Official report to the House of Representatives of the 58th Legislature of Texas Page: 59 of 94
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That is, water movement, this hydraulic pressure, is what
gives East Texas its significance as a water drive field. It
is a water drive field. Mexia, Powell, Van, Hawkins, all
of the fields in the East Texas basin benefit by this waterdrive
as we are talking about, and in a water drive field you
get a higher percentage of recovery than you get in a gas
drive field, because a water drive is a more efficient method
of extraction of the oil.
Q. The question was asked of this witness (Harrington), "Well,
now let's assume that we have a man that has a well on the
west side, and right on this side of him or west of him some
of the salt water wells are placed. Are you testifying they
can push his oil right out of his land?" Answer by the witness:
"Yes, sir. " Question: "With the use of this salt water being--"
Answer: "Yes, sir, for instance, David Moore--I believe that's
Judge David Moore who has been previously identified and
testified--for instance David Moore's people's land, there
has been over a million dollars moved out from under the Moore
property, that is down through the middle of the field by putting
the salt water injection and moving this oil out from under
David Moore and his people's property that you have been asking
about, he has lost millions of dollars by having this oil moved
out from under him by this salt water injection." Is that a
A. I think not for several reasons.
Mr. Hale then asked:
Q. So, if you inject water on the west side, it is going to follow
the line of least resistance, and that would be toward the east,
because you are relieving pressure on the east, is that right?
A. Yes, sir.
Q. Now as the pressure moves east, doesn't it also force the oil
A. No, sir.
Q. I take it, then, you disagree with this witness, whoever he
was, who testified they lost a million dollars worth of oil?
A. Very definitely, for more than one reason. If there had been
any loss, why hasn't somebody said something about it? The
courts are open, the highways are open, my office is open,
Mr. Payne's office is open, the Railroad Commission is open,
and we have heard nothing about the complaint of that kind until
we read it in the newspapers.
Q. Your answer then is, primarily the purpose of the salt water
injection wells is to prevent contamination of the surface land,
is that correct?
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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/m1/59/: accessed May 30, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .