Official report to the House of Representatives of the 58th Legislature of Texas Page: 74 of 94
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October 29, 1962
Final public hearings were held in Dallas on October 29. Vice chairman
Hollowell presided. Earl Sharp had been subponaiaed to appear, but a doctor's
statement was presented in his behalf by Attorney Fred Erisman.
Judge David Moore was subpoenaed and it was reported that he was engaged
in trial of a capital case in Gregg County.
The Committee voted to take under advisement its action with respect to those
witnesses who had been subpoenaed but had not appeared.
The first witness was James R. Lewis:
Counsel: Mr. Chairman, the significance of the testimony of this
and other witnesses this afternoon will be their relationship
to the Federal Petroleum Board and the activities,
knowledge and investigations conducted by that board in
so far as it relates to the subject under inquiry by this
From 1933 until 1953 Mr. Lewis had been with the Federal Petroleum Board
in Kilgore, being elevated to the chairmanship in 1948, where he remained until
November 30, 1953.
Q. In your capacity as chairman of the Federal Petroleum
Board, did you ever have occasion to conduct an investigation
or make an inquiry regarding the drilling of slanted
oil wells for the running of hot oil in East Texas Field?
A. Yes, sir, I did.
Q. What was the nature of the work that you conducted?
A. For the first official action taken by the board arose
probably in the latter part of 1952 and had to do with the
well in the Delhi Field of Louisiana in which the CooperHerring
people were operators and owners or part owners
of the working interest there. Afterwards there were some
further investigations involving particular matters and one
general investigation having to do very generally with the
matter of directional drilling and slant wells. The general
investigation, I would say, must haye begun about possibly
March of 1953.
Q. And your services were terminated apparently immediately
after you commenced this investigation?
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