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Letter: Smith’s important work

One of NARO Colorado’s members forwarded to our board a link to a letter published in the Post Independent written by Mary Ellen Denomy. Denomy “put forward a few facts” about NARO Colorado President Michelle Smith.

I appreciate the opportunity to expand on the facts that pertain Michelle as a landman and what she has done for mineral and royalty interest owners. For 24 years she has worked for a Colorado family who owns mineral, working, and royalty interests in Colorado. These are private property interests.

Additionally she has consulted with and negotiated innumerable leases for the benefit of private individuals and families, adding value in those negotiations that they could not have gotten for themselves. Her extensive contacts and unimpeachable integrity in the industry have made that possible. There is nothing wrong with that.

Landmen with years of experience, like Michelle, who specialize in helping private individuals and families unfamiliar with leasing are the best defense against getting a bad lease.

It is difficult to understand why Denomy chose to deride the Smith’s farming operation in Elbert County. But let me put her mind to rest. It is true, they sell goats, eggs, chickens and beef. And trade goat milk. The Smiths are fortunate to have a one-year backlog of customers who are confident in the integrity of the products that they produce.

NARO Colorado applauds the public information campaign supporting responsible development of oil and gas that Michelle participated in.

Denomy must hope that in the future she never sees a letter to the editor that starts out “I would like to put forward a few facts” about her.

Again, the NARO Colorado board expresses gratitude to the Garfield County commissioners and the County Planning Department for working with Ursa and the community to ensure the safe and responsible development of minerals in the Battlement Mesa PUD.


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