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COASTAL BEND SIERRA CLUB December 2008 Meeting Minutes
The Coastal Bend Sierra Club (CBSC) met on Tuesday, December 2, from 11:30
am until 1:00 pm at the Central Library at 805 Comanche St. After welcoming members and
reminding them that minutes of the November meeting are on CBSCs website,
Chairperson Pat Suter asked for a treasurers report. Treasurer Teresa Carrillo
stated that she had deposited $373 in the checking account from proceeds resulting from
the annual garage sale. The checking account now contains a little over $1600.
Mina Williams and Venice
Scheurich gave a brief report of the Uranium Reseach and Advisory Committee meeting which
they had attended this morning in Goliad. They also reported on last weeks Bee
County Commissioners Court meeting at which, after considerable discussion, the
commissioners decided not to pass a resolution endorsing in situ uranium mining in their
county. The letter of endorsement had been requested by officials of two uranium companies
operating in South Texas. Company executives, apparently, had hoped to obtain the
Courts endorsement letter and use it to persuade state legislators convening in
January that opponents of in situ mining did not have strong support.
Hal Suter, who is active in the
newly formed local group Clean Economy Coalition, which opposes Chases Las Brisas
coke fired power plant proposal, reported that CBSC member Naomi Linzer has been elected
treasurer of the coalition. Michael Smith is president and Dr. L. Stehn is secretary. Hal
also reported that the Executive Committee of the Nueces County Medical Society will hold
a press conference soon voicing their opposition to the Las Brisas project.
Joyce Jarmon and Edith Cosgrove ,
who serve on the local industrial advisory committees, reported that the technician in
charge of the industrial zone air monitors which were set up by the University of Texas
made a recent presentation to the Long Term Health Committee. Pat Suter reminded members
that the TCEQ website reports readings of local air monitoring which are updated every
Teresa Carrillo, who serves as an
environmental representative on the Region N Water Planning Group, said that the
Regions water plan has been posted on the Nueces River Authority website and
comments on the plan are now being taken. Hal Suter moved, with a second by Joyce Jarmon,
that Teresa be authorized to write CBSCs official comment on Region Ns plan.
Also on water issues, Hal reminded the group that scientific committees and planners have
started work on the coastal projects which were mandated in SB 3. Pat, Teresa, and Hal are
informed on this process and will provide updates to CBSC.
Pat Suter briefed members on efforts
by Lone Star Sierra and by the Grand Canyon Chapter Sierrans in Arizona to stop and, in
the future, "undo" work on the Border Fence. These efforts are being made
because in building the fence the Department of Homeland Security is avoiding requirements
of thirty federal laws including the Endangered Species Act and the Clean Water Act. CBSC
members agreed to send a monetary donation to the Grand Canyon Chapter to help with their
Hal Suter, our representative on the
Lone Star Executive Committee, again reminded members to watch for the upcoming issue of
the Lone Star Sierran and look for the enclosed ballot which will include Teresa
Carrillos name as a candidate for an ExCom position. Pat stated that usually about
300 members voted (out of 21,000+ members). Therefore, even though CBSCs membership
is small compared to large urban areas, if we all vote, Teresas chances should be
In other business, Joyce Jarmon
moved that the current slate of officers be reelected, and Edith Cosgrove seconded the
motion which carried unanimously.
In the final item of business, it
was decided that CBSC should have an official statement to submit to the Corpus Christi
City Council regarding proposals for building coal or coke-fired power plants. Teresa
Carrillo moved, with a second by Hal Suter, that our position should state that no new
power plant should be constructed without regulating carbon dioxide emissions. The motion
Submitted by Venice Scheurich,
December 2, 2008.
COASTAL BEND GROUP
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