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COASTAL BEND SIERRA CLUB November 2009 Meeting Minutes
The Coastal Bend Sierra Club (CBSC) met on Tuesday, November 3, from 11:30 am until 1:00 pm at the Central Library, 805 Comanche Street. Chairperson Pat Suter welcomed members and reminded them that meeting minutes are posted on the CBSC website. Secretary Venice Scheurich stated that a correction to last months minutes is the following: Pat Suter and Naomi Linzer serve on the Clean Economy Coalitions (CECs) Steering Committee. (The October minutes had stated that they were directors of the Clean Economy Coalition.)
Treasurer Teresa Carrillo reported that the checking account balance, after paying for a table to support the Coastal Bend Bays Foundation (CBBF) in their November 5 fund-raising banquet, is approximately $600. She also reported that some contributions for banquet tickets were still arriving and would soon be deposited, and that the clubs two CDs, which are currently valued at a total of $4204.72, accrue interest each month.
Pat reminded members that the garage sale will be at her garage, 1002 Chamberlain, on Sat. Nov. 7. Items for the sale are needed and should be brought already priced to Pats garage on Friday afternoon. Also, volunteers are needed to help with the sale Saturday morning.
Lone Star Sierra President Hal Suter reported that the next Lone Star Ex Com meeting will be in Austin on Nov. 21. He and Teresa Carrillo will attend, and among other things, will learn some of Lone Star Sierras plans for participating in next years Sunset Reviews of TCEQ and TRRC. Teresa will ask Lone Stars administrators to add a link to their website labeled Groundwater and Uranium under the topic of "Water." This will be a direct link to "South Texas Uranium News" on our CBSC website. Hal will also ask Lone Star Sierra Conservation Director Cyrus Reed about the status of rule-writing at TRRC re HB 3837, which was passed by the legislature in 2007 and which involves groundwater concerns before and during uranium exploration.
Hal reported that the Oct. 31 Sierra-sponsored activity on the bay front"Roll Beyond Coal"was very successful. Enthusiastic participants numbered from 75 to 100, donations totaled $322, and the event received good media coverage from Channel 6 and Channel 3. Web users of Facebook can find many pictures of the event at "Roll Beyond Coal Corpus Christi."
Joyce Jarmon and Edith Cosgrove, who serve on the Community Long-Term Health Committee, reported that monthly benzene emissions are up slightly this year over comparable months last year, and industry officials have not yet been able to explain why. However, there has been a significant decrease in these emissions from 2002 to 2009. During this time, local benzene emissions dropped from 9-10 to 1.1 ppm.
Pat had attended all sessions of the Las Brisas contested case hearing, which began on Nov. 2. She reported that Las Brisass attorneys will cross-examine expert witnesses, but not individual affected parties. Sierrans Edith Cosgrove and Joyce Jarmon had given depositions several weeks ago, but confirmed that they had been notified that they will not be cross-examined. Pat reported that the Opposition was composed of several broad-based environmental groups, the local Clean Economy Coalition, Nueces County physicians, and several individuals. A total of nine lawyers represent the Opposition, and Pat was favorably impressed with their questioning of Las Brisas engineering consultant Shanon DiSorbo, who prepared the air permit application.
Submitted by Venice Scheurich, November 4, 2009
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