Mark Pearson

Position: 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

Way past due: A new review for an old complex

The federal Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement on Wednesday began the official process of preparing an Environmental Impact Statement for the Four Corners Power Plant and the...

DATE: July 18, 2012 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

Electricity and water: Maybe not a great mix

Electricity is so readily available that we take it nearly for granted. Much of the debate over our electricity sources is focused on climate impacts or air pollution. I have written about both of...

DATE: July 4, 2012 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

Sounds dull, but federal contract is exciting news

Earlier this month the U.S. Forest Service awarded a long-term stewardship contract to a Pagosa Springs business through a contract bidding process. You might ask, “A government contract – what’s...

DATE: June 20, 2012 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

Dealing with gifts of mines past: A mix of tools

The mountains of Southwest Colorado have a rich history of mining. One of the legacies of this mining past is water pollution. When some types of rock are exposed to air and water they oxidize,...

DATE: June 6, 2012 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

Climate: Local decisions and the global realities

The rivers are running awfully low for this time of year. The norm has been for the Animas River through Durango to be peaking around now. It was a warm, dry winter and spring. That alone doesn’t...

DATE: May 23, 2012 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

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