Mark Pearson

Position: Thinking Green

U.S. agencies play role in resource management

As the budget wars have heated up since the 112th Congress convened in January, there has been escalating rhetoric and division over how to address the need to save federal dollars. Predictably,...

DATE: March 16, 2011 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

Coordination, input key to EPA cleanup

The Environmental Protection Agency has initiated rulemakings to address the pollution levels being emitted by the two coal-fired power plants in the Farmington area. These separate but parallel...

DATE: Feb. 16, 2011 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

Rulemakings offer regional cleanup chance

Situated as Durango is at the nexus of the San Juan Mountains, redrock and high country deserts, and mid-elevation riparian areas, the region is a diverse ecosytsem that is home to equally vibrant...

DATE: Feb. 2, 2011 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

Salazar’s wild lands policy a welcome switch

Just before Christmas, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar made a welcome announcement of a policy that returns the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to compliance with its mandate to identify and protect...

DATE: Jan. 5, 2011 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

10-acre rule’s demise a move backward

As one of a handful of Colorado counties in which gas and oil development is a prominent industry, La Plata County is no stranger to the impacts that such activity wreaks. For each of the more than...

DATE: Dec. 8, 2010 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

People, places: Plenty to be thankful for

So here we are on Thanksgiving, and I’m trying to avoid the clichés that normally are bandied about on such occasions. But anyway. I’m going to bore you all with my list of thankfuls that begin...

DATE: Nov. 24, 2010 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

Monument plan was thorough, reasonable

Since its designation in 2000, Canyons of the Ancients National Monument has drawn complaints from those opposed to any federal label, regardless of its on-the-ground significance. What followed...

DATE: Oct. 27, 2010 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

EPA rule-making will help region’s air quality

Set amid a multijurisdictional spider web of regulatory and management agencies, the Four Corners faces a challenge in balancing use of its resources with protecting the lands, air and water that...

DATE: Oct. 13, 2010 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

Wyoming fracing rules may offer a glimmer of hope

For far too long, companies that use hydraulic fracturing to coax natural gas from its resting place deep beneath the ground have insisted that the process and its associated chemicals are...

DATE: Sept. 15, 2010 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

Ballot initiatives would have negative impacts

Despite the rhetoric and theater surrounding election season – and the political climate in general – across the region, state and country, at the end of the day, government's job is to do one...

DATE: Sept. 1, 2010 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

EPA’s look at air quality rules welcome, overdue

The Environmental Protection Agency is revisiting its air quality rules governing natural-gas production, and while overdue, the exercise is a welcome one. It did not arrive without some pain,...

DATE: Aug. 4, 2010 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

Career move suggests conflict of interest

There are times when a choice has sufficient ethical gray areas as to leave good people wondering whether they did the right thing, and then there are times when the lines could not be any more...

DATE: July 21, 2010 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

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