Official report to the House of Representatives of the 58th Legislature of Texas Page: 57 of 94
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through the Salt Water Company, and then as I mentioned, the
regular mannrer of notice given by the Railroad Commission for
any of the hearings. . .
Pursuant to such notice, the hearing is held in Austin before an
examiner of the commission, and usually with a number of other
people present, including the report service representatives, and
the manner in which the well is proposed to be drilled is given,
the need for the well in that particular locality shown, and the
nature of the producing well in the area is discussed, and pursuant
to such hearing, if the commission sees fit, they do issue a formal
order, giving permission for that particular well at that particular
location to be completed in a specified manner, and used for the return
of salt water to the Woodbine Sand.
Counsel then stated:
Now the witness (Harrington) further testified as follows: "By
strategically placing that well on certain leases, they draw the
oil from the west side of the field over to the east, where the
major companies predominantly have their leases." Is that a
A. That is not a correct statement.
Q. What are the facts?
A. The facts are that the Salt Water Company at this time operates
some sixty-three salt water disposal wells located in general
on the west side of the productive limits of the field. Every
one of those wells, with the exception of one is located in the
abandoned part of the oil field, west of the producing limits of
the field, and in respect to the one well that is the exception, that
one well is located on the lease of the Humble Oil and Refining
Company, offset to the south by the Mobil Oil Company, and to
the east by the Atlantic Refining Company; all three companies
concurred in the location of the well at the particular spot and
agreed with the commission that that's where the injection well
should be placed.
Now you mentioned, asked Mr. Payne if we had had an exclusive
right to inject water, and the answer was "no. " Now the Texas
Company, the Marathon Oil Company, the Amarada, and the
Sinclair have their injection wells right on the leases where they
produce the oil and produce the water that is returned to the
reservoir, right in the middle of their leases, and that is not an
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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/m1/57/: accessed November 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .