Official report to the House of Representatives of the 58th Legislature of Texas Page: 87 of 94
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. . In years past our people may have failed in their responsibilities
as citizens. Possibly we have been too
apathetic and overly inclined to wink at transgressions of
the law. This situation, too, is subject to change.
The man on the street--the man who determines ultimately
everything in a democracy--has risen in righteous indignation
against flagrant and arrogant violations of the rules of
There has been a grass-roots rebellion against such persons
as apparently have abandoned all ethical standards.
If society has been wronged, it is now up to the people of the
community to right that wrong:" they declared.
On December 14th the RRC's order for directional survey on a deviated well
oassed its first legal test under the commission's Rule 54 restricting slanted wells
and was upheld in district court.
On December 15th in the first civil case tried in federal court, it was ruled
that two defendants must pay civil damages for taking oil from an adjoining lease.
On December 15th the federal grand jury in Tyler returned a 29-count indictment
on charges of violation of the Connally Act, filing false reports and conspiracy.
On December 15th the second series of indictments was handed down by a
federal court when the federal grand jury in Tyler returned a 29-count indictment
against Daryl Gaumer, E. B. Hearn, Jr., E. B. Hearn, Sr. and Associates Drilling
Co. charging them with the violation of the Connally Hot Oil Act, filing false reports
to the Federal Petroleum Board and conspiracy.
On December 15th a federal court jury decided that B. B. Orr and W. H.
Henderson of Longview must pay for two years worth of oil taken through slanted
wells in the Hawkins Field.
On December 19th Texas abandoned its unique 25-year-old shutdown decision
method of limiting crude oil production to market demand. In its place the RRC
adopted a more flexible technique, using a percentage factor. And it used the new
method for the first time in fixing the January 15th initial allowable,
Earl Sharp was replaced as county judge by a vote of the Gregg County Bar
Association. He was defeated for reelection by Peppy Blount, who announced his
candidacy three days prior to election and won the post as a write-in candidate in
a county where voting machines are used.
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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/m1/87/: accessed August 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .