File No. 812.6363/282

The Acting Secretary of State to Ambassador Fletcher


267. Following telegram dated June 13 has been received from Anerican Consul, Tampico.

We understand Mexican Government officials will not grant oil company permits to drill wells on leases taken since February 5, date new Constitution was promulgated. Acting upon official announcement that new Constitution would be effective May 1 and not before, many American oil companies acquired numerous leases between February 5 and May 1. McHenry.