To start, I own a small interest in a well, Kermit 1-32H in the spacing T150 R96 sections 32-29 which started producing in May of 2008. The spacing was 2 section.
10-3-2008 the Kirkland 1-33H started producing in the spacing t150 R96 sections 33-28 which was also spaced 2 section.
A couple years later the NDIC granted a petition to create a 2560 acre spacing combining these two 2 section spacings. I have just received a division order for the Kirkland 1-33H about 8 years late. Problem #1 is I don't believe I own in the Kirkland because the 2560 spacing was created years after the Kirkland started producing and it still shows to be spaced 2 section...as does my Kermit well.
Problem #2 is that the division order effective date is October 1st of 2013. God only knows how they picked that date. I'm reasonably certain that the operator couldn't tell me.
Problem #3, and don't get me wrong, it's not a bad problem to have, between 2012 and 2016, 8 more O&G wells have been drilled in sections 28-33 T150 R96 in the 2560 spacing that I have NOT received division orders for. When I look them up, all of the wells drilled after the Kirkland 1-33H have been drilled on 4 section spacing. Where are any of the division orders for these wells? I think I should have at least received division orders for the wells drilled in 2012, if they are going to send any division orders at all.
I have been monitoring the situation and letting it lay because I have a suit that needs to be completed. This is not the first time I have disagreed with this operator over my ownership in yet another spacing but in that case it was a complicated matter whereas this one is definitely not. Never take it on faith that your operator is getting it right unless the interest is vanishingly small.