Official report to the House of Representatives of the 58th Legislature of Texas Page: 68 of 94
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Mr. Ballman: Do you have a permit on each one of them?
A. Each one of them.
Mr. Hale: Does Humble have any wells that are bottomed outside of
A. Not to m knowledge, I don't know of them.
Mr. Hale: You don't know of any? On every one of the deviated wells
you have drilled, have you run directional surveys on them?
A. Yes, sir.
Mr. Hale: And you filed those surveys with the commission?
A. Yes, sir.
Mr. Hale: And you complied with all the other commission regulations
on all of your deviated wells drilled?
Mr. Hale: This testimony was on September 11 and this witness testified
that Humble has changed 45 wells from marginal to proratable
since January 1, 1962.
A. My records only reflect 33 that were changed.
Mr. Hale: Would every well that was changed be reflected in the
Railroad Commission records?
A. Yes, sir.
Hunt Oil Company witness, Paul Scott, stated that Hunt operates 152 wells in
the field, 43 marginal (21 of which are on one west side lease). Average marginal
well production is 8-10 barrels per day. No wells changed from marginal to proratable
in 1962. No wells plugged in 1962--all wells plugged were pursuant to
notice to RRC. They have never drilled any deviated wells without permit.
Mobil Oil Company witness, E. L. Downing, stated that they operate 955 wells,
139 of which are marginal. Average marginal production being less than 10 barrels
per day. Two wells changed from marginal to proratable in 1962 because they were
plugged back to complete in higher zone. That approximates their previous fiveyear
history. Two or three wells went from proratable to marginal which is normal
for their production. No wells plugged in 1962. No wells capable of commercial
production have ever been plugged. Notice of intent was filed in every instance
Marathon Oil Company witness, Lester Brown, stated that they operate 388
wells, 82 of which are marginal with average production of 7 barrels per day. No
wells changed from marginal to proratable or from proratable to marginal, in 1962
which is comparable to their previous five-year record. One well plugged in 1962
due to water encroachment. They have never drilled or operated any deviated wells
without RRC authority. None of their wells labeled as marginal are capable of producing
20 barrels per day.
Pan American Oil Company witness, J. C. Farris, stated that they operate
1469 wells, 143 of which are marginal with average daily production of 10 barrels.
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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/m1/68/: accessed July 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .