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                     South Texas Uranium News Link to Greg Harman's article in the San Antonio Current 10-03-07

OCTOBER NEWS 2007

 

OUR NEXT COASTAL BEND GROUP SIERRA CLUB MEETING
Nov. 20,  2007
Time: 11:30AM - 1:30PM
Place: Corpus Christi Central Library, LaRatama Room

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COASTAL BEND SIERRA CLUB - October 2007 Meeting Minutes

The Coastal Bend Sierra Club met from 11:30 am until 1:20 pm at the Central Library,
805 Comanche Street
.  After calling the meeting to order and reminding members that
the minutes of September’s meeting are posted on our web site, Chairperson Pat Suter
distributed a copy of the treasurer’s report for Treasurer Teresa Carrillo, who could not
be present.  Expenses paid during the past month totaled $767.37 and we have $681.48
in the checking account.  Additionally, we have three CD’s which mature at different times. 
The first maturity date is February 23, 2008 and the last maturity date is February 23, 2010.

Chairperson Suter also announced that Teresa Carrillo has just been selected by the
Executive Committee of Lone Star Sierra to fill the unexpired term of a recent Ex Com member
who resigned when he moved out of the state.  Members expressed their appreciation and
extended their congratulations to Teresa upon receiving news of her appointment.

Members were heartened to learn that Kathy Griffith has agreed to once again serve as Membership 
Chairperson and expressed their gratitude that Kathy is willing to accept that responsibility.

Hal Suter, Representative from Coastal Bend Sierra on the Lone Star Executive Committee
and Coastal Bend Sierra Political Chair, gave an update on the proposed massive border
fence which will separate Mexico from the United States.   A U.S. District Court judge, in a
ruling on October 10, 2007, temporarily delayed construction of a 1.5-mile section of the
fence that the Homeland Security Department is building in an Arizona natural conservation
area.  According to an October 11, 2007, Associated Press report,  the judge ruled that  the
federal government rushed its environmental study ,which was written in three weeks and
did not take a comprehensive look at  how that fencing might affect other parts of the border. 
Defenders of Wildlife and the Sierra Club had petitioned for the delay.

Executive Committee member Hal Suter also reported that the Texas General Land Office
Commissioner Jerry Patterson is pressing to sell the Christmas Mountain land in West Texas
near Big Bend National Park.  This land presently belongs to the state and was donated by the
Mellon Foundation for public use.

Mina Williams and Venice Scheurich provided an update on recent uranium activities in SouthTexas. 
Mina reported that she had had recent e-mail exchanges with Teresa Carrillo over their concern of
rapid developments in uranium mining in the vicinity of Benavides, Hebbronville, and San Diego. 
Since Teresa has recently moved to Duval County and has been in touch with Lone Star Sierra’s
Cyrus Reed about permit and amendment applications by mining companies in that area, Mina is
hopeful that some public comment can be made by concerned citizens before the deadline passes
for public input.

Venice Scheurich gave a brief summary of the press conference in Goliad County on September 26,
2007.  Extensive reporting followed in the Victoria Advocate, the San Antonio Express-News, and
the San Antonio Current.  Additionally, the Associated Press story ran in several large city newspapers
and on several Texas and out-of-state television stations.   Venice credited two Coastal Bend Sierra Club
members from Goliad—Ginger Cook and Raulie Irwin—for working hard and effectively with Lone Star’s
Donna Hoffman in staging the press conference.

Candice Mottet, who is an Animal Attendant at the Animal Rehabilitation Keep (ARK) University of Texas
Marine Science
Institute in Port Aransas, gave a report on the ARK’s work with sea turtles, raptors, and
shore birds.  At present, the ARK has in rehab four of the five species which are found in the Gulf of Mexico. 
In addition to the Kemp’s ridleys--13 hatchlings and two juveniles-- there are seven loggerheads, five greens,
and two hawksbills.  There are also Texas tortoises, ornate box turtles, and a red-eared slider in residence,
along with cotton-tailed bunnies and a juvenile gray fox.   The ARK cares for all species of birds, most reptiles,
and most small mammals (excluding raccoons).

Lois Huff, Executive Director of the Coastal Bend Bays Foundation, reminded members of the awards banquet
at the Ortiz Center, which will be held November 14, 2007. Tables start at $750; individual tickets are $50 each.
Members decided that Coastal Bend Sierra would buy at least one $750 table. Speaker for the evening will be
Jeff Smoller, President of Multi State Environmental Performance. His topic will be “Thinking Ecologically and
Acting Economically.” Lois and Candice also presented members with Bays Foundation bookmarks and 2008
calendars and reminded them that Earth Day/Bay Day will once again be held in April.

Edith Cosgrove and Joyce Jarmon, our representatives on the community’s Long Term Health Care
Committee, and on industry’s Community Advisory Council, reported that thanks to monitors which are
strategically placed in the city and to regular reports that industry officials have committed to make to the
community members, local air quality has improved. Edie and Joyce recently participated in some of the
workplace tours of refineries sponsored by Citgo, Flint Hills, and Valero.

Catherine Carroll reported that she had contacted Sierra members in Austin on the topic of outings and hiking.
They will have training for hiking leaders in Austin in January. Catherine has been in touch with Naomi Linzer,
and the two of them are considering attending the Austin training session.

