Mark Pearson

Position: Thinking Green

Solar gardens can make local power a reality

La Plata Electric Association is taking applications from those interested in developing up to 2 megawatts of local community solar gardens. It is a great step forward. A community solar garden is...

DATE: Dec. 4, 2013 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

Land plans: The good, bad and unfinished

The new management plans for the public lands of Southwest Colorado are finally complete. There are two plans, one covers the Tres Rios Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management, the other the...

DATE: Nov. 20, 2013 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

Sorry affair with the Navajo Mine leaves public out

In 1957, the Utah Construction Co. leased lands on the Navajo Nation to mine coal, and the Navajo Mine was begun. The mine always has been, and continues to be, the only coal supplier to the Four...

DATE: Oct. 23, 2013 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

BLM owes public greater clarity on drilling rules

The long-awaited new Resource Management Plan for the Tres Rios Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management, which covers the lands of Southwest Colorado, finally has been released. The...

DATE: Oct. 9, 2013 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

Stewardship of our forests requires balance

Seeing the forest for the trees can be a frustrating experience, even if you’re a forester with decades of experience stewarding our public forests. Appropriate stewardship of an ever-changing...

DATE: Sept. 25, 2013 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

Time to protect integrity of area around Chaco

Last week, the Society for American Archaeology, New Mexico Archaeological Council, Chaco Alliance, WildEarth Guardians and San Juan Citizens Alliance petitioned the Bureau of Land Management to...

DATE: Sept. 11, 2013 | COLUMN: 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

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