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The Denver Post 

Colorado regulators OK one-of-a-kind rule to track emissions beginning with oil and gas wells’ construction

New rule is part of state’s overhaul of industry regulations

September 24, 2020 by Judith Kohler

A state commission has approved a rule that will require companies to monitor emissions from oil and gas sites earlier and more frequently than is currently done as Colorado officials implement a law overhauling how the industry is regulated.

The Colorado Air Quality Control Commission voted unanimously Wednesday night for a rule to track emissions  from the start of construction of a well and over the first six months of production. The monitoring of so-called preproduction, a phase that can produce high emissions of chemicals and health complaints from the public, is a new requirement.

The proposal is part of the implementation of Senate Bill 181. The 2019 law changed the state’s mission from fostering oil and gas development to regulating it in a way that protects public health, safety and the environment.


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The Denver Business Journal 

Colorado regulators move to quadruple oil well setbacks, a move industry predicts will be devastating

September 10, 2020 by Greg Avery

Colorado oil regulators stunned many in the industry Wednesday by favoring rules to keep oil and gas wells at least 2,000 feet from homes, quadrupling the usual setback now required.

The majority of commissioners on the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission preferred establishing a 2,000-foot buffer as the standard setback in statewide rules the agency is rewriting, and they plan to discuss later this week under what circumstances the state might allow drilling to occur within that distance.

The final vote on a setback isn’t expected until next month as part of a larger series of COGCC rule changes.

Oil and gas companies didn’t expect required buffers from homes to be so large.

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The Colorado Sun 

Colorado regulators back 2,000-foot setback for new oil and gas drilling in “paradigm shift”

In a session Wednesday to review proposed rule changes on setbacks, four of the five Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission’s members voiced support for an extended setback

September 9, 2020 by Mark Jaffe

All homes and schools in Colorado should be protected from new oil and gas drilling by a 2,000-foot buffer or setback – four times the current standard for urban areas, a majority of the members of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission said.

In a session Wednesday to review proposed rule changes on setbacks, four of the five commissioners voiced support for an extended setback to protect public health and safety, as well as reduce nuisances such as odors, noise and heavy traffic.

The one commissioner expressing reservations about the 2,000-foot setback was Bill Gonzalez, a former oil and gas industry executive. “I don’t think that is the right number and the right way of going about it,” he said.

Jeff Robbins, the commission chairman, said that the expanded setback was in line with the COGCC’s change in mission — defined in Senate Bill 181 — from promoting oil and gas development to the protection of public safety, health, welfare and the environment in regulating the oil and gas industry.

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The Denver Post 

Colorado oil, gas commission proposes fee hike to cover shortfall due to falling energy production

"COGCC says it could face budget gap of nearly $4 million; Industry says now’s not the time to raise fees"

July 1, 2020 By Judith Kohler

To cover an anticipated budget shortfall of nearly $4 million, the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission is proposing a higher mill levy on companies.

Julie Murphy, the newly appointed director, said Tuesday that the COGCC is looking at raising the current levy of 1.1 mills to 1.7 mills. The increase would keep the budget at current levels, a little more than $13 million, in the new fiscal year, Murphy said.

The goal is to keep the agency’s revenues at about the same level in the face of low oil and gas prices and declining production, Murphy added. “With the drop in commodity prices leading to a likely drop in production, the mill levy rate we had established will not generate the same number of dollars.”

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The Denver Post 

Polis names new group to oversee Colorado oil and gas rules

5-member lineup includes current Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission direct

June 22, 2020 by John Aguilar 

Gov. Jared Polis on Monday named a new, five-member commission to take over crafting and putting in place major changes to Colorado’s oil and gas regulations, as the multibillion-dollar industry struggles with a global pandemic and slump in demand for energy.

The new, permanent board at the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission will replace the nine members who for the last year have been overseeing implementation of Senate Bill 181, a sweeping reform of the state’s mineral extraction laws that puts public health and environmental considerations ahead of production.

The bill required that a professional commission be appointed by the governor by July 1 of this year.

