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Mark Pearson

Position: Thinking Green

Helping farmers, fish and floaters on the Dolores

Conflicts about water in Southwest Colorado seem to be the norm. So when the many different interests get together, not only to talk, but to actually come up with potential win-win solutions, it is...

DATE: April 27, 2011 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

Gas industry taking water, one law at a time

One of the basic realities of the West is the scarcity of water, which leads to the incredibly high value placed on water rights. “You can steal my grub, you can take my woman, but don’t touch my...

DATE: April 13, 2011 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

Inactive drilling leases hamstring public lands

The U.S. Department of the Interior recently released a report finding that the majority of gas and oil leases held offshore or on public lands are not in active production – a result that does...

DATE: March 30, 2011 | COLUMN: 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

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