Navy Oil Lands
New York Times, March 30.—Now that all but one of the trials at law due to the naval oil leases have ended, the question arises: What is the present status of the oil reserves of the United States Navy? There have been repeated reports of the draining away of the government oil deposits by adjoining private operators.
These reports mainly involved the Elk Hills, where certain government leases are still in effect. This is the reserve that figured in the case of Edward L. Doheny, who was acquitted of a charge of bribing former Secretary Fall to get lease rights. Lately Harry F. Sinclair, acquitted of conspiracy with Fall in the Teapot Dome lease, asserted that, due to drainage by neighboring Salt Creek private wells, “there is very little recoverable oil left in Teapot Dome.”
On the other hand, Admiral H. H. Rousseau reports that the vast oil reserves of the United States Navy are everywhere intact. Admiral Rousseau is chief of the naval oil office.