2013 Field Program

The Institute conducted a Government Field Program in August 2013 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 5th in Denver, Colorado. The Program concluded on Saturday, August 10th.

At each site visited, 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 2013 Field Program represented 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


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Day 1:  Monday, August 5
7:00 AM Orientation Breakfast, Hotel Monaco (Denver)
Briefing on Colorado's Energy Situation by Tom Sladek, EMF
9:30 Tour Xcel Energy Dispatch Center (Denver)
11:30 Tour Vestas Nacelle Assembly Plant (Brighton)
2:00 PM Tour J.M. Shafer Generating Station (Ft. Lupton)
6:30 Group Dinner, Embassy Suites (Loveland)
Briefing on Geology 101 by Jim Burnell, Mineral Strategies LLC
Day 2:  Tuesday, August 6
7:00 AM Group Breakfast, Embassy Suites
Briefing on Petroleum E&P – Technology and Trends by Duane Zavadil, Bill Barrett Corp
9:00 Tour drilling rig (Greeley area)
11:00 Bus to Gypsum
2:00 PM Tour American Gypsum mine and wallboard Plant
5:00 Bus to Hot Springs Lodge (Glenwood Springs)
Dinner On Our Own (Subsidized by EMFI)
Day 3:  Wednesday, August 7
6:00 AM Group Breakfast, Hot Springs Lodge
6:30 Bus to Somerset
8:00 Tour West Elk, Elk Creek, Bowie #2 underground coal mines
11:30 Lunch and Discussion, West Elk Mine
1:00 PM Bus to Cimarron
2:00 Tour Morrow Point Dam and Power Plant
3:30 Bus over Grand Mesa to La Quinta Inn & Suites (Rifle)
7:00 Group Dinner, La Quinta
Day 4:  Thursday, August 8
7:00 AM Group Breakfast, La Quinta
7:30 Bus to Craig
10:00 Tour Craig Generating Station
12:00 PM Lunch and Discussion, Trapper Mine
1:30 Tour Trapper Mine
3:00 Bus to Steamboat Springs Grand Hotel (Steamboat Springs)
Briefing on Unconventional Fuels by Tom Sladek, EMFI
5:30 Seminar on Whither Energy, Steamboat Grand
Facilitated by K. K. DuVivier, University of Denver
7:00 Group Dinner, Steamboat Grand
Day 5:  Friday, August 9
7:00 AM Group Breakfast, Steamboat Grand
8:00 Bus to Kremmling
9:00 Tour Confluence Energy wood pellet fuel plant
10:30 Bus to Rocky Mountain National Park
11:30 Ranger-Guided Tour of RMNP. Box Lunch at the Alpine Visitor Center
6:00 PM Group Dinner, The Stanley Hotel (Estes Park)
Day 6:  Saturday, August 10
8:00 AM Group Breakfast and Debriefing, The Stanley Hotel
10:00 Bus to Denver International Airport
12:00 PM Bus from DIA to downtown Denver
1:00 Bus to Golden
2:00 Over and out

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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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