COASTAL BEND SIERRA CLUB MEETING MINUTES  October 2013

 

On Tuesday, October 1, the Coastal Bend Sierra Club (CBSC) met from 11:30 am until 1:30 pm in the La Retama Room of the Corpus Christi Public Library at 805 Comanche St.  Chairperson Lois Huff opened the meeting by asking if there were corrections or additions to the September minutes which are posted on the CBSC Website.  The minutes were accepted as posted.

 

Lois then read the treasurer’s report which was e-mailed by Treasurer Teresa Carrillo.  Teresa reported that the checking account currently contains $1,482.79 and that the total for the three CD’s is $8,231.44.

 

Lois stated that CBSC currently has approximately 470 individual members, but only 41% of these members have given e-mail addresses for receiving communications from the club.  Therefore, in addition to communicating by e-mail, she intends to mail postcards to all members.  Since the USPS Indicia expires on October 2, Pat Suter moved that $200 be allocated to renew it.  Carolyn Moon seconded the motion which was unanimously approved.  Lois will send the first postcard later this week.

 

Committee Topic Reports were next on the agenda.  There was no news on uranium activity in South Texas, but Mina Williams and Venice Scheurich reiterated that industry-sponsored legislation passed during the last session which eliminates the option of having a contested case hearing prior to the start of mining in a new production area within the permitted mine acreage.  On the topic of fracking in the Eagle Ford Shale area, members participated in a discussion of environmental concerns—especially groundwater usage—related to hydraulic fracturing.

 

Also on the topic of water, John Adams of the Coastal Bend Bays Foundation (CBBF), reminded members that the guest speaker at the next Public Forum on October 7, 2013, at 5:30 pm will be Commissioner Bech Brum of the Texas Water Development Board.  The forum will be held at the Del Mar College Center for Economic Development.  Carolyn Moon reported on her attendance at the recent meeting on desalinization which was organized and hosted by Rep. Todd Hunter. 

 

Carolyn also reported on other local sustainability issues including Destination Bayfront and development within the city (infill) to minimize urban sprawl, and she reported that she addressed the Del Mar Regents on their recently expressed interest in purchasing more land for potential future development of the College.

 

Joyce Jarmon and Pat Suter serve on the community’s Industry and Long Term Health Committees.  Joyce brought and circulated the summary report and scorecard for air emissions as recorded on refinery area monitors.  She and Pat agree that local air quality has improved significantly over the past decade, and they attribute much of the improvement to monitoring and to the requirement that regular monthly reports by industry personnel be made to committee members.  

 

Jack Pope follows activity at the Port of Corpus Christi (POCC).  He stated that due in large part to Eagle Ford Shale production and related activities, the Port is economically thriving and welcoming much new industrial activity.  He agreed with Joyce Jarmon that the use of cleaner fuels by ships docking at the Port is improving air quality in that vicinity.  

 

In a Lone Star Sierra Chapter update, Lone Star Chairperson Hal Suter reminded the group that a Lone Star reception and fundraiser will be held in Austin on October 8, from 6 to 8 pm at 400-B West Second St. (Malverde above La Condesa).  Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune and Lone Star Chapter Director Scheleen Walker will be featured guests.  Also, Hal stated that the Lone Star Chapter continues to work on diversity issues.

 

In additional significant matters, CBSC Chairperson Lois Huff appointed a committee to begin looking into the cumulative local effects of Eagle Ford Shale development.  Members appointed to the committee, which is charged with developing a Cumulative Impact Policy Statement for CBSC, are Hal Suter, John Adams, Pat Suter, and Jack Pope.  In addition, Lois will contact Representative Abel Herrero’s  staff to present a list of suggestions for addressing environmental concerns of CBSC during the current legislative interim session.  Lois also reminded members to continue thinking of ways for effective fundraising so that our CBSC group will be able to maintain operating funds.

 

Submitted by Venice Scheurich on October1, 2013  

 

 

 


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 COASTAL BEND GROUP EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Lois Huff
huffs@the-i.net

774-1500

Chairperson

Pat Suter
phsuter@stx.rr.com

852-7938

Chairperson Emeritus

Mina Williams
mina141@sbcglobal.net

882-1179

V.Chairperson

Teresa Carrillo
teresaacarrillo@aol.com

361-855-9012

Treasurer

Venice Scheurich 
jave241@sbcglobal.net

241-4289

Secretary

Hal Suter
rabblerouser@stx.rr.com

852-7938

Lone Star Chapter Chair

 COMMITTEE CHAIRS

 

 

Venice Scheurich 
jave241@sbcglobal.net

 241-4289

Conservation Chair

Shelley Fox
Lois Huff
Teresa Carrillo

 

Activities

Venice Scheurich  &
Mina Williams

241-4289

882-1179


Uranium Mining &
Ridley Turtles

Bill Alling

289-9090

Air Quality

Danny Lucio
daniel.ryne.lucio@gmail.com

 

Membership & Lone
Star Chapter Rep.

Hal Suter and Mina Williams

852-7938

Political

Hal Suter

 

 

Hal Suter
Teresa Carrillo

852-7938

Lone Star Chapter Chair and Representataive

Joyce Jarmon

 

Refinery Emissions &
Community Advisory Council/Long Term Health Care

Cheryl McGrath
csmcgrath@earthlink.net

 

Webmaster

 

 

 

  Cheryl McGrath      Webmaster
 
csmcgrath@earthlink.net