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The Denver Post 

Oil, gas companies not alone: Mineral rights owners facing squeeze from industry downturn

Group says losses could be hundreds of millions of dollars

    May 28, 2020 By Judith Kohler

    Kathy Allen and her family might not be the first people who come to mind when tallying up the oil and gas industry’s losses, but as mineral owners they too are feeling the squeeze.

    The family owns minerals in various spots across oil-rich Weld County. Some of the tracts date back to the early 1900s.

    “A lot of them were purchased by my great-grandfather, who was an abstractor, starting in the teens,” Allen said.

    Some of the purchases were made during tax sales or when a subdivision was platted. She doesn’t think her great-grandfather bought the land for the minerals underneath it. But through the decades, royalties from companies that mined the oil and gas have helped get the family through tough economic times and provided a financial cushion.

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    The Denver Channel

    Oil market hurting big business and small-town farmers

    May 14, 2020 By Dan Grossman

    It is 39 degrees in Keenesburg, Colorado, a small farming community about 30 miles east of Denver. Bob Koeneke sits in a barn next to his tractor, looking out at the cold rain that has started to fall.

    “We used to have some tremendous snowstorms and more rain,” he said.

    More than 50 years on this land has taught Koeneke that May weather in this part of the country can bite like December, and threats to the resources below his ground can produce more anxiety than the crops he grows on top of it.

    “[The money from our oil wells] helped us educate our children and provided the lifestyle that we have,” he said. “Now, I wonder how long it’s going to take to come back.”

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    Colorado Politics 

    Mineral rights owners and schools losing big in the pandemic

    May 7, 2020 Joey Bunch

    As if the economic collapse wasn't bad enough, Colorado communities stand to take a major hit from lost royalties paid by the oil and gas industry, the Colorado Alliance of Mineral and Royalty Owners said Thursday afternoon.

    The organization tabbed the damage across the state in the hundreds of millions of dollars citing the industry's "extraordinary economic distress" by the double whammy of the global pandemic and an international price war on oil and natural gas.

    In its industry report last year, the alliance cited mineral royalty payments to Coloradans worth more than $500 million.

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    Courthouse News Service 

    Judge Tosses Coloradans’ Beef With Forced Pooling of Mineral Rights

    March 19, 2020 by Amanda Pampuro 

    DENVER (CN) – Describing a Colorado community’s complaint against forced pooling of minerals as “efforts to prevent hydraulic fracturing or ‘fracking’ from occurring in their residential neighborhood,” a federal judge dismissed the lawsuit Wednesday evening.

    In the lawsuit filed in 2019, the Wildgrass Oil and Gas Committee of Broomfield, Colorado, claimed to be the victim of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission’s rubber-stamp approval for private oil and gas leases.

    Because subterranean reserves of oil and gas do not adhere to property boundaries, the state devised a system of “pooling” mineral rights and distributing proceeds among owners. Oil and gas operators must make efforts to negotiate with owners, but those who refuse to consent are effectively “forced” into the pool.

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    Colorado Politics

    Jordan Cove approval called a win for Colorado's natural gas

      The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission gave new life to the Jordan Cove LNG project that's viewed as a lifeline to exporting Colorado's vast natural gas supplies.

      On a 2-1 vote Thursday, federal regulators approved the Coos Bay terminal and the 230-mile Pacific Connector Pipeline, a controversial project in Oregon that still faces challenges over its impact and need.

      “Today’s announcement is outstanding news for the Western Slope, and the jobs it will bring to Colorado should be welcomed by the entire Colorado congressional delegation,” U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, a Republican from Yuma, said in a statement.

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      CPR News

      Despite Prop 112’s Loss, Colorado’s Fracking Foes Are Back With 6 New Ballot Measures

      January 7, 2020 By Sam Brasch

      On Tuesday, Colorado Rising, the state’s leading anti-fracking group, announced it had submitted language for six new ballot initiatives to state election officials. 

