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Mark Pearson

Position: 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

Appeal will challenge HDs drilling ruling

As much as it is a cliché that environmental groups love nothing more than to sue to stop sundry projects, the tacticis one that San Juan Citizens Alliance works hard to avoid. Nevertheless,...

DATE: June 24, 2010 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

Gulf oil spill has local relevance

Though more than 1,000 miles away from La Plata County, the oil spill that has been painting the Gulf of Mexico blacksince April 20 hits closer to home than we may like to think. Not only is the...

DATE: May 12, 2010 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

State roadless rule doesn't pass muster

Since this century began, the fate of the nation's roadless national forest has been in various stages of limbo, andthough resolution might, potentially, be arriving sometime in the not-too-far-off...

DATE: April 29, 2010 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

Desert Rock goes back to drawing board

For more than six years, proponents of the Desert Rock Energy Project have been hard at work trying to convince theworld that building a 1,500-megawatt coal-fired power plant on the Navajo Nation...

DATE: April 15, 2010 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

Fracing study can end the debate for good

As soon as the word fracing enters any discussion on coal-bed methane production, it is sure to trigger division amongthe spectrum of stakeholders affected by the practice. If for no other reason,...

DATE: April 1, 2010 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

Gas industry seeks to change pit-liner rules

When the state Legislature ratified new rules governing how gas and oil production can be conducted in Colorado, theindustry hardly was gushing with praise.Instead, industry representatives wrung...

DATE: March 18, 2010 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

A consensus created plan for Hermosa Creek

Despite the fairness implicit in the democratic process - one person, one vote - the system more often than not leavesat least one person unhappy with the outcome, perhaps profoundly so.Ask any...

DATE: March 4, 2010 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

Uranium bill necessary and easy to do

The Colorado Legislature faces no easy tasks in its 2010 session, and any measure with a fiscal note attached is notlikely to be well-received by members of either party. Indeed, lawmakers will be...

DATE: Feb. 18, 2010 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

Water filings call for action by landowners

The last couple of weeks have brought a flurry of news stories about gas companies, water grabs, rulemakings andstatements of opposition. The issue is as convoluted as it is confusing, but what it...

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

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