In the last item of business, members decided that the best date for the holiday party would be Friday,
December 14. We hope to once again have it at the Blucher House, headquarters for the local Nature
Conservancy Group. Pat Suter agreed to contact the director of the Conservancy to make arrangements.

Submitted by Venice Scheurich

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STATE LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES – 2007 SESSION – TENTATIVE (Adopted 7/2006)

Clean Air


Reduction of toxic and other harmful emissions from industrial plants and electric power
generating plants and prevention of air quality teterioration by a proliferation of new
coal-fired power plants.


* through enactment of legislation to tighten the review and regulation of the health impacts
   of air pollution sources and to respond more effectively to the continuing problem of
   "upset" air emissions; and
* through a moratorium on permitting of new coal-fired power plants in Texas to allow
   a thorough review of the proposed plant technologies and the cumulative air quality
   impacts of those plants


Environmental Flow Protection

Preservation and provision of instream flows and freshwater inflows to bays and
estuaries necessary to maintain healthy fish and wildlife populations.

*
through enactment of legislation establishing a process to determine and to meet
  environmental flow needs necessary to maintain a sound ecological environment
   in Texas coastal bays & associated river basins


Smart Energy Solutions

More efficient use of energy and increased reliance on renewable energy sources

* through standards for greater energy efficiency for appliances sold in Texas and new buildings
   and homes built in Texas; and
* an increase in the renewable standard portfolio of electric power utility providers

State & Local Parks Funding

A dependable source of funding for acquisition, maintenance, and management of
Texas state & local parks to meet growing habitat preservation and outdoor recreation needs


*
through raising or eliminating the cap on the revenue from the sporting goods tax that is
   allocated to state & local parks, supplementing sporting goods tax revenue with other
   fee revenue, and/or pursuing voter approval of bonds adequate to meet park repair and
   acquisition needs over the next decade

Water Conservation


More efficient use of water by Texas consumers, agricultural producers, businesses,
and institutions through conservation

*
through enactment of the legislative recommendations of the Texas Water Conservation
   Implementation Task Force, including expansion of existing conservation planning
   requirements to a larger number or retail water suppliers


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                          COASTAL BEND GROUP

                       EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Pat Suter 852-7938 Chairman
phsuter@stx.rr.com    
Mina Williams 882-1179 V.Chairman
Teresa Carrillo 361-672-4703 Treasurer
Venice Scheurich  241-4289 Secretary
Hal Suter 852-7938 Lone Star Ch. Rep.
COMMITTEE CHAIRS    
Recycling 993-3737 Kenn Jobe
Venice Scheurich  241-4289 Conservation
Bill Alling 289-9090 Air Quality
Kathy Griffith 578-5291 Membership/Publicity
Hal Suter and Mina
Williams
852-7938 Political
Hal Suter 852-7938 Walks
Hal Suter
Teresa Carrillo
852-7938 Rep. to Lone Star Ch.
Kathy Griffith 578-5291 Field Trips
Teresa Carrillo 882-3439 Field Trips
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      Addresses:

  • Texas State Legislature Online

    CORPUS CHRISTI MAYOR & CITY COUNCIL

    Mayor Henry Garrett                                           District 1 Bill Kelly
    Business: 826-3100                                               Business: 888-6600
    Mobile: 850-3113                                                  Mobile: 815-7314
    email: Lindale@cctexas.com                               email: BILL@BILLKELLYONLINE.COM

    District 2 John Marez
    Business:
    Mobile:
    email: JOHNMAREZDISTRICT2@YAHOO.COM

    District 3 Pricilla Leal                                         District 4 Mike McCutchon
    Home: 853-1748                                                  Business: 883-6211
    Mobile:537-1746                                                 Mobile: 853-4745
    email: pricillalealatdistrict3@yahoo.com           email: MMCUTCH@STX.RR.COM

District 5 Larry Elizondo                                    At Large: Nelda Martinez
Home: 844-5259                                                  Business: 779-7938
Mobile: 991-2680                                                Mobile (city) 826-3105
email: LRElizondoSr@Hotmail.com                   email: nelda@neldamartinez.com

At Large: Melody Cooper
Business: 887-8014
Mobile: 74-4170
email: JOE@MELODYCOOPERLAW.COM

At Large: Mike Hummell
Business: 883-3563
Home: 906-0782
email: mhummell@HDHLawFirm.com

       
         
STATE  ELECTED OFFICIALS ADDRESSES

Hon. Solomon Ortiz                         State Rep. ____
House Office Bldg.                           P.O. Box 2910  
Washington, D.C. 20515-4315       Austin, TX 78768-2910
                                                                Solomon Ortiz, Jr.
                                                                Abel Herrero
                                                                Juan Garcia


Hon. Kay Bailey Hutchison            Sen. John Cornyn
 Senate Office Building                   Senate Office Building
 Washington, D.C. 20510                Washington, D.C. 20510

        Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa    Commissioner Jerry Patterson
        P.O. Box 12068                            GLO 1700 Congress Ave.
        Austin, TX 78711-2068                 Austin, Texas 78701

         Commissioner (Chairman)                                          
         TCEQ                                       
         P.O. Box 13087                      
         Austin, TX 78711        

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