      Five of them are either replicas or close cousins of Proposition 112, which lost in the midterm election. The other would require oil and gas companies to post a far more expensive bond for new wells. The money would help the state manage so-called “orphan wells” the industry leaves behind.

      If any of the initiatives make the ballot, Colorado voters could be at the center of another brawl over oil and gas development. The industry poured nearly $40 million into defeating Proposition 112, claiming the plan amounted to a statewide hydraulic fracturing ban. TV ads and billboards proclaimed that Colorado’s economy hung in the balance.

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      Post Independent

      Garfield County commissioners fear ‘recession’ from proposed oil and gas rules

      August 13, 2019 by Thomas Phippen

      The implementation of Senate Bill 181, which Gov. Jared Polis signed in April, threatens a recession in western Garfield County, according to County Commissioner Tom Jankovsky.

      “We are really concerned about (SB) 181 and what it’s doing,” Jankovsky said during Monday’s board of county commissioners meeting.

      “It’s going to create a recession in this area in Western Garfield County, and it (will be) created by the governor and the legislature,” he said. “There’s no reason to have a recession. It’s very concerning to us.”

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      The Wall Street Journal 

      If You Want ‘Renewable Energy,’ Get Ready to Dig

      Building one wind turbine requires 900 tons of steel, 2,500 tons of concrete and 45 tons of plastic.


      August 5, 2019, By Mark P. Mills

      Democrats dream of powering society entirely with wind and solar farms combined with massive batteries. Realizing this dream would require the biggest expansion in mining the world has seen and would produce huge quantities of waste. 

      “Renewable energy” is a misnomer. Wind and solar machines and batteries are built from nonrenewable materials. And they wear out. Old equipment must be decommissioned, generating millions of tons of waste. The International Renewable Energy Agency calculates that solar goals for 2050 consistent with the Paris Accords will result in old-panel disposal constituting more than double the tonnage of all today’s global plastic waste. Consider some other sobering numbers: 

      A single electric-car battery weighs about 1,000 pounds. Fabricating one requires digging up, moving and processing more than 500,000 pounds of raw materials somewhere on the planet. The alternative? Use gasoline and extract one-tenth as much total tonnage to deliver the same number of vehicle-miles over the battery’s seven-year life.

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      CBS Denver

      Summer Classes Give Northern Colorado Teachers Insight Into Oil & Gas

      Tucked away on the edge of Greeley is the Poudre Learning Center. Four neighboring school districts operate the center.

      “The Poudre Learning Center is 200 acres of native prairie. It has the Poudre River running through it, it has the Poudre Trail on the south side,” said Ray Tschillard, the center’s director.

      Every year, 30,000 school kids make the trip to the center to enhance their classroom lessons but for two weeks in the summer, their teachers are the student.

      The center has teamed up with energy companies to teach educators about the oil and gas industry that’s so prevalent in their communities.

      In fact, the center made the pitch for the energy institute to the companies, telling them a class could make a real impact.

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      The Denver Post

      In “new era” of oil and gas regulation, Colorado communities waste no time writing own rules

      May 6, 2020 by John Aguilar

      Pro-industry forces watching closely for regulatory “overreach”


      Less than three weeks after Gov. Jared Polis signed into law a sweeping bill giving cities and towns in Colorado new powers to regulate oil and gas drilling, communities sitting atop the state’s vast fossil fuel deposits are already looking at how to flex their newfound muscle.


      There will also be pushback from those who own the underground energy deposits should they be denied access to their property through overregulation, said Neil Ray, president of the Colorado Alliance of Mineral and Royalty Owners.“If there’s a regulatory taking, it will be pursued,” Ray said. “This isn’t baking brownies here — this is serious money, these are serious property issues." 


      Aside from the courts and ballot initiatives, resistance to new oil and gas regulations could once again emerge in local elections. In 2017, pro-industry organization Vital for Colorado gave more than $325,000 to local campaign committees in Greeley, Broomfield, Thornton, Aurora and Loveland to help get business-friendly candidates elected.


