Official report to the House of Representatives of the 58th Legislature of Texas Page: 63 of 94
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and if an operator sees an east-side property increased
in value as a reason of the results of the project, and that
increase in value of east-side properties becomes a temptation
to him over and beyond what he is able to resist, why
that's another matter. It has nothing to do, as I see it, with
the merits of the salt water disposal project.
Q. Question to Mr. Harrington: "Well, what effect would it have
in injecting salt water east of a producing well?" Answer by
witness: "Well, it would cut out the producing wells around
it. If they go into an area, it will cut out all production of
oil from the surrounding area. " Is that correct?
A. That is not correct..
Q. And then this question was asked: "Anywhere you inject salt
water, you are going to penalize somebody?" Answer: "You
are going to penalize in the immediate area of that salt water
injection well, yes, sir." Is that answer correct?
A. That answer is not correct.
Mr. Pieratt: Mr. Morris, is this salt water injection being done anywhere
else in the world?
A. Yes, sir. The reason East Texas enjoys such a publicity,
it is the largest project of its kind in the world. They are
injecting water in Hawkins, in Van, and in Scurry County in
West Texas, and Magnolia, Arkansas and Conroe, and many
Mr. Murray: I would like to ask Mr. Morris one question, and before
I ask it I want to predicate my remarks by saying I am
impressed with the testimony you have given us, and I
have no teason to believe it is not correct, but we have
had some testimony before us during our several weeks
of hearings that are questionable, so I look for some
proof on all these things. You say that these salt injection,
wells are supposed to drill below this shale break?
A. Yes, sir.
Mr. Murray: What proof or evidence do we have that it is?
A. I am sorry, sir, that I failed to give you that detail. An
electric log is run, and that electric log is submitted to
the district engineer at Kilgore before the casing is ever
set, and he not only says it is given in writing, and we have
those letters in our files in every case, and that is the precaution
that the well is completed as required by the commission.
Mr. Hollowell: We had some testimony at one of our other hearings to the
effect that--I gathered from what was said that the salt water
company is just a tool of the major companies. You as an
independent are telling us that this is not true?
A. That is definitely not true. They don't use it in any way, shape
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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/m1/63/: accessed February 20, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .