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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 treasurer’s 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 at http://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 Foundation’s 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 sportsmen’s ammunition. Judy explained that this is a compromise amendment to the Sportsmen’s Act, S, 3525 and that many environmental groups are supporting Sen. Boxer’s 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 Sportsmen’s Bill) are scheduled for Monday, November 26.

Submitted by Venice Scheurich, November 20, 2012



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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 Chapter   Chair
COMMITTEE CHAIRS    
    Recycling
Shelley Fox
Lois Huff
Teresa Carillo
  Activities
Venice Scheurich  &
Mina Williams
241-4289

882-1179


Uranium Mining
Bill Alling 289-9090 Air Quality
    Membership
Hal Suter and Mina
Williams
852-7938 Political
Hal Suter 852-7938 Walks
Hal Suter
Teresa Carrillo
852-7938 Lone Star Chapter Chair & Represent.
Joyce Jarmon   Refinery Emissions &
Community Advisory Council/Long Term Health Care
Edie Cosgrove   Refinery Emissions
Cheryl McGrath   Webmaster

  Cheryl McGrath      Webmaster
 
csmcgrath@earthlink.net
             

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    • City of Corpus Christi

      Mayor Joe Adame                             District 1 Kevin Kieschnick email:  joea@cctexas.com                 email:kkieschnick.cc@stx.rr.com                         


      Brent Chesney at Large                     Nelda Martinez at Large
      brentjchesney@aol.com                       nelda@neldamartinez.com

      Mark Scott at Large
      mscott@sanjacintotitle.com
      Work: (361) 985-2004
      Home: (361) 814-9220
      Business Address: 5026 Holly Road, 78411
                                

             District 2  John Marez                               District 3 Pricilla Leal   
           
    johnmarezdistrict2@yahoo.com                  pricillalealatdistrict3@yahoo.com  


             District 4 Chris Alder
             email:
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            District 5 Larry Elizondo                                   
            email: LRElizondoSr@Hotmail.com                  



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