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      The Sentinel

      Colorado land trust officials say oil drilling setback Prop 112 would cut public school funding

      September 20, 2018 by Grant Stringer 

      A consortium of oil production rights proponents say they prompted the study, according to Colorado Alliance of Mineral and Royalty Owners President Neil Ray.

      “(Prop 112) is so devastating to schools,” said Ray. “Industry and mineral owners are very much aligned on Prop 112.”

      CAMRO represents about 180 families in Colorado aiming to protect their property or mineral rights, said Ray, which can be an income source when leased to oil and gas operators.

      Ray said he is concerned that the Colorado Legislature would be unable to offset the lost revenue because of Colorado’s Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights, which inhibits the state’s ability to raise taxes.

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      The Gazette

      Initiative 97: Oil and gas setback proposal makes November ballot

      August 29, 2018 by Marianne Goodland

      "The Colorado Oil and Gas Association also weighed in Wednesday, stating the measure risks 147,800 good-paying jobs, “more than $1 billion in taxes for schools, parks and libraries, and our nation’s energy security.” Dan Haley of COGA said a “half-mile setback is a blatant attempt by activists to ban oil and natural gas in Colorado and put working families on the unemployment line.”

      The Colorado Alliance of Mineral and Royalty Owners estimated that 85 percent of “non-federal land would be unavailable for new oil and gas development.”"

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      The Gazette

      GUEST COLUMN: Initiative 97 would cut education funding 

      August 17, 2018 by Dana Svendsen

      "As a lawyer, engineer, and mother, I care deeply about education. I am far from alone, of course. Education is a daily kitchen-table issue for families, a critical focus for the business community, and a top-tier issue for our elected officials and public servants.

      There is room for debate over the best ways to provide high-quality and affordable K-12 and higher education in Colorado. There are disagreements over how to pay for it. But this much is clear: We cannot afford to take existing sources of education funding for granted.

      One of those funding sources is oil and natural gas production, and recent data from the Colorado Association of Mineral Royalty Owners helps illustrate the critical role it plays."

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      Colorado oil and gas industry prepares for a battle at the ballot box as production booms

      July 26, 2018 by John Herrik

      "The Colorado Democratic Party is endorsing the ballot initiative. But Democratic leaders, including Gov. John Hickenlooper and U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, who is running for governor, oppose the measure. Opponents of the initiative say it would deprive a potential source of income from landowners with mineral rights. 

      Former Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, an Alamosa native who was a guest speaker at the annual roundtable, said the initiative would be “unconstitutional.”

      Salazar, who expanded national parks and wildlife refuges and championed utility-scale renewable energy projects while serving in the Obama Administration, is now a partner at a Denver law firm, WilmerHale, where he has represented Anadarko Petroleum Corp. The company owned the leaking pipeline that caused fatal Firestone explosion in April 2017."

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      The Daily Sentinel 

      Analysis: Measure would halt drilling on most private land in top oil, gas counties

      July 8, 2018 by Dennis Webb

      "Ninety-four percent of nonfederal land and 61 percent of total acreage would be off-limits to drilling and related activities in Colorado's five top counties for oil and gas development under a proposed citizen setback initiative, a state agency says.

      Analysis by the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission finds that locally, Initiative 97 would prevent oil and gas development on 99.8 percent of private lands in both Garfield and Rio Blanco counties, which rank second and fourth respectively statewide in oil and gas production.

      But the measure's overall impact on the two counties would be far less because it wouldn't apply to federal land. It would prevent drilling on 37.7 percent of all lands in Garfield County, which has 62.2 percent federal land, and 26.6 percent of all lands in Rio Blanco County, which has 73.4 percent federal land, according to the analysis."

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      Oil and gas community says proposed ballot measure would ban fracking in Colorado

      July 10, 2018 by Joe St. George

      "The Colorado Alliance of Mineral and Royalty Owners issued this statement:

      “It’s not just mineral owners who have a lot at stake if something like Initiative 97, which would enact 2,500-foot setbacks and eliminate oil and gas development on 85 percent of non-federal land, passes. All of Colorado should be deeply concerned about the impact the initiative would have on our communities and future workforce,” said Neil Ray, president of CAMRO. “Colorado’s schools would face extreme financial hardship. Our schools already have experienced budget cuts. Can they withstand additional hits financially? Our students deserve better.”"

