Energy summit looks to fuel thought

4th annual energy event scheduled for May 12 to 14 in Craig


Kate Nowak, Yampa Valley Partners executive director, said the upcoming Fueling Thought Energy Summit will provide visitors with a local, national and global perspective on energy development.

“Energy is very near and dear to us, but it is only when we plug in our Blackberry or turn on our light that we expect it to be there,” she said.

The fourth annual Fueling Thought Energy Summit, hosted by Yampa Valley Partners, is scheduled for May 12 to 14.

The summit will focus on what is new and different in energy development, Nowak said.

“A lot of times, we go day in and day out with tunnel vision in our little communities and what is happening in our local mine or our local economic development,” she said. “What happens out there internationally does affect us here locally, eventually.”

Early bird registration to get discounted conference rates ends today.

A conference pass for May 13 and 14 costs $175 before Friday and $225 after.

Individual day passes also are available. An early bird pass for May 13 costs $125 and a May 14 pass costs $95.

After Friday, a May 13 pass costs $175 and a May 14 pass costs $145.

The highlight of the three-day event will be a presentation from keynote speaker Bob Wendling, an energy consultant with 30 years of experience in the industry.

Wendling will present “Energy Myths and Energy Realities” at 7 p.m. May 13 at the Moffat County High School auditorium, 900 Finley Lane. There is no cost to attend the speech, but donations will be accepted.

The energy summit will start with the Northwest Colorado Energy Producers dinner. The dinner is set for 6:30 p.m. May 12 at the Holiday Inn of Craig, 300 S. Colorado Highway 13, and costs $50 to attend.

Gene Trisko, an attorney with experience in climate change, will give a global view of energy and the future of national legislative and regulatory energy initiatives.

May 13 will offer 11 presentations about subjects such as mining technology and management, the oil and gas technology and market, regional resources, and energy in the future.

The presentations will take place at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion, 750 E. Fourth St.

Those presenting May 13 include:

■ Stuart Sanderson, Color­ado Mining Association president, will monitor a roundtable consisting of several area mine managers and representatives. Mining technology and management will be discussed.

■ Don McClure, vice president of government and stakeholder relations for EnCana, will speak about the natural gas industry in Colorado and across the nation.

■ Tom Price, vice president of marketing and business development for the El Paso Corporation’s western pipeline group, will give a presentation about the proposed Ruby Pipeline Project.

■ Gary Brannan, Moffat County weed and pest director, will give a presentation about the Northwest Colorado weed partnership.

■ Tom Sharp, a Steamboat Springs attorney, will give a presentation about the Yampa River.

■ Keith Igoe, chief marketing officer for Colorado Forest and Energy, will give a presentation about biomass energy development.

■ Dick Welle, general manager of White River Electric Association, who will give a presentation about his association and energy development in the Piceance Basin.

■ Andy Schroder, general director of logistics and demand of Union Pacific’s energy business group, will give a presentation about the Colorado coal network and the economy-shaping coal demand.

■ Mac McLennan, senior vice president of external affairs and member relations for Tri-State, will give a presentation about the impacts of potential climate regulation on the utility industry.

■ Wayne Rowe, of Schlum­berger Carbon Services, will give a presentation about carbon capturing and storage.

May 14 will offer six presentations about subjects such as renewable energies and state energy issues. Those presenting May 14 include:

■ Matt Rush, business manager for Chevron Energy Solutions, will give a presentation about geothermal heating solutions and the current geothermal project at Colorado Northwestern Community College in Craig.

■ Beth Chacon, environmental policy relations manager for Xcel Energy, will give a presentation about Xcel’s environmentally-friendly energy development.

■ Angie Fyfe, local programs manager for the Governor’s Energy Office, will give a presentation about state programs to help local governments, businesses and residents reduce energy consumption.

■ Vince Matthews, a state geologist and director of the Colorado Geological Survey, will give a presentation about carbon sequestration potential in Colorado and a sequestration project in Craig.

■ Susan Kirkpatrick, executive director of the Colorado Department of Local Affairs, will give a presentation about DOLA investments in the Yampa Valley since 1980.

■ Audrey Danner, a Moffat County commissioner, will moderate a legislative panel with five state senators and representatives about energy politics of the past, present and future.

