As part of our mission, we work to educate Colorado citizens on the mineral owners side of oil and gas development. 

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.


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.”

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PRESS RELEASE: Colorado Schools Face Extreme Financial Hardship if Initiative 97 Curtails Mineral Development

Denver, Colorado – Under a recent Colorado Open Records Act request, the Colorado Alliance of Mineral and Royalty Owners, or CAMRO, found that, since 1980, the Colorado Land Board’s education funds received over $560 million in revenue from oil and gas leases in Colorado’s Wattenberg Field. In the last two years alone, these assets generated $166 million in revenue and interest, which funded K-12 public schools as well as Colorado’s higher education institutions. Although legacy drilling can continue under Initiative 97, the State Land Board wouldn’t reap any of the benefits of future innovations in oil and gas production because no new drilling would be permitted.

“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.”


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

June 12, 2018

"Denver, Colorado – The Colorado Alliance of Mineral and Royalty Owners (CAMRO) today 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 dollars over the life of the field. Royalties for mineral owners alone would come to $26 billion dollars. 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.

“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. Our cities, counties, and state simply cannot afford to compensate mineral owners for their property.”

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