This excerpt taken from the EOG DEF 14A filed Mar 25, 2009.
Components of Our Compensation Program
The following discussion describes the components of our compensation program and explains why we choose to pay each component and how we determine the amount to be paid or delivered. Except as described above with respect to grants of stock options/SARs and restricted stock/restricted stock units, decisions regarding an increase or other adjustment of a particular component will not affect decisions regarding the other components. The Committee views each component of our compensation program as independent, since each component was selected for a specific purpose.
The following table presents the adjustments to the base salary of each of our Named Officers granted by the Committee at its third quarter 2008 meeting.