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      Further in the Hole: Prospective Anti-Fracking Ballot Measure Could Strip Public School Funding

      July 11, 2018 by Colorado Peak Politics

      "Well, this has to be the strangest blue on blue violence we’ve seen in a while. The Colorado Alliance of Mineral and Royalty Owners (CAMRO) issued a press release today showing that Colorado’s public schools could “face extreme financial hardship” if Initiative 97, a potential ballot measure to expand drill site setbacks to 2,500 feet from occupied buildings, passes. So, which God to pray to, Democrats? Public schools or the environment?

      Through a Colorado Open Records Act request, CAMRO uncovered the fact that since 1980, Colorado’s public schools have received more than $560 million in revenue from the Colorado Land Board’s interests in the Wattenberg Field alone. According to the way Initiative 97 is written, operating wells will still be able to produce, but new exploration within the setback areas will not be permitted, nor will operators be able to re-open capped wells in those areas. The ballot measure could prevent the state from taking advantage of new technology in oil and gas development."

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      Cruisin' for a Legal Bruisin': Erie Bans Fracking For Remainder of 2018

      July 12, 2018 by Colorado Peak Politics

      "Then, there is the cost to compensate mineral owners for the government preventing them from developing their property. A recent study published by the Colorado Alliance of Mineral and Royalty Owners, or CAMRO, found that banning oil and gas development could cost cities and counties billions. That would bankrupt local governments. That’s not what radical environmentalists are going for…is it?"

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      Oil and gas bans in Wattenberg Field could cost billions

      June 29, 2018 by Neil Ray (CAMRO President)

      "If passed, local control measures and upcoming ballot initiatives like Initiative 97 would put a stranglehold on mineral development here in Colorado. That not only poses a threat to our economy — a 2017 PricewaterhouseCoopers report found that the natural gas and oil industry in Colorado had an economic impact of $31.4 billion dollars in 2015 — it deprives mineral owners of their property rights. Even worse, governmental entities that ban oil and gas development, or engage in a de facto ban on oil and gas development like Boulder, could bankrupt their city, county or state. Mineral rights are the same as property rights and these entities could be on the hook for up to $26 billion in royalty compensation to mineral and royalty owners.

      In Colorado, mineral rights carry as much weight as surface rights. A ban on mineral development would be akin to a homeowner being told that his or her home would be torn down to make way for a new highway with complete disregard for their property. Any person would be horrified by that situation, and we should be equally disturbed by similar restrictions on energy development."

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      Podcast: June 15, 2018 

      Neil Ray, president of CAMRO, joined Gail Fallon on her podcast, "Mornings with Gail," Friday morning to discuss the Netherland, Sewell & Associates evaluation on the fiscal impact if Initiative 97 passes.

      On the 15 minute segment, Neil further explains where the estimates come from and addresses the arguments proponents of the initiative are stating in response to the study.

      LISTEN HERE


      June 14, 2018 by Staff

      "A study commissioned by the Colorado Alliance of Mineral and Royalty Owners (CAMRO) finds that implementing policies or ballot measures that would effectively ban oil and gas development in in one of Colorado’s most productive oil fields would strand a “staggering” $180 billion worth of resources and cost mineral rights owners as much as $26 billion.

      “The biggest takeaway is the staggering dollar amount,” Colorado Alliance of Mineral and Royalty Owners (CAMRO) president, Neil Ray told Western Wire.

      Initiative 97 is a proposed ballot measure that seeks to increase oil and gas operations setback requirements to 2,500 feet. The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC), previously studied this back in 2016 when a similar ballot measure was looming."

