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Summer Field Program - August 7-12, 2006

Trip Summary - Participants - Evaluations - Photos - October Reunion

The Institute conducted a Summer Field Program in August 2006 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 7, at the Golden Hotel, in Golden, Colorado and concluded on Saturday, August 12 in Farmington, New Mexico.

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

Invited Participants

The 2006 Field Program included 22 individuals, each representing a federal or state government entity directly related to energy development and policy making. 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 policy makers. Participants were invited from selected agencies and organizations which have specific responsibilities for energy-related policies, including :

  • Federal Executive Departments (e.g. DOI, USFS)
  • Congressional and Executive Agencies (e.g. CRS, OMB, GAO, OSTP)
  • Congressional Committees
  • Congressional Delegations of the states visited (selected)
  • Governors' Offices and Legislators of the states visited
  • Appropriate State Agencies of the states visited
  • County and City representatives from impacted communities.


  • Monday, August 7
    • National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, Colorado
    • NREL Wind Power Laboratory, Golden, Colorado
    • Lodging - Hotel Colorado, Glenwood Springs, Colorado
  • Tuesday, August 8
    • Oil shale R&D project, Shell E&P Mahogany Project, Colorado
    • Tight gas sands drilling rig, Rifle, Colorado
    • Energy Issue Discussion, Battlement Mesa, Colorado
    • Lodging - Hotel Colorado, Glenwood Springs, Colorado
  • Wednesday, August 9
    • Underground coal mine, Elk Creek, West Elk, and Bowie #2 mines, Somerset, Colorado
    • Morrow Point Dam & Power Plant, Cimarron, Colorado
    • Lodging - Ouray, Colorado
  • Thursday, August 10
    • Red Willow Production Company (Southern Ute Tribe), Ignacio, Colorado
    • Talk and visit to Animas-La Plata project, Durango, Colorado
    • Lodging - Far View Lodge, Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado
  • Friday, August 11
    • Tour of Mesa Verde National Park
    • Navajo Mine (surface coal mine), Farmington, New Mexico
    • Electrical generating station, Four Corners Power Plant, Farmington, New Mexico
    • Lodging - Farmington, New Mexico
  • Saturday, August 12
    • Issue discussion on energy development with invited speakers
    • Program Wrap-Up
    • Departure from Four Corners Regional Airport, Farmington, New Mexico or return by bus to Golden

EMFI Field Guide Articles for participants to read in advance of trip:


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