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You can be: a royalty owner or an unleased royalty owner and a working interest owner too. I recommend that you never become a working interest owner due to the UNLIMITED risk. Hopefully, that answers your question.
What's the easiest, least expensive way to cease being a working interest owner of an inherited interest?
In what state is the interest located?
If you want to cease being a working interest owner, see if you can sell your ownership to the operator; however, they will most likely try to buy it cheap from you. Good luck
Like they said, selling is likely your best option. I know some companies who purchase non-op working interests, so send me a message and we can discuss further.
Rusk County, Texas.