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Summer Field Program - August 11-16, 2008

Trip Summary - Participants - Evaluations - Photos

The Institute conducted a Government Field Program in August 2008 for selected audiences from the federal and state government.  The resource emphasis for the program included energy, though attention was given to other mineral resources as well.  A wide range of energy resources was included and their respective strengths and weaknesses as contributors to the Nation’s future energy supply were addressed.

The 2008 Government Field Program began on Monday, August 11, at the Golden Hotel in Golden, Colorado and concluded on Saturday, August 16, in Grand Junction, Colorado.

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

Preliminary reading materials included:

The itinerary for this trip was as follows:

Monday, August 11

  • Kick-Off Breakfast – Golden, Colorado
  • Tour of Henderson Molybdenum Mine – Empire, Colorado
  • Lodging – Hot Springs Lodge, Glenwood Springs, Colorado

Tuesday, August 12

  • Tight Gas Sands Drilling Rig – Silt, Colorado
  • Community Impact Discussion – Battlement Mesa, Colorado
  • Tour of Glenwood Caves & Dinner
  • Lodging – Hot Springs Lodge, Glenwood Springs, Colorado

Wednesday, August 12

  • Tour of underground coal mines – Somerset, Colorado
  • Tour of Morrow Point Hydroelectric Station – Cimarron, Colorado
  • Lodging – Victorian Inn, Ouray, Colorado

Thursday, August 13

  • Native American energy development presentations – Fort Lewis College, Durango, Colorado
  • Tour of Animas-LaPlata Project
  • VIP tour of Mesa Verde National Park
  • Lodging – Far View Lodge, Mesa Verde National Park

Friday, August 14

  • Tour of New Horizon coal mine and Nucla Generating Station
  • Discussion of nuclear energy development and uranium production
  • Lodging – Gateway Canyon Resort, Gateway, Colorado

Saturday, August 15

  • Program Wrap-up and Evaluation
  • Depart from Grand Junction Airport
  • Bus returns to Golden, Colorado


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