Background: I have a small Non-Participating Royalty Interest (NPRI) in a contiguous plat of land in two EOG units (Sweet and Ullman) in Gonzales County, Texas. I was unaware that I had this interest, and in August 2010, I ratified a 43.138 acre lease. Through some online research it appeared I had 50.25 acres through a warranty deed. I inquired about this difference, but did not get any responses probably since I had already signed it. When the first division orders came out in summer 2011 for the two units my total acreage was 52.99 acres. I inquired again and was told when they surveyed the property the total acreage came to 52.99 acres. I asked if I needed to sign another lease ratification with this new total. I was told this was not necessary since as an NPRI, I was just ratifying the lease and the Mother Hubbard clause in the lease would cover any additional acreage found. I asked a landman and EOG Division Analyst for documentation showing the correct acreage and never received anything. Then in July 2012 I received a revised division order for one of the units because that unit size changed, and my acreage in the unit increased 3.13 acres. So now the total is 56.12 acres. I called again and talked to same people and basically got the same response.
- Although I do not plan on selling my interest, how important is it to have the correct acreage in some kind of document?
- Where and how would I get this documentation? I already have the warranty deed where the minerals were conveyed…but this shows 50.25 acres. I understand the deed says more or less, but 5.87 acres or 11.7 % is a bit much in my opinion.
- How likely will these totals keep changing?
Thank you for any advice you can give.