Checked my mail the other day and there was a request from a leasing specialist in Texas to ratify the transfer of lease holdings from Company A to Company B in regards to a “Designation of Pooled Unit” and what was described as my non-participating royalty interest that you own in Section…". It also contained a blank Form W-9 to be completed and returned, inferring future income.
I live in another state and to my knowledge have never owned land in TX, nor did my parents or relatives. However, years ago, I was involved in an O&G Exploration partnership that fizzled - or so I thought. It was so long ago that my recollection is vague and have no idea how to even contact the partners, but it is possible that this is a vestige of that partnership from years back. I did check with the Secretary of State yesterday and did indeed find that the partnership is still listed as “Active”. My relationship with the other partners is pretty much non-existent and reaching out to them would be more than awkward at this point. I’d rather keep it that way for a number of reasons.
What would be the best way to find out how this leasing specialist got my current mailing address other than just asking him? He is sending me a copy of the “Designation of Pooled Unit”. I’m hoping I can find some clue in the DPU that would jog my memory. Could it just be a simple mistake? Should I just sign the ratification and mail it along with the W-9 and wait by the mailbox for my royalty?? What’s the best way to retrace the breadcrumbs back to an event or person that confirms my royalty ownership in the unit??