Clinton Butler has been elected as President of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Royalty Owners (NARO), Texas Chapter. Butler, who formerly represented NARO as Vice President and a District 2 supervisor, is now taking the lead role of the only national organization that represents, solely and without compromise, the interests of oil and gas royalty owners.
Butler chairs Langley & Banack’s Energy, Oil and Gas Practice Group, a team of highly experienced oil and gas attorneys who manage all aspects of transaction and litigation-based legal solutions to oil and gas businesses and landowners. He is a 2004 graduate of Baylor University Law School, where he graduated with honors. The Butler family has had ranchland in Karnes County, located 50 miles southeast of San Antonio, since the 1800s.
“Having grown up around ranches where oil and gas mineral rights are prolific, I have seen first-hand how both businesses and landowners need an advocate to ensure their interests are represented,” said Butler, a sixth generation Texan. Butler added that NAROTexas seeks to protect the economic interests and promote the legal rights of oil and gas royalty owners throughout the state. Currently NAROTexas has nearly 1,200 members but Butler would like to see that number grow, considering the large number of royalty owners in the state.
It is estimated that Texas has more than 600,000 royalty owners that include farmers, ranchers, individuals and families who lease the mineral rights beneath their land and in turn receive royalties each year.
“It has been an honor serving as NAROTexas president the past two years, as I’ve had the pleasure of working with many talented people, among them Clinton Butler, who continues to bring fresh ideas for growth and advocacy to our organization,” said John Collier V, Past President of NAROTexas and Mineral Manager at Texas Pacific Land Corp.
NARO provides national and statewide support, education and empowerment to mineral and royalty owners. There are an estimated 12.5 million private owners of oil and gas mineral rights in the United States, and they are an integral part of the domestic oil and gas industry. By leasing mineral rights beneath their land, royalty owners become a valuable part of the energy cycle; allowing for more exploration, and assisting the forward progress of the industry in Texas and throughout the nation.
Langley & Banack has been representing mineral owners for more than 35 years. The firm’s energy, oil & gas attorneys manage all aspects of transaction and litigation-based oil and gas matters, including ownership, exploration, production, gathering and distribution of oil and gas.