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      Study Says Untapped Front Range Oil, Gas Worth Nearly $180 Billion, Blasts New Drilling Restrictions

      June 13, 2018 by Matt Bloom

      "An oil and gas advocacy group is warning Colorado taxpayers they could face billions of dollars in compensation claims if voters approve tough new restrictions on where wells can be drilled.

      The Colorado Alliance of Mineral and Royalty Owners (CAMRO), which represents individuals and corporations that own oil and gas rights, wants to kill a proposal that would increase the minimum distance between new wells and occupied buildings to 2,500 feet. The current minimum is 500 feet.

      The industry’s latest effort came June 12, when CAMRO released a commissioned cash-flow analysis of untapped minerals in Colorado’s Wattenberg Field. The study valued future oil and gas production at nearly $180 billion — $26 billion of which would come in royalties for private mineral owners alone."

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      Kallanish Energy

      June 15, 2018 by Staff

      "The trade group Colorado Alliance of Mineral and Royalty Owners (CAMRO) says Colorado could be liable for $26 billion owed oil and gas rights owners if oil and natural gas drilling setbacks are increased by 500%.

      That mind-boggling number was put forth as the environmental group Colorado Rising gathers signatures in support of its statewide ballot initiative that would place new restrictions on oil and gas drilling.

      The ballot measure would increase the required minimum setback between occupied buildings and new wells to 2,500 feet from the current requirement of 500 feet, Kallanish Energy learns."

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      Royalty owners claim wider setbacks would cost them $26 billion

      June 12, 2018 by Aldo Svaldi

      "A statewide ballot initiative to widen the buffer between oil and gas drilling and development could cost $180 billion in lost petroleum production and $26 billion in lost royalties in northeastern Colorado alone, a group representing mineral rights owners said Tuesday.

      Statewide Initiative 97 would require new wells to locate 2,500 feet or more from homes, schools and water sources, an expansion of the current buffer of 500 feet or 1,000 feet.

      “That 2,500-foot setback would eliminate oil and gas production in the Wattenberg,”  argued Neil Ray, president of Colorado Alliance of Mineral and Royalty Owners (CAMRO), which commissioned Netherland, Sewell & Associates, a petroleum consulting firm, to conduct the analysis.

      As concentric circles are drawn around the areas where drilling would be off limits, including waterways, they would overlap and effectively leave no viable areas available to host well pads, Ray said."

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      Industry study claims Initiative 97 would cost Colorado billions; measure's proponents push back

      Video by Denver 7: view the article here.



      Oil and Gas Advocates Warn Taxpayers They Could Pay Up Later For Voting Against Drilling

      June 12, 2018 by Associated Press

      "An oil and gas advocacy group said Tuesday that Colorado has billions of dollars' worth of petroleum still in the ground, and warned that taxpayers could face huge compensation claims if voters ban drilling.

      At least five oil and gas measures have been proposed for the statewide ballot this fall, although none appears to impose an outright drilling ban.

      The admonition from the Colorado Alliance of Mineral and Royalty Owners (CAMRO) was a salvo in Colorado's latest skirmish over who should regulate the oil and gas industry, and how much."

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      SunHerald

      Oil, gas group warns drilling bans could cost taxpayers

      June 12, 2018 by Dan Elliott

      "DENVER -- An oil and gas advocacy group said Tuesday that Colorado has billions of dollars' worth of petroleum still in the ground and warned that taxpayers could face huge compensation claims if voters ban drilling.

      At least five oil and gas measures have been proposed for the statewide ballot this fall, although none appears to impose an outright drilling ban.

      The admonition from the Colorado Alliance of Mineral and Royalty Owners was a salvo in Colorado's latest skirmish over who should regulate the oil and gas industry, and how much.

      "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," Neil Ray said, president of the royalty owners group.""

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      State and Local Governments in Colorado Could Owe Mineral Owners $26 Billion if Proposed Setback Initiatives or New Bans Pass

      June 12, 2018 by Oil & Gas 360

      "NSAI report puts estimate of lifetime EUR for the Wattenberg at nearly $180 billion Northern Colorado's Wattenberg field has been a prolific producer of oil and natural gas for decades. Like other basins, the area's production accelerated significantly when hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling came to the DJ Basin a dozen or so years ago.

