Official report to the House of Representatives of the 58th Legislature of Texas Page: 55 of 94
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There is imperative need for immediate action to remedy a
condition, which if it is allowed to continue, cannot but result
in permanent injury to us in our ability to supply the needs of
our armed forces and war industries for petroleum.
I commend this problem to the attention of the Texas RRC. tt
The Company was then formed for the express purpose of
gathering salt water and preventing its flow into streams.
Instead of recovering 2 billion barrels of oil it now appears
the field will ultimately recover 5 billion barrels.
Bryan W. Payne, independent oil operator, was the first president of ETSWDC,
holding that position for 18 years until his retirement in 1960. He testified that the
major companies were able to dispose of their own salt water, but the independent
operators simply did not have the financial or physical facilities to do so. The
corporation was formed with a capital of $25,000. The board of directors consisted
of independents and majors and he was elected president. Each producer in the
field was asked to join in the program by putting up $120.00 for each well owned.
Wells were drilled to dispose of salt water by reinjecting it below a shale break in
the Woodbine Sand which prevents the injected water from intruding into the oil
producing zone. The permit to drill such a well is requested from the RRC. A
hearing is held and if the commission approves, the injection well is drilled. All
of the wells except one are outside the oil limits of the field.
. . there has never been any argument with any of the surrounding
lease owners about being hurt by salt water injection. It is my opinion,
after all these years in working in that company, that nobody has been
hurt one barrel by the injection of the salt water; that they have gained-the
field has gained millions of barrels because of holding, maintaining
the pressure, and getting rid of this pollution that was killing us over
there in the streams and underground streams of East Texas.
Not a single complaint has been received by them in over 20 years of the salt water
injection program. No law suits were ever filed.
Q. The allegation has been made that this company is pushing
the oil from under the leases on the western edge of the
field, and sweeping it toward the east, is that correct?
A. It is not correct. It is a physical impossibility to do any
pushing of the oil, or anything else. Anybody that knows
what the Woodbine Sand is, it is a heavy sand, and lots of
them would call it rock. For the uninitiated, it is a rocktype
sand, and you can't push anything through 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/m1/55/: accessed December 14, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .