Official report to the House of Representatives of the 58th Legislature of Texas Page: 85 of 94
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The first indictments to be returned by a state court came on October 4, 1962
when the Upshur County Grand Jury indicted L. D. Murphy and Robert W. Matthews,
former commission employees, and E. W. Scates of Longview for bribery. J. W.
Tyner, W. E. Mitchell, H. J. Bissell, F. C. Deutsch, W, A. Hewell and Arthur
Vaughn were indicted for conspiracy to steal. Pete Davis and G. S. Starr were
indicted for theft.
On October 23, 1962 the Gregg County Grand Jury returned 71 indictments
against L. D. Murphy, Robert W. Matthews and Nelson Decker, former commission
employees, and against E. W. Scates, Charles Lutes, J. W. Tyner, G. U.
Yoachum, A. E. McCubbin, George Jordan, J. K. Maxwell, W. T. Maxwell and
Harry Jones. This grand jury report concluded with a commendation for all those
who had a part in exposing the slant well conspiracy.
The RRC proposed a rule providing that if any well exceeded a five degree
deviation, the operator would have to run directional surveys and plot the bottom
On October 8th Texas doubled its basic well spacing pattern to 40 acres. Drilling
of wells nearer than 467 feet from a lease line was prohibited. This was the
first change in the basic statewide spacing pattern in 20 years. As Commissioner
Murray pointed out, it is an important step toward avoiding in the future the drilling
of thousands of unnecessary wells. The dense drilling of old fields has helped
to create situations attractive for slant hole operators,
On October 15th the RRC appointed a 23-man industry committee to make a
top to bottom study of Texas' conservation rules and practices.
On October 18th the Texas Supreme Court in the first decision of its kind
supported the RRC's authority to use water injection system to increase recovery.
On October 18th the RRC, by administrative action, stimulated wider spacing
in an announcement by Commissioner Murray that the commission would soon revise
its yardstick allowable so as to give greater incentive for wider spacing in order to
cut economic waste due to unnecessary wells.
On October 25th the investigation moved to the Danville Field in Gregg County.
On November llth the Wood County Grand Jury returned 36 indictments against
Gregg County Judge Earl Sharp, Harry M. Harrington, J. W. Tyner, Leon Gibson,
Ralph Massad, Reid Allgood, Charles W. Lutes, J. W. Baton, Douglas Godfrey,
L. L. Murphy, J. K. Maxwell, W, T. Maxwell, H. C. Jones and J. G. Walker, Jr.
On November 11th the Rusk County Grand Jury returned 20 additional indictments
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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/m1/85/: accessed April 25, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .