Mark Pearson

Position: 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

Does BHP grasp the mechanics of responsibility?

I have a mechanic I have taken vehicles to for many years now. I am loyal to my mechanic because he has always done right by me. Mechanics, like car salesmen, are known in caricature for their lack...

DATE: Dec. 19, 2012 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

Personal space, home space: How close is too close?

A lot of us in the San Juan Basin know what it is like to live next to gas and oil development. We have done it for years. Or so we think. A drilling rig shows up, works all day and night for a...

DATE: Dec. 5, 2012 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

Friends, foes, the small and large: Thank you

Some of what I give thanks for:The different: Those I disagree with, or who speak different languages than I, or put their faith in different places than I do. They keep me humble, keep me in my...

DATE: Nov. 21, 2012 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

On outcrop, big risk for small amount of gas

The history of natural gas development in Southwest Colorado is full of unpredicted and unintended consequences. The advent of coal-bed methane production in the area brought with it the usual...

DATE: Oct. 24, 2012 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

Double play at the Village at Wolf Creek

The proposed land exchange that would allow for the construction of Village at Wolf Creek, is not only a travesty of greed over public interest, but also a huge economic gift from the taxpayers to...

DATE: Oct. 10, 2012 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

Of native fish, farmers and floating boats

The Dolores River runs from the high peaks of the western San Juan and La Plata mountains, through the towns of Rico and Dolores, into McPhee Reservoir, then downstream through some of the most...

DATE: Sept. 26, 2012 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

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