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2009 Government Field Program Itinerary
August 10-15 , 2009

Trip Summary - Participants - Evaluations - Photos

The Institute conducted a Government Field Program in August 2009 for selected audiences from federal and state governments.  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 was addressed.

The 2009 EMFI Government Field Program began on Monday, August 10, with an orientation breakfast at the Hotel Monaco in Denver, Colorado.  Gary Baughman, Director of the EMFI and of CSM’s Office of Special Programs and Continuing Education, introduced the EMFI staff (Tom Sladek, Jim Proud, Dixie Termin, and Rachel des Cognets) and reviewed the rules of the road.

The 2009 Government Field Program began on Monday, August 10, at the Hotel Monaco in downtown Denver, Colorado and concluded on Saturday, August 15, in Grand Teton National Park near Jackson, Wyoming.

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:

Monday 10 August
7:00am Orientation breakfast.  Hotel Monaco (1717 Champa St, Denver 80202)
9:00 Tour of Xcel Energy Dispatch Center
11:00 Briefings at Colorado Governor’s Energy Office
  - Colorado’s energy supply & demand situation. Using recovery funds for energy enhancement (CGEO)
  -  Xcel’s plans and programs (Xcel Energy)
  - The role of independent energy developers (Cogentrix, Wartsila)
Noon Lunch
1:00pm Bus to Plains End Power Plant
1:30 Tour Plains End Power Plant
3:00 Bus to Glenwood Springs
5:30 Arrive Hot Springs Lodge, Glenwood Springs. Group dinner
Tuesday 11 August
7:30am Breakfast briefing, Hot Springs Lodge, Glenwood Springs
  - Production of natural gas from tight sands by Dwayne Zavadil, Bill Barrett Corp
8:40  Bus to Silt, Colorado
9:00 Tour Bill Barrett Corp. natural gas drilling rig
11:00 Bus to Battlement Mesa Activity Center
11:30 Lunch & discussion of energy development issues
  - Keith Lambert, Mayor of Rifle, Colorado
  - Steve Bennett, Glenwood Springs Energy Office, USBLM
  - Dwayne Zavadil, Bill Barrett Corp
  - Tom Sladek, EMFI staff
2:30pm Bus to Glenwood Springs
6:30 Dinner on your own with EMFI funds.  Overnight at Hot Springs Lodge
Wednesday 12 August
7:15am Group breakfast, Hot Springs Lodge, Glenwood Springs
8:00 Bus to Kremmling, Colorado
10:15 Tour Confluence Energy wood pellet plant
11:30 Bus to Craig, Colorado
1:00pm Lunch & tour TSG&T Craig Power Station
4:00 Bus to Craig Holiday Inn
6:00 Bus to dinner at Tin Cup Grill (Yampa Valley Golf Club)
Thursday 13 August
7:00am Group breakfast, Craig Holiday Inn
8:00 Bus to Trapper Coal Mine, Craig
8:30 Tour Trapper Mine
11:00 Lunch at Trapper Mine
12:00pm Bus to Dutch John, Utah
3:00 Tour Flaming Gorge Dam & Power Plant
5:00 Bus to Rock Springs, Wyoming
6:30 Lodging and Group dinner at Best Western Outlaw Inn, Rock Springs, Wyoming
Friday 14 August
7:00am Group breakfast, Outlaw Inn
8:00 Bus to Pinedale, Wyoming
10:00 Tour gas rigs & wells in Jonah Field & Pinedale Anticline
12:30pm Box lunch & discussion in Pinedale
1:30 Bus to Grand Teton National Park
6:00 Group dinner and overnight at Jackson Lake Lodge, GTNP
Saturday 15 August
8:30am Group breakfast at Jackson Lake Lodge.  Presentation by GTNP superintendent.  EMFI Wrapup.
10:30 Ranger-guided tour of GTNP
11:45 Arrive Jackson Hole Airport
12:30pm Bus to Golden
9:00 Arrive at Colorado School of Mines

NOTE: No flights from Jackson Airport should be scheduled prior to 1:00pm.

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