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COASTAL BEND SIERRA CLUB January 2009 Meeting Minutes
The Coastal Bend Sierra Club (CBSC)
met on Tuesday, January 6, from 11:30 am until 1:15 pm at the Central Library at 805
Comanche St. Chairperson Pat Suter welcomed members, reminded them that meeting minutes
are on the CBSC website, and asked Treasurer Teresa Carrillo for a report. Teresas
report indicated that expenses of $90.02 were paid last month and that the checking
account balance is $1568.69. Three laddered CDs totaling approximately $7080 are
invested and mature between June 2009 and June 2010.
Pat Suter announced that geologist
Dr. Richard Watson of Port Aransas would speak and show pictures of Hurricane Ikes
impact on the Texas Coast at 7 pm on January 15, at the Corpus Christi Science Museum.
Joyce Jarmon, Edith Cosgrove, and
Pat Suter represent CBSC on the areas three Industrial Advisory Committees. Joyce
stated that the Long Term Health Committee will resume meetings on January 14, and that
members are especially interested in air monitoring of benzene emissions.
Hal Suter, CBSCs
representative on the Lone Star Sierra Executive Committee, reminded members that the
deadline for mailing ballots to vote for Teresa Carrillo as an at large member of the
ExCom is January 8. The ballot is contained in the latest Lone Star Sierran. Teresa
is a current member of the ExCom, and is running for reelection in a field of six
candidates from which four will be chosen.
Hal Suter also serves as CBSCs
Political Chair and is active in the recently formed Clean Economy Coalition which is
monitoring the efforts of Chase Co. to obtain permits from TCEQ to build the Las Brisas
power plant. The Nueces County Medical Society will hold a press conference on Friday,
January 9, to state their opposition to building the plant as now proposed. The plant
would burn coke and would double local air emissions, which would cause the city to be out
of compliance in some areas. Interested individuals are invited to attend coalition
meetings which will be held at 3 pm every Sunday at 413 Waco St.
On a matter of statewide
interest, Hal reported that the Sunset Commission voted to recommend a complete overhaul
of TXDOT. They are calling for removing the positions for five commissioners in favor of
one appointed position, and are also recommending that TXDOT be reviewed every four years
in the future.
Mina Williams and Venice Scheurich
represent CBSC on in situ uranium mining in South Texas and reported on their
mornings attendance in Goliad of that countys Uranium Research and Advisory
Committee. They also gave an update on recent news items and videos which have been posted
on the CBSC website and reminded members that the website contains a category containing
uranium news under the heading "South Texas Uranium News."
Lois Huff, Executive Director of
Coastal Bend Bays Foundation (CBBF), announced dates and topics of several upcoming events
sponsored by that organization. The January 12 forum at 5:30 pm on the TAMU-CC campus,
will have as a guest speaker John LaRue of the Port of Corpus Christi. He will outline
Port projects and will answer questions from the audience about activities which involve
the Port. Lois also informed members that a forum on air emissions, featuring Dr. Martinez
and Dr. John of TAMU, will be held in Sinton on January 26. Also, Dr. Martinez, whose
specialty is mercury in emissions, will speak at the CBBF forum in Corpus Christi on
February 9. Additionally, Lois stated that the annual Earth Day/Bay Day event will be on
April 18 this year and she is hoping that CBSC will again lend its support.
Teresa Carrillo, who serves on the
Region N Water Planning Group, announced that the Regions 20-year plan has been
posted on the Nueces River Authoritys website and that members who wish to comment
on the plan may do so on the link provided at that site. Teresa will draft the official
Pat and Hal Suter attended the
December planning meeting in Palacios for the new nature preserve made possible by the
Trull Foundation. More than twenty acres have been secured in that area which will provide
the public an opportunity to observe and understand wetlands preservation.
Linda May has agreed to be the CBSC
representative working with the Palacios group in the future. In addition, Linda will
attend the Harte Institutes workshop on habitat management in March.
Submitted by Venice Scheurich,
January 6, 2009
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