The only organization solely representing mineral and royalty owners in Colorado.

Colorado Alliance of Mineral and Royalty Owners' represents the interests of over 600,000 mineral owners across the state of Colorado. The organization encourages and promotes exploration and production of minerals throughout the state. CAMRO works to preserve, protect, and advance the interests and rights of mineral and royalty owners through  education, advocacy and assistance to its members. 

Recent Updates

NEW! Colorado State Land Board Facts about Proposition 112:

The Colorado State Land Board published a study on September 13, 2018. All facts below come directly from that study.

  • The Colorado State Land Board is a constitutionally created state agency that manages a $4.3 billion endowment of assets held in a trust for the intergenerational benefit of Colorado’s K-12 schoolchildren and public institutions. 
  • If Proposition 112 had been implemented three years ago, revenue would have been reduced to $158.5 million, a 60% reduction.
  • If passed, Proposition 112 will eliminate $230.3 million of funding for Colorado’s schools from state trust lands over a three-year period (60 percent).
  • Per Statute, the Colorado State Land Board distributes half of its gross revenue to the Colorado Department of Education’s Building Excellent Schools Today (BEST) program, which provides competitive capital construction grants to public schools. 
  • Since BEST’s inception in 2008, 70% ($635 million) of its funding has come from the Colorado State Land Board. BEST has leveraged these dollars to award $1.7 billion in grants to improve health, safety, and security in 139 school districts for a total of 409 schools serving 180,000 students. 

READ THE REPORT IN ITS' ENTIRETY HERE: Fact Sheet_ Impact of Proposition 112 on Colorado School Funding from State Trust Lands (1).pdf

Information on Proposition 112 (formally known as Initiative 97) can be found here. Information on Amendment 74 (formally known as Initiative 108) can be found here.

8/29/18 PRESS RELEASE: Colorado Mineral Owners React to Initiative 97 Approval for Ballot

Denver, Colorado – The Colorado Alliance of Mineral and Royalty Owners was extremely disappointed to hear that Initiative 97 – an effective ban on mineral development in Colorado -made the ballot with 172,834 signatures this afternoon. “Many Coloradans don’t yet understand the effect this kind of law would have on Colorado,” said Neil Ray, president of CAMRO. “Through a recent study and CORA request to the State Land Board, we’ve proven that untapped minerals below Colorado’s Wattenberg Field represent nearly $180 billion dollars of working interest cash flow and $26 billion dollars of royalty payments over the life of the field. This is money that doesn’t just benefit oil and gas companies. It benefits everyday royalty owners, Colorado’s communities, and the entire state.”

Read the full press release here.

Colorado Association of Mineral and Royalty Owners Study Shows Colorado Could Be on the Hook for $26 Billion if Bans on Energy Development Pass

“If the seizure of private property rights in Colorado is codified through the local control initiatives or statewide ballot measures, all property rights throughout the state are under attack. Not only do these estimates represent a staggering value that could be taken without compensation from mineral owners by proposed ballot initiatives, but they represent funds taken from tax coffers that fund schools, roads, and other community services that we all value,” said Neil Ray, president of CAMRO. 

View the entire press release here: Netherland Sewell Press Release Final.pdf

**Study conducted by Netherland, Sewell and Associates.

Weld County CAMRO Meeting October 5, 2018

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Commission Changes to Public Comment Process – Jan 22, 2018

View an overview of the changes here.

Martinez v. The COGCC

"Upon consideration of the Motion for Leave to file Brief of Amicus Curiae Vital for Colorado in Support of Petitioners, the Motion of the Colorado Alliance of Mineral and Royalty Owners for leave to file Amicus Curiae Brief in Support of the Petitioners Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, Colorado Petroleum Association, and American Petroleum Institute.....

 IT IS ORDERED that said Amicus Brief[s] tendered April 2, 2018 shall be, and the same hereby are, ACCEPTED FOR FILING. BY THE COURT, APRIL 11, 2018"

ORDER OF COURT Accepting CAMRO Amicus Brief 4-11-2018.pdf

The defeat of the Martinez lawsuit is vitally important to mineral owners having their mineral developed.  I want to thank those of you who have donated to get this document prepared.  But there is more work to be done so we are asking everyone who can to donate to the effort. You can donate by clicking here.

From Cindy Bargell, Attorney acting on behalf of CAMRO:

"...It will be a number of months before things go forward as the Respondents now will have the opportunity to file a response, and then oral argument will be set.  Only after that occurs will an opinion be rendered.  It still could be a year or more before a final ruling, although for now CAMRO’s work, on this case at least, is done as amicus typically do not file response briefs (only by leave of the Court).   That said, this is the first time CAMRO has weighed in on a Supreme Court case, and I have appreciated the opportunity to work with you all to make this happen.

I also believe CAMRO raised points relevant to the statutory interpretation not before considered, as well as entered into the record an argument related to potential regulatory takings." 

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