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How to Profit from your Mineral Rights

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A few months ago, I wrote a brief post for mineral rights holders discussing the various interests and rights that come with mineral ownership. After several conversations with mineral owners in the months following the post, I decided to draft up a brief report on how to help mineral owners profit from their mineral interests. The report is free and contains information on leasing and selling mineral rights, as well as how to participate in their development. Your can download the report by clicking on the link below. I hope you find the report helpful in answering your questions. Please contact us to schedule an appointment if you need additional help or have further questions.

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Oil and gas development comes close to home

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One of the most interesting things about living in Colorado for the past five years has been the opportunity to witness the fascinating political and legal contests rising from oil and gas development on the Front Range. The environmental community’s efforts to completely ban hydraulic fracturing have not held up in court - at least in Colorado - but the fact that the challenges were even considered is evidence of a changing political climate for domestic oil and gas producers. For nearly a century, oil and gas companies have been able to acquire and develop resources with limited challenges from the general public. Oil and gas development was rooted in private property rights and provided substantial economic benefits for state and local economies. The industry brought high paying jobs, much needed tax revenue for local governments and added wealth to mineral owners. The recent debates over hydraulic fracturing and now local control over oil and gas development strike not only at the general (and valid) concerns about environmental stewardship but at the underlying “social license to operate” for the oil and gas companies and the accompanying rights of mineral owners to profit from their property interest. The social license to operate refers to the acceptance and general approval from the community and stakeholders for the presence of oil and gas companies and development operations.

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General Information for Mineral Rights Holders – Oil & Gas Interests


Mineral rights should generally be managed in the same way as any other operating business asset or investment. For families that have inherited or acquired fractional mineral interests, this can require the creation of a corporate or other structure to manage the interests on behalf of the family. The creation process can take many forms and should be coordinated with an attorney for best results. The goal for any mineral interest owner is to turn their mineral interests into a revenue stream that can help support the owner’s personal and financial goals. Basic management of the minerals includes:

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Kinney Law Office adds arms trade compliance capabilities

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What comes to mind when you hear "international traffic in arms?" For me, the phrase conjures up the idea of a shady businessperson selling crates of stolen assault rifles to an equally nefarious looking villain, likely at an abandoned airfield or deserted road somewhere. The buyer inspects the weapons, a suitcase full of cash trades hands and then - depending on the movie plot - they get ready to go their separate ways and the good guys swoop in and catch them both. Once again, the world is saved from the forces of evil and we all live happily ever after.

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Kinney Law Office completes successful mission to Guyana

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I have been representing Kinney Law Office as part of a U.S. State Department project to support the Guyanese Ministry of Natural Resources with development of their petroleum legal, regulatory and fiscal regime. Since April 2016, I have been providing legal and regulatory advisory support for the Ministry on aspects of petroleum policy and governance. The most recent mission to Guyana took place over the week of September 11-16th and included several meetings with Guyanese government representatives and U.S. State Department officials.

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Kinney Law Office joins World Trade Center Denver

Kinney Law Office is excited to announce that it has joined the World Trade Center Denver as a corporate member. “This new membership will expand the firm’s capabilities to support clients with international business interests,” said firm owner Ben Kinney. “The firm already has substantial experience working in the international energy sector and I believe the expansion into international trade and business through the contacts with the WTCD [World Trade Center Denver] will provide exciting new opportunities for our clients,” he said.

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Defining Wind Rights in Wyoming

Defining Wind Rights in Wyoming - 2009 (Download)

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Executive Summary - Defining Wind Rights in Wyoming

Executive Summary - Defining Wind Rights in Wyoming - 2009 (Download)

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What happens in Wyoming . . . happens other places too


For the past several years, the University of Wyoming School of Energy Resources and the College of Law have sponsored the “Landscape Discussion on Energy Law & Policy in the Rockies.” In this most recent edition on October 14, 2016, topics included: 1) Public Land States in the 21st Century; 2) an Update on Regional Energy/Natural Resources Litigation of Interest; and 3) Changing Energy Markets, A New Reality. As one of the leading energy producing states, Wyoming has been on the forefront of almost every issue in changing energy and natural resources policies. The conference provided an opportunity to learn from exceptional panels of attorneys, industry leaders and scholars about the impact that many of these issues will have on the future of Wyoming and on the rest of the country. The conference is typically scheduled for the fall, and I would highly recommend it for any attorney or industry representative looking for a broad overview of many important challenges in the energy industry.

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