Thursday, October 10
Tour 1. Oil and Gas Clashes With Human Development and Public Lands
Thursday, October 10
9:30 am - 5:00 pm


  • Bobby Magill (Tour Leader) Reporter, Bloomberg Environment, and SEJ President
  • Jason Plautz (Tour Leader) Reporter, Freelance Writer
  • Patricia Nelson (Speaker) Local Activist
  • Gabrielle Petron (Speaker) Research Scientist, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, University of Colorado Boulder
  • Jim Ramey (Speaker) Colorado State Director, The Wilderness Society
  • Craig Rasmuson (Speaker) Executive Vice President, SRC Energy
  • Kathleen Sgamma (Speaker) President, Western Energy Alliance
  • Shirley Smithson (Speaker) Holistic Health Instructor, Private Business and Front Range Community College


(5:30 a.m. departure, $45 fee, lunch included)

This tour is full. If you wish to be put on the waiting list, contact Kevin Beaty.

Due to weather conditions, the sunrise hike and visit to NOAA has been cancelled.

Drilling rigs have become as much a part of the landscape of northern Colorado as the panoramic views of the Rockies. Residents in the far suburbs of Denver and Greeley live with one foot in the booming Colorado tech and tourism economy, and the other in an oil and gas industrial zone. On this tour, we’ll start with a sunrise hike on the Pawnee National Grassland to see public lands forever changed by fossil fuel development. We’ll also visit a fracking site and travel to a Denver suburb to see firsthand how residents live and work sometimes steps away from active wells. The day will end with a beer and the chance to talk with residents and scientists who can explain fracking’s environmental and health costs. Total drive time: 5 hours. Good for those looking for some exercise.

Advance registration is required for all Thursday tours. Attendance on each tour is strictly limited, so registering early is important. All Thursday tours will return to the Lory Student Center at about 5:00 p.m.

IMPORTANT DEPARTURE INFORMATION: Please meet your tour leaders near the SEJ registration desk on the third floor of the Lory Student Center at the listed departure time to check-in for your tour. Eat breakfast at your hotel before arrival or plan to purchase breakfast at the Lory Student Center food court, which opens at 7:00 a.m.; coffee and snacks will be provided for tours that depart before the food court opens. Each tour will leave the ballroom as a group to board buses at a nearby location. Do not be late.

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