Official report to the House of Representatives of the 58th Legislature of Texas Page: 83 of 94
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The B-1 Well was surveyed twice by the Germanys. An Eastman survey and
a Sperry-Sun survey both run inside the casing show different closures. The SperrySun
survey; shows the well to be bottomed some 200 feet inside their own lease.
The Germanys are in discussion with their offset lease owners, Texaco and
Mobil, to determine if either party's leases have been trespassed, and the Germanys
have made disclosure to these companies and to the Railroad Commission, It is
the Germany's contention that the wells are definitely bottomed under their own
leases, that they have not trespassed any offset leases and have not produced oil
from anyone else's leases.
Following their testimony, Counsel stated:
Well, I might say this, that not only have all of them
appeared voluntarily here before this Committee, but on
previous occasions--they have volunteered to furnish all
the information they have on these leases and on all matters
within their knowledge affecting the inquiry. This is not an
example of some operator who came along in 1960, and 1961
and 1962 and got a one acre lease beyond the known productive
limits of a field and then kicked a well several thousand feet
across other leases. This is a situation of a large lease of
several hundred acres most of which was drilled in 1942 and
1946 prior to Statewide Rule 54. And on every well in question
they have voluntarily and at their own expense obtained additional
surveys which have shown their wells to either be straight or
in any event bottomed under their own lease. That is important
and significant and I think it should be brought to the attention
of this Committee and recorded in its proper perspective.
The session was concluded with a statement of Acting Chairman Hollowell:
The Committee has completed all of the public hearings and
heard all of the public testimony it desires to hear on this
matter. We are going to have some determination to make
with regard to whether or not additional statutory recommendations
or changes are made to the next legislature. The Committee
has made nine recommendations. We are considering
some others. We also have the problem of some absent witnesses
and what statutory process, if any, and what procedures
it might desire to take regarding these witnesses; therefore, as
Acting Chairman of the Committee therefore I now call a meeting
of the House Committee on the 3rd day of November in the City
of Austin, Texas for the purpose of taking up and considering the
aforementioned subject in executive session.
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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/m1/83/: accessed January 23, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .