Important Upcoming Events
OUR NEXT SIERRA CLUB MEETING
Place: Blucher Nature Center (across from Blucher Park)
Carrizo, Corpus Christi
New January 2005 Kemp's Ridley Update by Mina
Williams & Venice Scheurich
SIERRA CLUB January 2005 Meeting Minutes
The Coastal Bend Sierra Club met at the Blucher Nature
Center on January 18 at 11:30 a.m.
for a regular monthly meeting.
Pat Suter, Chairperson, gave a brief financial report and
announced two important dates.
On February 3, Walter Cronkite will host a PBS show titled "Texas: The State of
a Balance." On March 4, in Austin, Sierra, Environmental Defense, and National
will co-host an important meeting on Texas water issues. Copies of the report "Bays
in Peril" were
made available. Also, a recent Houston Chronicle in-depth report on the perils of
refineries was circulated.
Pat Suter also reported that Coastal Bend Sierra has
taken a position in favor of the Cheniere
proposal re LNG operations near Ingleside. However, she stated that our position, at least
with respect to the Exxon Mobile LNG proposal is to object because of two statements in
She believes better mitigation is necessary.
Committee/activity reports were given as follows:
Joyce JarmonLong-Term Health
Benzene emissions were disturbingly high in December. On
eight days last month,
emissions measured over the allowable of 8 ppb.
Edith CosgroveRisk Management
The Local Emergency Planning Committee strongly
encourages residents to make
personal plans which can be immediately activated in case of a local emergency.
Mina WilliamsPINS fire and sea turtles
The January 16 fire at the National Seashore destroyed the building housing some
equipment (cameras and binoculars) and the classroom for training turtle
volunteers. Fortunately, the fire did not have a direct impact on the turtle lab or
The citys Solid Waste Department has just completed
a pilot program on recycling
in the Morningside area. The city Advisory Committee on Recycling has joined a
coalition with Keep Texas Beautiful.
Lois HuffEarth Day/Bay Day
The annual event day will be from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
on April 23 in Cole Park.
Volunteers to help plan activities and to work on the 23rd are needed.
In two additional comments, Pat Suter announced that the
Sierra Club will hold a large-scale
convention in San Francisco in September 2005. This Sierra
Summit is expected to bring together
3,000 members. Our group is eligible to send one delegate. Additionally, Pat alerted the
that the National Environmental Scorecard was recently released by the League of Women
and the Texas Congressional Delegation scored in the lowest category re voting records on
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