After the presentations, participants can play in a golf scramble, tour Trapper mine, the Craig Station power plant, or participate in an energy efficiency tour.


kathy foos 6 years, 12 months ago

I see on the recent news how horribly wrong the oil and gas regulations can go in our offshore drilling.That is the problem,these companys get turned loose to operate without anyone to give safety oversite.The companys police themselves,and when tragic accidents like the oil tank exposion that happened in Routt National Forest in 2007 occurs,the press blames the victims ,when there are no laws protecting the public, like requiring danger signs or fencing on these sites that are bombs waiting to go off and kill your children.There have been 36 children die in this way in the recent past.One in Texas the month before June 2007 when the Routt explosion occurred,,two more in Miss. last Halloween,more this monthj in Oklahoma.In Miss. the school classmates demanded answers from the CSB,chemical safety and hazard bureau,they did an investigation and released a public awareness video to educate the public as to the danger and deaths.The Routt county situation was named in the National News(CNN ,New york Times,etc)it came out April 13 and this area didnt even mention the story,the death of the Colo.youths were in the top three examples .The video should be shown in all the schools and fire depts.You have more of these time bomb oil tanks in the forest waiting to kill your kids.Please review the video(,oil site explosion investigation,No Place to Hang Out.)While you are discussing the oil and gas issues would you mind addressing SAFETY?Its killing people.Hope you have a nice day golfing.


kathy foos 6 years, 12 months ago

And just who will cover the Saftey issues?This is insane.I bet they do regulations in the Gulf now.


kathy foos 6 years, 12 months ago

Im just a little preturbed ,sorry,the whales and dolphins and fish and turtles and birds in the gulf are dying because of stupidity and greedy oil insustry.They are dying right now and will be for months.Where is the Safety?!


kathy foos 6 years, 12 months ago

How about I get a copy of the "No place to hang out video" and do a presentation about horrible safety related accidents?


kathy foos 6 years, 12 months ago

Sorry again,I used to be a Project Safety Officer in the union,we policed our construction jobs and wrote people up.Who is your Project Safety Officer?Whats the plan?You want to put all of this stuff up here?Show me the Safety ,not the money.


kathy foos 6 years, 12 months ago

Sen.Billy Hudson of Mississippi is sponsering a bill to make oil storage facititys be required to put up danger signs and fences.It is low cost and would deter juvenilles.He is getting alot of support,how about that for Colorado?


kathy foos 6 years, 12 months ago

I know that they arent using safety regulations as is required by the nature of oil,you havent looked into it or you wouldnt say that.None of the gulf rigs have a shut off valve installed.Its normal to do that and most other areas have them.We in our country just look the other way and say it its a necessary evil?We cant do anything about it?Yes we can,we can start by getting regulations straight for oil production,How about starting with fence and sign laws,thats cheap ,.what about the 36 kids that have died on these inland rigs?If there are signs and fences,blame the person who gets blown up hanging out around one,if there are not blame yourself as you care more for oil than the lives of people.I wonder how many people die bringing you that oil that you love?If anyone cares about explosions killing people and fish,dont just let it all happen as a fact of life,Just remember that in Colorado you have your own disasters brewing,whether you know it or turn your head away.Dont count on this paper to educate you,too controversial..They are drilling that oil in the gulf for money,not me.I see we need to get away from it,do you?Lets hope that they cap off that nightmare they created for us(ha) in the gulf,and the oil slick does not take 3 months to stop the flow,could you see it spread around the globe?Scary.They might just be ruining the world?Its already to Florida ,it will be to the Mediteranian soon?Where will it go next,what is going on in the ocean underneath the tar?Tell the fish that the oil companys are just doing it for us.


kathy foos 6 years, 12 months ago

The olds wells in the national forest are or were unsigned and fenced(swimming pools even do this)The oil and gas commision didnt have jurisdiction for safety over them,BLM doesnt make them sign and fence if they tried they did a bad job,Forest Service doesnt makesafety any priority,they just take the money every month,they knew it was being used by the public like it was the night of the explosions, long before those kids that died were ever born and did nothing.Hunting is allowed right at the area, if desired(a 22 shot can travel a mile and a half easily.)Hiking ,biking,you name it.The forest is a wilderness area and the oil companys regulate them selves in our forest?They regulated themselves in the Gulf by not installing the blowout valve like the rest of the world does,oil industry policing themselves again.Most of the rest of the remaining wells in the gulf dont have them either,thats why Obama stopped the permits to make sure they get it right I hope.I figure that people that want to place more oil junk in the woods need to be held responsible for the safety.I hope the forest service learned their lesson,like I said this explosion was not unique and its still happening all of the time to children,even in residential neighborhoods,check out the video I mentioned,I asked the pilot to run the story and they didnt.If another one blows from a new child in the forest at least I wont feel that I didnt try to warn you.The courts ruled the boys trespassers,why couldnt someone give them a ticket for trespassing?No one to do that.Thats the problem.Judge,I dont think you can rule it trespassing when trespassing was constantly allowed by those in control.Am I wrong?


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