Official report to the House of Representatives of the 58th Legislature of Texas Page: 62 of 94
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Mr. Payne: One other thing you all passed over--in 1942 we had
fifteen days production in East Texas. We have eight days,
and we have had for the last number of years. That lack
of producing the oil has been a great cause in that pressure
increase, too, We haven't put it to you yet. I was going to
take that a little later. That is a cause of a good deal of
this pressure increase, because we are not producing as
much oil per day as we were.
Mr. Ballman: The deviated wells being shut down may have some
A. Any reduction in the rate of withdrawal will have an
effect on the bottom hole pressure.
Mr. Ballman: A hundred and fifty-four wells, I understand, or
more than that, have been shut down--that would have a
A. As I remember it, there were some 7700 barrels of oil
a day, and we calculated that on the leases that were shut
down, we lost 21,000 barrels of water, so add that 21,000
barrels of water, and the 7,000 barrels of oil, and that is
the difference in the withdrawal.
Mr. Ballman: So the crooked-hole boys are making a contribution to
conservation that way?
A. Yes, sir.
Q. The question was asked of Mr. Harrington: "As a matter
of fact, most of the independent operators in East Texas
favor the salt water injection program?" Answer: "The
salt water injection program has done a great deal,
probably, to create this directional situation we now have,
because by putting your water on your west side, you
have recreated increased pressure on the east side. It
has been like dangling an apple out in front of a whole
lot of operators that without that salt water injection
you never would have had." Is that statement correct?
A. Well, it is subject to interpretation, let's say. Unquestionably,
the salt water disposal program in the East Texas field has
caused the pressure to be maintained. It has caused the
wells on the east side of the field to continue to flow that
otherwise Wvould have probably pumped. The program has
also resulted in the recovery of many millions of additional
barrels of oil that would have otherwise not been produced,
Here’s what’s next.
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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/m1/62/: accessed May 22, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .