Position: Thinking Green

When it comes to mines, bonding is important issue

The recent series in The Durango Herald about mining issues and water quality in the upper Animas River basin highlight an all too common problem: The question of how to handle the legacy of...

DATE: Aug. 13, 2013 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

BLM trading the irreplaceable for the fleeting

Some trade-offs are hard. Whether to go with a high-deductible health insurance plan and risk the $5,000 to $10,000 charges should you get hurt or go with higher monthly payments and have less...

DATE: July 31, 2013 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

Commissioners right to press for leasing plan

In its June 28 editorial, The Durango Herald argued that La Plata County commissioners overstepped when they sent a letter to the Bureau of Land Management requesting a deferral of the gas and oil...

DATE: July 2, 2013 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

A new wilderness within expanse of the San Juans

On Tuesday, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee voted in favor of the San Juan Mountains Wilderness Act. The proposal, sponsored by Sen. Mark Udall, with Sen. Michael Bennet as an...

DATE: June 19, 2013 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

Our public lands more than just a gas, oil reservoir

The local Bureau of Land Management is increasingly treating our public lands as merely a gas and oil reservoir to be tapped at industry’s convenience. The mission of the BLM is: “To sustain the...

DATE: June 5, 2013 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

Why public’s oversight role shouldn’t be cut

Most of us would agree, government is a large, powerful entity that needs proper oversight. We may disagree on many things, but public oversight of government is usually not one of them. One of the...

DATE: May 8, 2013 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

Hermosa watershed plan a ‘beautiful’ thing

There is no question as to why the name Hermosa was given to the stream and landscape just north of Durango. Whether you are looking north up the Animas Valley toward the red cliffs dotted with...

DATE: April 24, 2013 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

Why moratorium on shale drilling is necessary

La Plata County commissioners are considering enacting a moratorium on shale-oil well development at their weekly meeting Tuesday.It would give them time to review the county’s land-use code and...

DATE: March 27, 2013 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

Times they are a changin’; when does it matter?

We live with conflicting messages about how to consider time. “Live for the moment” sounds great on Friday night, but as an investment plan, it has its shortcomings. On the other side, working for...

DATE: March 13, 2013 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

Science the best tool for policy, believe it or not

We know things based on a variety of circumstances. We know our friends from our accumulated interactions with them. We know language largely from listening to others speak. Much of what we know is...

DATE: Feb. 27, 2013 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

Take hard look before shale development

La Plata County has had gas and oil development for many decades. As a result, there have been both beneficial and harmful effects.Most of us would agree that the effect to funding the county...

DATE: Feb. 13, 2013 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

It’s not that new: Cracking the myth of fracking

Fracking is now a household term, albeit a very poorly understood one.Hydraulic fracturing is a technique used to promote the flow of fluid and gas to wells. It is even used in some water wells to...

DATE: Jan. 30, 2013 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

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