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2010 Government Field Program
August 16-21, 2010

Trip Summary - Participants - Evaluations - Photos

The Institute conducted a Government Field Program in August 2010 for selected audiences from the federal and state government. While the resource emphasis was on energy, addressing a wide range of energy resources and their potential contributions to the Nation's energy supply, attention was also given to the "energy/ minerals nexus;' identifying the critical interrelationships that exist between energy and other mineral resources.

The Field Program began on Monday, August 16th, at the Hotel Monaco in downtown Denver, Colorado. The Program concluded on Saturday, August 21st.

Preliminary reading materials included:

Tight Gas Sands
Bill Barrett & Gibson Gulch
Hydraulic Fracturing
Oil Shale
Coal Mining Methods
Electricity & Power Plants
Carbon Capture & Storage

At each site, participants were introduced to the geologic, technical, economic, environmental, social, institutional, and political aspects of production. When possible, meetings were arranged with community groups, environmental organizations, professional societies, and others impacted by current or proposed resource development.

Invited Participants
Attendance on the 2010 Field Program included 23 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
  • Federal Agencies and Offices (e.g. OMB, OSTP)
  • Congressional Agencies (e.g. CBO, CRS, GAO)
  • Congressional Committees (selected)
  • Congressional Delegations of the States Visited (selected)
  • Governors Offices of the States Visited
  • Appropriate Government Entities in the States Visited

Tuition for the 2010 Government Field Program was $15,000 per participant; however, the financial support from government sponsors enabled the Institute to offer scholarships to a number of federal and state organizations. Participants were responsible for making their own travel arrangements to the program's point of departure and returning from the program's ending location. All direct expenses for meals, lodging, and transportation (during the program) were provided by the Institute, though participants were responsible for all personal expenses incurred during the trip.

The EMFI contacted all of the selected government organizations and offices in May, 2010, requesting one (1) nominee and one (1) alternate to participate in the Field Program. Forms were provided to solicit all pertinent information about the participants. Registration forms were returned to the EMFI by June 30, 2010 to ensure a position on the Program.

2010 Itinerary

Day 1:  Monday 16 August
7:00 AM Orientation breakfast, Hotel Monaco, Denver
9:00 Tour Xcel Energy Dispatch Center, Nick Detmer host
11:00 Seminar and lunch at Colorado Governor’s Energy Office
1. Matt Futch, CGEO: Colorado’s Energy Plans and Programs
2. Nick Muller, Colorado Independent Energy Association: The Role of Independent Energy Developers
1:30 Tour Plains End Power Plant, Golden
3:00 Bus to Glenwood Springs
5:30 Arrive Hot Springs Lodge, Group dinner
Day 2:  Tuesday 17 August
7:30 AM Breakfast briefing, Hot Springs Lodge
1. Duane Zavadil, Bill Barrett Corp.: Production of Natural Gas from Tight Sands
8:40 Bus to Silt, Colorado
9:00 Tour gas drilling rig; Duane Zavadil, host
11:00 Bus to Battlement Mesa Activity Center
11:30 Lunch & panel discussion on energy development opportunities & issues
1. Keith Lambert, Mayor of Rifle, Colorado: Energy Booms & Busts
2. Allen Crockett, USBLM Colorado River Valley Field Office: Energy Policy Act of 2005, Section 365 Pilot Project
3. Glenn Vawter, National Oil Shale Association: Status and Importance of Oil Shale
4. Vince Matthews, Colorado Geological Survey: The Question of Coal
2:00 PM Bus to Rifle's Energy Innovation Center and solar powered wastewater reclamation facility
3:30 Bus to Glenwood Springs
Day 3:  Wednesday 18 August
6:00 AM Group breakfast
6:30 Bus to Somerset, Colorado
8:00 Tour underground coal mines. Hosts: Sherry Wilson (West Elk), Rob Thurman (Elk Creek), Jim Abshire (Bowie #2)
11:00 Lunch and discussion, West Elk Mine
1:00 PM Bus to Rifle via the Grand Mesa
6:00 Group dinner and overnight at La Quinta Inn & Suites
Day 4:  Thursday 19 August
6:30 AM Group breakfast
7:30 Bus to Trapper Coal Mine, Craig, Colorado
9:00 Tour Trapper Mine. Forrest Luke, host
11:30 Lunch at Trapper Mine
12:30 PM Tour TSG&T's Craig Power Station. Marv Weible & Bob Baca, hosts
3:00 Bus to Steamboat Springs, Colorado
6:00 Group dinner at Steamboat Grand Hotel
Jim Burnell, CGS: Resource Constraints on Alternative Energy Development
Vince Matthews, CGS: The Global Scramble for Natural Resources
Day 5:  Friday 20 August
7:00 AM Group breakfast
8:00 Bus to Kremmling, Colorado
9:00 Tour Confluence Energy's wood pellet fuel plant. Mark Mathis, host
10:30 Bus to Rocky Mountain National Park
11:30 Bus tour through Rocky Mountain National Park to Estes Park, Judy Visty, host
1:30 PM Tour Estes Power Plant, USBuRec. Kerry McCalman and Kara Lamb, hosts
3:30 Bus to Stanley Hotel, Estes Park
6:00 Group dinner and overnight at Stanley Hotel
Day 6:  Saturday 21 August
8:00 AM Group breakfast at Stanley Hotel. EMFI Wrap-up
10:00 Bus to Denver International Airport
11:30 Arrive DIA
12:00 PM Bus to downtown Denver
12:45 Bus to Golden

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