      But there are proposed ballot initiative petitions being circulated this summer and a court case awaiting final outcome in Colorado that could result in shutting out large areas of the state." 

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      Colorado Alliance of Mineral and Royalty Owners say state could be on hook for $26 billion if oil and gas setbacks increase

      June 12, 2018 by Luanne Kadlub

      "As Colorado Rising gathers signatures in support of its statewide ballot initiative for 2,500-foot oil and gas setbacks, the Colorado Association of Mineral and Royalty Owners, which represents mineral rights owners in Colorado, is letting others know that such a setback is not in the best interest of the state. The current setback requirement is 500-feet.

      The impact of Initiative 97, said Neil Ray, president of CAMRO, would be huge for Colorado's 600,000 mineral rights owners. The organization released a report on Tuesday that showed untapped minerals in Colorado's Wattenberg Field, which includes much of Weld County, could have an expected ultimate recovery of nearly $180 billion dollars over the life of the field. Royalties for mineral owners alone would come to $26 billion dollars."

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      CAMRO study shows Colorado Stands to lose $26 billion if bans on energy development pass

      June 12, 2018

      "DENVER – The Colorado Alliance of Mineral and Royalty Owners (CAMRO) released a report prepared by Netherland, Sewell, & Associates showing that untapped minerals in Colorado’s Wattenberg field could have an expected ultimate recovery of nearly $180 billion over the life of the field. Royalties for mineral owners alone would come to $26 billion. This means that the cities and counties in the Wattenberg field, or the State of Colorado, that enact bans on developing minerals in the Wattenberg field could be on the hook for over $26 billion from successful takings claims, or just compensation for the public use of private property."

      “While we are not getting rich from our minerals, the extra funds each month were a God send in helping us care for our mother, who suffered from dementia. The peace and comfort we found from being able to provide our mom a safe and clean assisted living facility and, later, memory care facility was immeasurable. We would have experienced extreme financial and emotional hardship without the mineral rights that have been in our family for generations,” said Kathy Allen, a mineral owner who owns minerals in Weld, Yuma and Montezuma Counties. “When some suggest a ban on developing our minerals without compensation, it frightens our family because they are advocating for the property we have owned for generations to become worthless. If governments prevent mineral owners from developing our minerals, we will be forced to seek just compensation for their value.”

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      The Business Times

      Colorado trade group report praises natural gas and oil industry 

      June 12, 2018 by Staff

      "The natural gas and oil industry not only creates jobs and generates tax revenues in Colorado, but also has played a role in lowering energy costs as well as emissions from power plants, according to a report from an energy industry trade group.

      “Colorado’s development of natural gas and oil provides very real economic opportunity, and it is essential to creating jobs and generating much-needed revenue for our government. The low energy costs that have resulted from increased development have also lowered energy costs for consumers and businesses,” said Tracee Bentley, executive director of the Colorado Petroleum Council."

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      Westword

      Ballot Initiative Challenging Oil and Gas Industry Goes to Colorado Supreme Court

      March 12, 2018 by Nora Olabi

      “The Title Board should never have approved proposed initiative 97, as it violates the single-subject and clear title requirements," Ray says in a statement sent to Westword.  "In addition, the refusal of the state of Colorado to attach an appropriate fiscal impact statement despite information available violates state statute. Beyond the obvious legal issues with this ill-conceived proposal, it would essentially eliminate natural gas and oil development in Colorado. That translates to the destruction of 140,000 jobs, elimination of $217 billion in economic activity over the next 15 years, and prevention of mineral owners from developing their minerals."

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      Courts ask regulators to tackle arguments over oil, gas royalties

      Feb 11, 2018 By: DENNIS WEBB

      Rulings by judges in Garfield County have resulted in Colorado oil and gas regulators being asked to resolve disputes between energy companies and mineral owners over royalty payments.

