Mark Pearson

Position: Thinking Green

Take hard look before shale development

La Plata County has had gas and oil development for many decades. As a result, there have been both beneficial and harmful effects.Most of us would agree that the effect to funding the county...

DATE: Feb. 13, 2013 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

It’s not that new: Cracking the myth of fracking

Fracking is now a household term, albeit a very poorly understood one.Hydraulic fracturing is a technique used to promote the flow of fluid and gas to wells. It is even used in some water wells to...

DATE: Jan. 30, 2013 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

Does BHP grasp the mechanics of responsibility?

I have a mechanic I have taken vehicles to for many years now. I am loyal to my mechanic because he has always done right by me. Mechanics, like car salesmen, are known in caricature for their lack...

DATE: Dec. 19, 2012 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

Personal space, home space: How close is too close?

A lot of us in the San Juan Basin know what it is like to live next to gas and oil development. We have done it for years. Or so we think. A drilling rig shows up, works all day and night for a...

DATE: Dec. 5, 2012 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

Friends, foes, the small and large: Thank you

Some of what I give thanks for:The different: Those I disagree with, or who speak different languages than I, or put their faith in different places than I do. They keep me humble, keep me in my...

DATE: Nov. 21, 2012 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

On outcrop, big risk for small amount of gas

The history of natural gas development in Southwest Colorado is full of unpredicted and unintended consequences. The advent of coal-bed methane production in the area brought with it the usual...

DATE: Oct. 24, 2012 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

Double play at the Village at Wolf Creek

The proposed land exchange that would allow for the construction of Village at Wolf Creek, is not only a travesty of greed over public interest, but also a huge economic gift from the taxpayers to...

DATE: Oct. 10, 2012 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

Of native fish, farmers and floating boats

The Dolores River runs from the high peaks of the western San Juan and La Plata mountains, through the towns of Rico and Dolores, into McPhee Reservoir, then downstream through some of the most...

DATE: Sept. 26, 2012 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

Now playing: Return of Pillage at Wolf Creek

It’s the same old story with a slightly different spin. Once again, we are faced with a proposal for a community of many thousands perched at the Continental Divide, at the top of Wolf Creek Pass....

DATE: Sept. 12, 2012 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

BLM ignoring public on gas and oil leases

This past year the local public land management agencies, the San Juan National Forest and the Bureau of Land Management, moved away from a great model of “Service First” in which they were jointly...

DATE: Aug. 29, 2012 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

Coal combustion waste – why you should care now

I grew up in a coal-heated house. Living in northwest Colorado, with many coal mines in the area, many houses had coal furnaces. I still like the smell of coal smoke; it reminds me of playing...

DATE: Aug. 15, 2012 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

Hermosa Creek act example of good lawmaking

Durango is a very picturesque town with wonderful views: To the north is Animas City Mountain, a much-used area for afternoon hiking and biking amid ponderosa pine trees and a few large oil well...

DATE: Aug. 1, 2012 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

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