Official report to the House of Representatives of the 58th Legislature of Texas Page: 66 of 94
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Q. There has been previous testimony before this Committee
about a well operated or drilled by your company in the
Hawkins Field alleged to have obstructed a well drilled
by Roy H. Laird. Do you remember that incident?
A. Yes, sir.
Q. Describe what happened, please.
A. We were drilling our C. E. Russell Number 1 in 1946 on
a townsite lot in the Hawkins Field and when we were drilling
at 3698 feet, Roy H. Laird's well on the adjoining lot
mudded up and died, and at that time we got with Roy H.
Laird and notified the Railroad Commission of the problem,
and agreed with Roy H. Laird that we would try to mechanically
correct the problem that he had in his well, which we did,
and we plugged back in Russell, and later abandoned it, and
drilling to that depth, we ran some deviation tests on the well,
and our deviation hadn't been over one degree at that time
with readings being 3/4 of 600 feet, zero degrees at 800 feet,
1/2 at 1500 feet, 1/2 at 2225 feet, and 1 at 2990 feet.
Q. Did you use a whipstock or any other device?
A. No whipstock or anything used on the Russell No. 1 and the
company, as you can see by those readings, was endeavoring
to drill as straight a hole as possible.
Q. How big was the lease on which you were drilling your
A. It was a 30 foot lot, and this well was centered fifteen
feet from each side, and I believe some 35 or 6 feet
from the north line of the lot. The Laird Well was on
a lot adjacent to it. There were three of those wells in
a thirty foot area there.
Q. What did you do, if anything, to compensate Mr. Laird for
what may have happened as a result of your operations?
A. Well, we agreed to redrill the well, and agreed to compensate
him for production loss while the well was off production.
After four attempts to redrill the well, we finally got the
well drilled to the total depth, and recompleted it as an oil
well. After we recompleted it as an oil well, Mr. Laird
was not satisfied with it, so we permitted Mr. Laird to
select a Humble well he wanted in the townsite, and Humble
assigned him our Smith Lease, which is about 350 feet west
of this particular tract, and he assigned us this Laird Well.
Q. This Committee has received a specific piece of information
stating that there is a slanted well belonging to the Humble
Oil Unit 44, adjacent to the Snow Lease near Hawkins, Texas.
The letter came from Overton and signed by Thornhill Grocery
and Feed Company. Are you familiar with that well?
A. Yes, sir, I am familiar with Oil Unit 44.
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