Important Upcoming Events
OUR NEXT SIERRA CLUB MEETING IS FEBRUARY 19.
Time: 11:15 for Lunch; 12:15 Meeting
Place: Art Community Center, 100 Shoreline
Topic: To Be Announced
SIERRA CLUB JANUARY 2002 MINUTES
Pat Suter, president, opened the first meeting of the year with an Agenda
that included City, County and State issues.
We discussed the City of Corpus Christis plans for possible privatization
Marinaand also a private-public venture proposed by a local developer to
construct in the Marina a 3.45 acre addition to the seawall across from
Memorial Coliseum. It would contain commercial buildings of one and two
stories and one four-story structure for apartments. Both proposals
present environmental problems. Keep tuned. See The Observer on-line for more.
The group approved a list of questions drawn up by Pat for the League of Women
consideration in their questionnaire to candidates for County Judge and Commissioners
and State Senate and House of Representatives. Questions included such topics as litter
and trash on county roads; beach erosion and safety, especially water contamination;
and habitat loss due to urban sprawl.
To state candidates: "Will you work for" more funds for
habitat/wildlife protection, control of
coastal development, and for enforcement of Sunset Rules for the TNRCC.
State Sierra sent a list of 14 Chapter conservation priorities, with an
additional issue option.
Coastal Bend Sierra was asked to select what we considered the five most important issues
to be pursued in 2002 and 2003. With Henry Berryhill walking us through the list, we selected
these five: Clean Air, Coastal Resources Management , Energy Policy, Environmental Agency
Reform, and Water Resource Management and Protection. Population Pressure/Control was
chosen as our "additional issue" as to be a basic factor underlying all of the other issues.
Pat offered to check with Citgo Petroleum Corp. on a tour date for the Club --
preferably a Saturday
and let us know.
Frank Hankins, Secretary
COMMENTS FROM THE CHAIR
Happy New Year to All.
There will be new people representing us in the State Legislature and County
courts, so if you have suggestions of any kind for 2002, please let your excom
know. The current members were re-elected at the meeting in December and
they are anxious to do what needs to be done. Ideas for field trips, meeting
times and places, environmental issues of importance to you, etc. Let us
know what you think. Pat Suter
WATCH THE COASTAL BEND SIERRA CLUB ON CABLE
CHANNEL 10 on
WEDNESDAY NIGHTS AT 8:30PM. Galaxie Video does an excellent job of
producing the show.
Important Articles and News
KEMPS RIDLEY TURTLE UPDATE by Mina Williams &Venice Scheurich
The Corpus Christi Experiment VX Nerve Agent Disposal by Bill Alling
Should This City Be the Waste Dump
for Chemical Weapons Residue??
Bill Alling's Letter to The Caller-Times
GLOBAL WARMING - WHAT MUST BE DONE by Pat Suter - see Feb. 2001 News
Environmentalists are Worried -by Pat Suter
CITY OF CORPUS CHRISTI DOUBLE STANDARD READY TO UNFOLD by Pat Suter - see November News
EMAIL SENATOR KAY BAILEY HUTCHISON TO EXPRESS YOUR UNFAVORABLE OPINION
ON HER BILL TO DO BEACH RESTORATION AND ENVIRONMENTAL ENHANCEMENT BY DREDGING PACKERY CHANNEL