of their top experts, assistant to the vice president in charge of operations, a
graduate electrical engineer and employed by Schlumberger for 16 years. Stating
he was familiar with directional surveys, he gave a detailed, technical explanation
of the processes and analyzed the six well logs of Schlumberger which had thus far
been questioned. He was firmly of the opinion that the six directional surveys
accurately represented the condition of these holes at the time these surveys were
He was then asked by Counsel:
Q. Is it possible to turn the counter back before you run it into
the wells so that it would read at any depth you wanted?
A. It is possible to do this. It is very unusual and it is a time
consuming job. It would require a matter of an hour or two
to do something like that.
Q. It is possible to pre-determine the depth and it is possible
to pre-determine the directional survey, isn't it?
A. It is possible. It is not probable. It would require, I think
it would require more than one person's skill.
Q. Most conspiracies require more than one person? It is
possible to pre-determine the depth and pre-determine
the direction, assuming a conspiracy?
A. It is possible.
That concluded the portion of the testimony relating to oil well servicing
The next area of inquiry involved the Federal Petrolerum Board. The chairman
of this board is Perry Blanton. As he prepared to testify, Richard Alleman
Special assistant to the solicitor of the Department of the Interior, stated that he
was to accompany the four witnesses subpoenaed from the Federal Petroleum
Board and he would instruct the witnesses to answer questions calling for information
which falls outside the scope of federal business and to decline to answer
questions involved in the performance of their work. He stated.
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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/m1/50/: accessed November 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .