Official report to the House of Representatives of the 58th Legislature of Texas Page: 70 of 94
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That concluded the testimony of the major producers.
Dan Purvis, former chairman of the Federal Petroleum Board at Kilgore, had
been subpoenaed. Appearing instead of him was Richard Alleman of the Interior Department.
Following his sudden departure from the Federal Petroleum Board,
Purvis had been assigned to civil defense work in Thomasville, Georgia. Mr.
Alleman pointed out:
. . . Mr. Purvis was made available for an interview with the
attorney general in his office.
Mr. Witts: Where did this take place?
A. In the attorney general's office.
Mr. Witts: Did you accompany Mr. Purvis?
A. Yes, I did.
Mr. Witts: Was Mr. Purvis under subpoena?
A. No, sir, I don't believe he was.
The nearest that Mr. Purvis ever got to the hearings was a letter to the editor of the
Dallas Times Herald on September 18th, stating:
After reading your recent article "No Law Forbids Slanted Drilling,"
I feel constrained to ask how fanciful a newswriter may become.
Can you visualize an innocent burrowing from an adjacent lot to
tap a bank vault? Probably venerated poaching rules may now be
revised into those of a sport in which deer may be scientifically
captured beneath others' pastures when they fall into concealed
pits interconnected to subterranean passageways devised by
The next witness was Ben Ramsey, railroad commissioner since 1961.
Q. Mr. Ramsey, the Committee of course is aware your tenure
in office is somewhat short-lived in relationship to the scope
of time involved in this investigation. They would appreciate
the benefit of any advice that you might have that has come to
your attention, or any recommendations that you might wish
the Committee would transmit to the legislature.
A. Well, I don't have any advice to give to the Committee, but I,
as a commissioner, appreciate the work you all have done,
and also, the valuable assistance that we have received from
the attorney general's office and the Department of Public
They have done what I think very fine and efficient work, and
we are grateful for having them to be with us to assist us in
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