RMAG April Short Course







Oil and Gas Law for Geologists 


   Ralph A. Cantafio

  April 11-12, 2018

  8:30am-4:00pm with lunch provided

Check in starts at 8:00am.

  The Denver Place - Atrium Conference Room (999 Eighteenth Street, Denver, Colorado 80202)

  Member Price - $300

Non-Member Price - $350

Student/Unemployed Price - $150 (SOLD OUT) (Registrations at this price are limited and on a first-come, first-serve basis to full-time students and current RMAG members. To register, please download the registration form found at the bottom of this page and turn it into the RMAG office with a copy of your student id.)


 Online registration closes April 9, 2018.

Day-of Event registrations are now available. You may register for this event at the door for an additional $50.00 ($350 for members, $400 for non-members). Payment for day of event registrations must be received at the door. Cash, credit cards or check accepted. Course materials will be available as a PDF Download. You will receive notification when available before the start of the course. Day of event registrants will be given a link to download the PDF. Please bring a device to download the PDF.

Refunds for the April Short Course are only available until March 29, 2018.
Refunds for all RMAG technical and social events, except luncheons, are only available up to two weeks before the event date. If you are unable to attend, your registration for all RMAG events are transferable. RMAG members may transfer their registration to another RMAG member, and non-members can transfer their registrations to whomever they wish. Should an RMAG member wish to transfer their registration to a non-member, the non-member would need to pay the balance between the member and non-member price.

Day-of-event registrations are non-transferable, and non-refundable.



Petroleum geologists play a vital role in oil discovery, and a diverse cross-section of upstream activities, but often possess only a dim understanding of the often parallel legal process that is advancing simultaneously with the work being done by their professional counterparts. This short-course aims to provide a sound legal foundation to these scientists focusing on the issues that arise impacting the oil and gas industry.

Oil and Gas Law for Geologists will address essential factual, legal, regulatory, political and legislative issues to provide a more broad-based appreciation and awareness of these issues to equip the learner and his or her organization for more efficient business and work product management in light of the significant legal challenges that arise in the exploration and production of oil and gas.  An objective of this class is to not make petroleum geologists into lawyers, but to provide a broader understanding of how the legal process impacts the identification and development of oil and gas assets. 

This course will examine the legal theories upon what the oil and gas industry has utilized and applied, methods for acquiring developmental rights, review basic contracts and agreements customarily used in the oil and gas industry, analyze the fundamentals of oil and gas permitting, and examine the subtleties of property and mineral ownership. There will be considerable attention dedicated to reviewing and understanding legal theory, contracts, deeds, and a wide array of agreements typically used in permitting, the entitlement process, and development of oil and gas assets.

Students will be exposed to the essentials necessary for organizations to draft, negotiate, implement, and secure land-use approvals, lending the petroleum geologist a better appreciation as to how their discipline works into the greater scheme of the oil and gas industry.  The instructor will provide case studies, use PowerPoint presentations, and allow for open discussion as learning tools used in this course. 


About the Speaker

Ralph A. Cantafio - Partner and Attorney, Cantafio Hammond, P.C.

With an extensive history in law and knowledge of the Oil and Gas industry, Ralph practices oil and gas law in Alaska, Colorado, North Dakota, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming. Not only is Ralph a shareholder of a law firm, with offices located in Denver and Steamboat Springs, Colorado, that emphasizes oil and gas law, but he is also an adjunct professor teaching oil and gas related classes. Ralph currently teaches in the Global Energy Management Program taught at the University of Colorado Denver. Mr. Cantafio has also lectured foreign professionals, primarily from Nigeria and China, focusing on international oil and gas law, industry, as well as international natural resources law.

His education includes not only a Juris Doctorate from the University of Colorado School of Law but a Master of Science in Mineral Economics from the prestigious Colorado School of Mines and a Master of Science in Global Energy Management from the University of Colorado-Denver, where he now teaches. With two professional oil and gas certificates in Petroleum Land Management and Energy Finance from the University of Denver, numerous professional affiliations and publications as well as numerous industry presentations, Ralph’s knowledge of the oil and gas industry is extensive.

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