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The Mineral Rights Podcast: Mineral Rights | Royalties | Oil and Gas | Matt Sands

May 20, 2021

Many of you may recognize today's guest from the Mineral Rights Forum and her involvement with the National Association of Royalty Owners (NARO).  I'm referring to Martha Barnes who is an amazing person that has generously helped hundreds if not thousands of people on the forum and through her work with NARO.

In this episode, Martha shares some amazing tips for all mineral owners, whether you are just starting out or are a seasoned professional.  And despite the fact that she is an experienced geologist and oil and gas industry vet, when it came time to take over the management of her families mineral rights, she realized that there was still a lot to learn.  Listen how her involvement with NARO helped her bridge that knowledge gap and some of the helpful things that the organization is doing to empower mineral and royalty owners.

Martha Creager Barnes is an owner and managing partner at Santa Clara Minerals, LLC which manages mineral rights for private mineral owners.  Prior to starting SCM, she was an exploration and production geologist for Marathon Oil Company for nearly 29 years.  Martha grew up in New Mexico and is a third-generation geologist and a fourth-generation mineral owner.  She has a BA in Geology and Managerial Studies from Rice University, a MS in Geology from the University of South Carolina and is a Registered Geologist with the Texas Board of Professional Geoscientists (TBPG) and a Certified Geologist with the American Association of Petroleum Geoscientists (AAPG).  She is a Certified Minerals Manager with the National Association of Royalty Owners (NARO) and currently serves as a Director on the OK NARO Board and the US NARO Board.  She is a member of AAPG, HGS, and AAPL. 

As always, you can find the show notes with links to resources mentioned in this episode at