      The rulings run counter to some others in Colorado, raising jurisdictional questions over whether the agency or courts should handle such disputes. Traditionally they've largely been dealt with in the courts, where in Garfield County thousands and sometimes millions of dollars have been awarded to mineral owners over the years in connection with claims of improper deductions taken by oil and gas companies in determining royalty payments.

      "The issue is whether the Colorado Oil and Gas (Conservation) Commission should have primary jurisdiction over these royalty underpayment claims," said George Barton, a Kansas attorney handing numerous current claims in Garfield County against Antero Resources and Ursa Resources, which purchased Antero's Piceance Basin assets several years ago.

      "We strongly believe that the commission does not have jurisdiction over the claims."

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      Gov. Hickenlooper, a Homeowner and a Mineral Rights Holder Hash Out Oil, Gas Issues


      November 29th, 2017 By Michelle P. Fulcher 

      He’s genuinely amazed at technological innovations like horizontal drilling. And he takes pride in his family’s history in the oil and gas business — but he admits the political environment has shifted.

      “It is very tense,” Ray says. The deadly home explosion in Firestone is part of the reason. There’s also the nuisance factor of drilling: smells, light and noise. “I can tell you that if, right outside my door here, all of a sudden a drilling rig got up, I would be out there trying to make sure that it was as least [of] an influence on my life as I could possibly make it.”

      Ray generally supports Colorado’s strict drilling regulations, but he also worries about further regulation based less on science and more on fear. Ray sits on the board of Vital for Colorado, a group backed by the drilling industry that spent big on recent municipal races in Broomfield and Aurora and elsewhere.

      Read more here here.


      Back to the Drawing Board on Statutory Pooling

      April 28th, 2017 By CAMRO President, Neil Ray:

      As referenced in the movie “There Will Be Blood,” imagine if you were drinking a milkshake and someone grabbed a straw, put it in your drink, and started drinking, too. It would be shocking and elicit feelings of unfairness — but, that’s my milkshake, you would think. This is what statutory pooling — also known as “forced pooling” — protects against, with the milkshake being a mineral deposit like natural gas or oil.

      Statutory pooling is a misunderstood concept in Colorado that helps protect property owners, especially mineral owners. Colorado’s pooling law affords the minority mineral interest owner certain protection that if they suspect that their minerals are being drained, they can request a hearing before the commission and, by proving the fact, force their way into a pooled unit.

      Without statutory pooling, every tract owner would have the right to drill a well in order to offset drainage of their minerals by adjacent wells.

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      Colorado royalty owners group splits from national organization


      January 6, 2017 by Aldo Svaldi:

      Leaders of a group representing owners of mineral and royalty rights in Colorado have bolted from their national organization, which plans a push to retain its members in the state.

      The board of what was the Colorado chapter of the National Association of Royalty Owners (NARO) voted to separate and register with the state as the Colorado Alliance of Mineral and Royalty Owners (CAMRO).

      “We didn’t feel like they (NARO) had enough horsepower to deal with the messaging required in the state of Colorado,” said Neil Ray, president of CAMRO.

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      January 1, 2017 by RockPick:

      A new organization has been formed to exclusively represent Colorado Mineral and Royalty Owners called CAMRO, Colorado Alliance of Mineral and Royalty Owners.

      CAMRO was formed as a result of a long-running displeasure with the policies of the National board of the National Association of Royalty Owners.  After trying to resolve their concerns with the national organization, the NARO-Colorado board voted to take the organization in a different direction and has amended and restated their articles of organization and filed them with the Colorado Secretary of State disassociating the NARO-Colorado chapter from NARO-National.

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      Don’t obscure myriad benefits of natural gas


      December 2, 2016 by David Ludlum

      The Glenwood Springs Post Independent editorial board recently referenced the value of local drilling and natural gas production within the narrow confines of creating electricity. The region’s natural gas industry can win the debate over whether to drill or not by expanding this debate and disallowing narrow discussions about the fuels’ importance. Only speaking about natural gas in relation to creating electrons misleads the public about what natural gas is actually used for and why its foundational to democratic society.

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