Mark Pearson

Position: 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

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

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