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Summer Field Program - August 9 - 14, 2004

Trip Summary - Participants - Evaluations - Photos

The Institute conducted a Summer Field Program in August 2004 for selected audiences from the federal and state government. The resource emphasis for the program was energy -- specifically addressing a wide range of energy resources and candidly addressing their respective strengths and weaknesses as contributors to the Nation's future energy supply.

The Summer Field Program began on Monday, August 9, at the Golden Hotel, in Golden, Colorado. The Program concluded on Saturday, August 14 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

At each site visited, participants were introduced to the geologic, technical, economic, environmental, social, institutional, and political aspects of production.

Financial Support

The Energy & Minerals Field Institute wishes to thank the following agencies and organizations for their generous financial support of the 2004 Field Program:

  • Colorado Energy Research Institute
  • Bureau of Indian Affairs
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • Bureau of Reclamation
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • U.S. Forest Service
  • U.S. Geological Survey

Invited Participants

The 2004 Field Program included 22 individuals, each representing a federal or state government entity directly related to energy development and policymaking. (See the "Summary" link above for a list of the participants.) The benefits of attendance included gaining fundamental knowledge, networking with other professionals in the field, establishing contacts with corporate representatives, and sharing insights and points of view with other policymakers. Participants were invited from selected agencies and organizations which have specific responsibilities for energy-related policies, including :

  • Federal Executive Departments (e.g. DOE, DOI, EPA, USFS)
  • Congressional and Executive Agencies (e.g. CRS, OMB, GAO, OSTP)
  • Congressional Committees (3 House and 3 Senate)
  • Congressional Delegations of the States Visited (selected)
  • Governors' Offices of the States Visited
  • Appropriate State Agencies of the States Visited


Monday, August 9

  • Kickoff Breakfast at the Golden Hotel in Golden, Colorado
  • Tour of National Renewable Energy Laboratory and related facilities
  • Lunch
  • NREL Wind Power Lab
  • Oil Shale presentation by Shell Exploration & Production Company
  • Bus to Glenwood Springs, Colorado
  • Meal and lodging at the historic Hotel Colorado

Tuesday, August 10

  • Breakfast in Glenwood Springs
  • Bus to Somerset, Colorado
  • Tour of Elk Creek coal mine (Oxbow Mining Company)
  • Lunch at Elk Creek mine
  • Presentation by Gunnison Energy on coalbed methane development
  • Bus to Cimarron, Colorado
  • Tour Morrow Point Dam & Power Plant
  • Bus to Ouray, Colorado - meal & lodging

Wednesday, August 11

  • Breakfast in Ouray, Colorado
  • Bus to Ignacio, Colorado
  • Presentation by Red Williow Production Company
  • Lunch, Southern Ute Tribal Casino
  • Bus to Aztec, New Mexico area
  • Tour Burlington Resources drilling & production operations
  • Barbecue dinner along the San Juan river
  • Bus to Farmington, New Mexico
  • Meal and lodging in Farmington

Thursday, August 12

  • Breakfast in Farmington, New Mexico
  • Bus to Waterflow, New Mexico
  • Tour Navajo Mine, BHP Billiton
  • Lunch at Four Corners Power Plant
  • Tour Four Corners Power Plant, Arizona Public Service
  • Bus to Gallup, New Mexico
  • Free time to shop - dinner on your own
  • Native American dancing exhibitions, downtown Gallup

Friday, August 13

  • Breakfast in Gallup, New Mexico
  • Bus to Crown Point, New Mexico area
  • Tour Hydro Resources' In-Situ Uranium Mining Project
  • Bus to Grants, New Mexico
  • Lunch in Grants
  • Bus to Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Meal in Old Towne, Albuquerque

Saturday, August 14

  • Breakfast in Albuquerque
  • Bus to Rio Grande Nature Center State Park in Albuquerque
  • Presentations on energy development and environmental issues
  • Lunch in Albuquerque
  • Program Wrap-up
  • Bus to Albuquerque National Airport


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