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DECEMBER NEWS 2006

Important Events

OUR NEXT COASTAL BEND GROUP SIERRA CLUB MEETING
Jan. 16,  2007
Time: 11:30AM
Place: Comanche Library

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COASTAL BEND SIERRA CLUB December 2006 Meeting Minutes

The Coastal Bend Sierra Club met at 5:00 pm on December 8th at Blucher Nature Center
on Carrizo St. for a brief business meeting followed by a Christmas party. Chairperson
Pat Suter called the meeting to order and asked for the treasurer’s report from Teresa Carrillo,
who replied that the club’s financial statement had not changed since the November summary report.

Pat Suter, Mina Williams, and Venice Scheurich then reported on their November 29th attendance at
an informational meeting on the current status of South Texas uranium mining. The meeting was held
in Luling and was hosted by a citizen’s group, Uranium Information at Goliad, UIAG.
Uranium Energy Corporation began exploratory drilling in May of 2006 on about 2000 acres it has
leased in Goliad County and has now confirmed presence of uranium. The preservation and conservation
of groundwater from the Gulf Coast Aquifer is of concern as in-situ uranium mining moves forward. Pat also
reported that the old mine on the shores of Lake Corpus Christi has been sold and there may soon be a push
to begin in-situ production there.

In additional business, Joyce Jarmon made a motion which was seconded by Edith Cosgrove, that the present
officers be reelected to serve for 2007. The motion carried by acclamation.

At about 5:30 pm the group adjourned and began the party where we were joined in hosting by local staff of the
Nature Conservancy. Special guests included members of the Wildlife Conservation and Rehabilitation Club of
TAMUCC and by members of the Beach Access Coalition.

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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January 2005 Kemp's Ridley Update by Mina Williams & Venice Scheurich

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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 State Delegate
     
COMMITTEE CHAIRS    
     
Venice Scheurich  241-4289 Conservation
Bill Alling   Air Quality
Kathy Griffith 578-5291 Membership/Publicity
Hal Suter and Mina
Williams
852-7938 Political
Hal Suter 852-7938 Walks
Hal Suter 852-7938 Rep. to Lone Star Ch.
Kathy Griffith 578-5291 Field Trips
Teresa Carillo 882-3439 Field Trips
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        Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa    Commissioner Jerry Patterson
        P.O. Box 12068                            GLO 1700 Congress Ave.
        Austin, TX 78711                         Austin, Texas 78701

         Commissioner (Chairman)       President George Bush
          TCEQ                                        The White House
          P.O. Box 13087                       Washington, DC
          Austin, TX 78711                     president@white-house.gov
                                             
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