2012 Field Program

The Institute conducted a Government Field Program in August 2012 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 given to identifying the critical interrelationships that exist between energy and other mineral resources, such as rare earth elements.

The Field Program began on Monday, August 13th in Denver, Colorado. The Program concluded on Saturday, August 18th.

At each site, participants were introduced to the geologic, technical, economic, environmental, social, institutional, and political aspects of energy and mineral production. Meetings were arranged with community groups, and others impacted by current or proposed resource development.


Participants in the 2012 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

Preliminary Reading Material

Participants in the Program were provided with selected reading material prior to commencement of the Program.

CRS Report on Carbon Capture
CRS Report -- EPA Rule on Coal Emissions (MACT)
J Burnell Critical and Strategic Minerals
J Burnell REE Publication
J Burnell REE Review (Powerpoint)
NAS-Stanford Sequestration Earthquakes
NRC Induced Seismic Report
T Sladek Oil Shale Summary


Day 1:  Monday, August 13
7:00 AM Breakfast briefing, Denver
      Introductions, equipment, rules of the road
      Presentation on energy production and use in Colorado
  Tour Xcel Energy Dispatch Center – Denver
  Tour Vestas Wind Systems factory – Brighton
  Tour Gas-Fired Power Plant
  Group dinner
  Overnight lodging – Greeley
Day 2:  Tuesday, August 14
  Tour Bill Barrett Corp Gas Drilling Rig – Greeley Area
  Ranger-guided tour and discussion – Rocky Mountain National Park
  Group dinner
  Overnight lodging – Steamboat Springs
Day 3:  Wednesday, August 15
  Tour Trapper surface coal mine – Craig
  Tour Craig Generating Station – Craig
  Luncheon Discussion
  Discussion of local government concerns and oil shale – Battlement Mesa
  Group dinner
  Overnight lodging – Glenwood Springs
Day 4:  Thursday, August 16
  Tour West Elk, Elk Creek,& Bowie #2 underground coal mines - Somerset
  Lunch and discussion, West Elk Mine
  Tour Curecanti National Recreation Area and Hydroelectric Facilities
  Group dinner
  Overnight lodging – Ouray
Day 5:  Friday, August 17
  Breakfast briefing
  Tour of uranium production sites – Naturita/Nucla
  Program Wrap-Up – moderated discussion
  Group dinner
  Overnight lodging – Gateway
Day 6:  Saturday, August 18
  Concluding remarks
  Bus to Grand Junction Airport
  Bus returns to Golden and and Denver

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Further Information

For additional information concerning the Energy and Minerals Field Institute, please contact:

Energy and Minerals Field Institute
Colorado School of Mines
Golden, Colorado 80401 USA

Phone: 303.279.5563
Fax: 303.277.8683
Email: emfi@mines.edu

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