FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (June 14, 2017 | Grand Junction, CO) – The Grand Junction Economic Partnership (GJEP) and the Unconventional Energy Center at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, Colo., are headed to Washington D.C. next week to present the findings of a recently released study titled “The Piceance to the Pacific – The Economic Advantage the Piceance Basin Has Over Other North American Shale Plays” (download it here). The study is an updated analysis of a report by the same name published in April 2016 on manufacturing potential in Western Colorado’s Mancos Shale Energy Reserves.

GJEP and the Unconventional Energy Center will present the study findings in concert with the Colorado Capital Conference June 21-23. The organizations are scheduled to meet with high-ranking officials with Departments of State and Interior, as well as the Bureau of Land Management and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

The effort is supported and coordinated with the office of U.S. Senator Cory Garner (R-Colo.). In addition to discussing the study, the meetings will highlight Western Colorado’s role in the global trade of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), methanol and other Colorado energy export products.

“Western Colorado has transitioned from an energy exploration region to a three-million-acre energy manufacturing facility,” said Kristi Pollard, Executive Director of the Grand Junction Economic Partnership.  “At this point, the equation is about driving down costs and finding new markets.”

Derek Wager of the Unconventional Energy Center added, “The Center’s task is to support and grow the energy sector’s role in the regional economy by stabilizing commodity cycles that wreak havoc on energy-producing communities in Colorado’s Grand Valley. The ‘Piceance to the Pacific’ analysis provides a roadmap for energy manufacturing that is tied to larger and longer supply contracts, helping our customers and communities plan for the future, and helping higher education institutions like Colorado Mesa University develop a future workforce up for the task.”


About the Colorado Mesa University Unconventional Energy Center

The Unconventional Energy Center was established in response to a community driven process which identified the need to establish Mesa County as an epicenter of energy innovation. The primary focus of the Center is on applied undergraduate research projects that help unconventional energy development practitioners with regulatory predictability, reducing operating costs, increasing the effectiveness of extraction and reducing impacts on the environment. Visit for more information.