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Q. What happened?
A. On the Oil Unit 44, we had a lease and went in and drilled
a regular location on it, and we crossed the major fault
in the Hawkins Field. Then it looked like we had one corner
of the lease that was productive, so we got permission from
the Railroad Commission to deviate it to a circle, that has a
25 foot radius and 150 feet out of the southwest corner of the
tract, which we did, and recompleted it there, and furnished
the Railroad Commission a directional survey-on it, and all
the records that they required. It has never produced, but
is a gas well that has been shut in. This is another well that
the commission ran yesterday, and a comparison of the Eastman
Survey with the commission survey that we have is as
follows: 2502 feet, the Railroad Commission survey was 7 .
The Eastman survey was 7 . At 3184 feet, the Railroad
Commission survey was 11 degrees, the Eastman survey
was 12 . At 3742 feet, the Railroad Commission survey
was 17 and the Eastman survey was 17-3/4 , and at 4548
feet, Eastman showed 7-1/2 and the Railroad Commission
likewise showed 7-1/2 . So the well, according to the Commission,
after they ran their survey on it, confirmed the Eastman
survey that we had filed with the Railroad Commission.
Q. There was testimony at one of the Dallas hearings by a driller
for the Gibson Drilling Company who testified that he has worked
on an East Texas well for Humble that had been deviated. Are
you familiar with that particular well?
A. I believe the driller was working for Gibson Drilling Company,
according to the paper, and we had drilled two directional wells
on our S. S. Laird B. Lease. One was drilled on a turn key basis
with Mr. Gibson, because it would have been located close to the
corner of his beautiful home there in Kilgore, and it was directionally
deviated on a permit from the Railroad Commission. That
was the S. S. Laird B 102, and it was completed in accordance
with the permit with the commission. Another well Gibson
drilled for us was 106, and on 106 it was directionally deviated
to get over into an area where the houses on the Laird B. Lease
were such that we couldn't drill in there unless we got a permit
from all of the people that lived in the vicinity of it. It was
directionally deviated over into a target area some 585 feet east
of the surface location, and on that location. There was filed all
the papers according to Railroad Commission regulations.
Q. Did you say they are being drilled pursuant to a Railroad Commission
A. They are being drilled under Railroad Commission permits.
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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/m1/67/: accessed November 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .