Official report to the House of Representatives of the 58th Legislature of Texas Page: 52 of 94
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Allgood of Longview declined to answer on the grounds of self
tion whether he had formerly been an employee of Eastman Directional Drilling
Company; whether he knew Nelson Decker; the nature of his business relationship
with Harry Harrington; whether he had junked any wells; and whether he had been
named defendant in approximately $15 million dollars in law suits.
The next witness was J. A. Watson of Kilgore. For many years he has
operated an oil field reporting service at Kilgore. The reason for his appearance
was that most of the reports filed with the RRC on slanted wells had been signed by
him. He was asked by Counsel:
Q. Mr. Watson, you have been at these hearings and I know you
must be aware of the fact that almost without exception all of
the reports of the various slant wells have been prepared by
you. Do you have an explanation for that?
A. I have a good business.
Q. Yes, sir, that is easily recognizable. The question was, do
you have any explanation for the fact that most of the reports
of the slant well operators are prepared by you?
A. No, except that on the reports I make, I sign most of them as
Q. Some of the companies for whom you prepare reports are
sizable companies with many producing leases and many wells.
They could certainly afford their own office staff. Why do you
think they find it necessary to employ your services?
A. Well, most of them have accountants who are not familiar
with the oil field reports. Even though most of them are
routine and I don't know--they just figure it is simpler to
have me to do it I guess.
Q. Did you ever see fit to make an inquiry of the operators for
whom you were acting as agent as to the legitimacy of the
records they are furnishing you?
A. No, sir. As long as he furnishes me the information, he
is responsible for it, not I.
He admitted preparing the RRC forms and signing them under oath as having
actual knowledge of the facts contained therein but he did not in truth have knowledge
of these facts, and therefore what he was doing was making false statements under
oath. His only justification for that was that it was based on information given him
by somebody else and he signed it merely as agent, plus the fact it complied with
the printed forms presently used by RRC.
The final witness to testify in the Houston hearings was Mr. Frank Briscoe
district attorney for Harris County. He testified that information concerning a
kicked well in the Friendswood or Webster Field in Harris County was brought to
his attention and he was preparing to submit the matter to the Harris County Grand
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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/m1/52/: accessed February 18, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .