Mark Pearson

Position: 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

Chimney Rock National Monument now!

A public meeting Friday in Pagosa Springs concerns the proposal to make the Chimney Rock Archaeological Area a national monument. The meeting will be held from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at the Archuleta...

DATE: May 9, 2012 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

River nutrients: It’s all about being healthy

Nutrients: “A substance that provides nourishment for growth or metabolism,” according to Nutrients in water – sounds good. Like a vitamin-water mix. However, like vitamins,...

DATE: April 11, 2012 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

Time to give N.M. energy producer a push off coal

A few weeks ago, there was widespread attention to a report by a coalition of community groups that analyzed electricity rates, profits and energy priorities at PNM, New Mexico’s largest utility...

DATE: March 28, 2012 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

Colo. roadless rule: Unnecessary and harmful

Roadless. In today’s world, with our lives centered in most aspects on the network of roads, roadless has physical as well as figurative connotations. It can imply aimless, wild, unmapped and even...

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

Public service, trust, and the oil and gas industry

Public service, working for the public as an employee of the government, should be seen as an honorable and important role for anyone. The tasks given these public servants all stem from the laws...

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

San Juan station: Not necessarily moving forward

The San Juan Generating Station is a massive coal-fired power plant owned primarily by Public Service Co. of New Mexico, or PNM. The plant is located in northwestern New Mexico near the town of...

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

Domestic gas and oil production – not a real issue

There is a lot of hot air about U.S. domestic oil and gas production. There are arguments about how policies of this president vs. that president affect domestic production; about how the industry...

DATE: Jan. 18, 2012 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

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