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

The Colorado Gazette - Colorado voters say resounding "no" to drilling setback and Proposition 112

November 7, 2018 - “We’re incredibly grateful that Colorado voted against Proposition 112 tonight, said Neil Ray of the Colorado Alliance of Mineral and Royalty Owners. “Beyond the devastating economic impact, Proposition 112 would have stripped mineral owners of their property rights by placing large swaths of the state off limits for mineral development.


10/17/18 PRESS RELEASE: Economic Impact of Proposition 112’s Passage Estimated at $470 Billion, According to PetroValues Study

Denver, Colorado – If Proposition 112 – an effective ban on mineral development in Colorado – passes this November, PetroValues estimates that the long-term economic loss across Colorado from the passage would be $470 billion. PetroValues calculated the loss over the time period that it would take to develop known resources of hydrocarbons, instead of the next few years as other studies have done.


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!

**Study conducted by Netherland, Sewell and Associates.


CAMRO has been thoroughly following this court case on behalf of our members. We have testified against Representative Joe Salazar's bill, HB18-1071, that would have codified the decision of the court regardless of the fact that the case is incomplete. Now, we have officially filed an amicus curiae brief so the courts further analyze what the desired changes sought out in the court case would do to our members. View the brief here: Colorado Alliance of Mineral and Royalty Owners Amicus Curiae Brief 4-2-2018.pdf

"I am pleased to let you know that the Colorado Supreme Court has recognized CAMRO as an amicus party in the Martinez matter, and that the CAMRO brief – along with several others in support of the Commission - was accepted as filed.  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." For additional information, click here.

View the Order of Court letter accepting the brief here: ORDER OF COURT Accepting CAMRO Amicus Brief 4-11-2018.pdf

9/19/18 PRESS RELEASE: Colorado’s Public Schools to Lose at Least $230 Million in Funding if Proposition 112 Passes

Denver, Colorado – If Proposition 112 – an effective ban on mineral development in Colorado – passes this November, Colorado’s public schools likely will lose at least $230.3 million in funding in the first three years. The Colorado State Land Board owns a combined six million acres of surface and subsurface land and generates revenue by leasing the property for mineral development. A fact sheet released by the Colorado State Land Board found that, “if Proposition 112 had been implemented three years ago, revenue would have been reduced to $158.5 million, a 60% reduction.”

“Colorado already has the strictest regulations on mineral development in the nation,” said Neil Ray, President of the Colorado Alliance of Mineral and Royalty Owners (CAMRO). “A half-mile setback is not an attempt to regulate the industry. It’s an effective ban on mineral development.”

All revenue from mineral development on lands owned by the Colorado State Land Board goes to fund public education in Colorado, either through the Colorado Department of Education’s Building Excellent Schools Today (BEST) program or the Public School Permanent Fund. The BEST program – majority funded by the Colorado State Land Board – has awarded $1.7 billion in grants since 2008, supporting improvements in public education and facilities for 180,000 students.


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