Mineral Ownership Depth


I spoke to Pioneer about 3 newly permitted wells in Upton Co on Blk D, Sec 30-31. I’m currently receiving royalties from wells drilled into the Spraberry. These new wells are to be drilled into the Wolfcamp. The gentleman from Pioneer explained that they are reviewing leases as there is the possibility that my minerals only go as deep as the Spraberry and that there may be another owner of the minerals below that. He went on to explain that that reapportioning would have occurred way back when the area was just being development. Is this yet another quirk in Texas mineral rights? I haven’t heard of this possibility, but if you can separate surface rights from subsurface rights who knows…Can anyone shed light on this?


He’s probably trying to confirm that the lease they have from you covers the deep rights.