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COASTAL BEND SIERRA CLUB MEETING MINUTES November 2012
The Coastal Bend Sierra Club (CBSC) met at the Central Library on Comanche St. from 11:00 am until 1:30 pm on Tuesday, November 20. Chair Pat Suter welcomed members, reminded them that meeting minutes are posted on the CBSC website, and asked for the treasurers report. In the absence of Treasurer Teresa Carrillo, Lois Huff read the report received from Teresa. The checking account balance is $1396.17 and the CD amounts are $3395.69, $1104.59, and $3669.25.
Hal Suter, Chair of Lone Star Sierra, reported that the Lone Star Executive Committee (ExCom) met in Austin on November 17 and 18, and stated that Sheleen Walker, the new Executive Director of Lone Star, was present. The ExCom members noted that the Texas House has gained six Democratic members as a result of the Nov. 6th election. Of local interest is the replacement of Connie Scott by Abel Herrero. Another matter discussed by the ExCom was the possible future use of Skype to conduct some of the Lone Star regional group meetings. In addition, Hal reminded members that the document describing current Sunset review activity of the Texas Railroad Commission can be found athttp://www.sunset.state.tx.us/83rd/RC/RC_SR.pdf. The deadline for comments is November 30.
Membership Chair Lois Huff reported that the Coastal Bend Sierra Group now has 454 members. Pat Suter asked Lois if she would begin e-mailing a monthly report of new members to the CBSC Executive Committee and Lois agreed to do so. Lois and Pat are encouraged by the enthusiasm of TAMU-CC student members of the Islander Student Environmental Action League (ISEAL) who have begun meeting with CBSC members prior to monthly gatherings of the Coastal Bend Bays Foundations Coastal Issues Forum.
Joyce Jarmon who serves on the community-wide Long Term Health and Industrial Committees, reported that recent emissions of benzene from local industrial operations have been low with just one exception. A spike of less than one hour in duration occurred in October, and thus far cause and source of that spike have not been explained. Joyce also reported that ships using the local channel and Port of Corpus Christi facilities have recently begun using cleaner diesel fuel. This cleaner fuel has significantly lowered sulfur dioxide emissions in that area.
Member Judy Landress, who is active in the Clean Economy Coalition, reported that Senator Barbara Boxer has introduced an amendment to prohibit use of lead in sportsmens ammunition. Judy explained that this is a compromise amendment to the Sportsmens Act, S, 3525 and that many environmental groups are supporting Sen. Boxers amendment since the damage of lead in the environment is well documented. After discussion, the Executive Committee of CBSC empowered Judy to take necessary action to have our Coastal Bend Group sign on to the amendment by the Friday, November 23 deadline. The votes on S. 3525 (Reid-Tester Sportsmens Bill) are scheduled for Monday, November 26.
Submitted by Venice Scheurich, November 20, 2012
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