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South Texas Uranium News - Update 4/5/11

                            Coastal Bend Sierra Club's Comments on TCEQ's Draft Rules for Uranium Mining in Texas

                                         
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                           Ridley Turtle update - 4/13/11

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COASTAL BEND SIERRA CLUB MEETING MINUTES December 2011

Prior to convening at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, December 20 at the main library on Comanche Street for the regular monthly meeting, members of the Coastal Bend Sierra Club (CBSC) met on Agnes Street for a visit and tour of the City of Corpus Christi’s recycling facility. Those on the tour reported that it was an interesting and educational experience. After opening the meeting, Chair Pat Suter reminded members that minutes of last month’s meeting are posted on the CBSC website. Treasurer Teresa Carrillo then passed around a copy of her December report for members to read.

Membership Chair Lois Huff circulated a report showing that CBSC currently has 443 members. She also circulated a list showing names of members who are new or are transferring into CBSC, as well as a list with names of those whose memberships have recently expired. Lois plans to send welcoming emails to new members, as well as those transferring in, and she suggested that current members may want to contact those whose memberships have expired and invite them to rejoin the group.

Edith Cosgrove and Pat Suter gave a brief report of their participation on the local industrial committees. They stated that there is evidence that efforts of this area’s refining companies to control harmful air emissions are showing success. On another industrial matter, Hal Suter, Lone Star Sierra Chapter Chair, reported that some Sierrans from Kansas had recently expressed concern about an internet site item which indicated that a South Texas Sierra group was partnering with a company which operates an area refinery. He said that this was a misunderstanding, and he explained how this confusion had arisen and how it was resolved.

Vice-Chair Mina Williams and Conservation Chair Venice Scheurich attended several days of the recent "Whooping Crane Trial" in Federal Court, and they also attended much of last week’s sessions of the Kleberg County "Uranium Trial" in 105th District Court. They reported that a judgment in the federal trial is not expected before summer, and that the proceedings in the Kleberg County trial will continue into January. Also, Venice has been participating in the EPA’s project to revise some of the federal regulations for in-situ uranium recovery, and she shared with members the written comments which she submitted on behalf of CBSC to the EPA’s Science Advisory Board on December 14th.

Teresa Carrillo, who is an elected member of Lone Star Sierra’s Executive Committee, serves on the Eagle Ford Shale Task Force, and she also serves on several water conservation groups. She reported that the most recent Eagle Ford Shale Task Force meeting was a closed-to-the-public session in which the task force heard several presentations on availability of water for the rapidly increasing oil/gas drilling activities in Eagle Ford Shale counties. Teresa also serves on the Gulf of Mexico Restoration Network which was created after the 2010 BP oil spill. She stated that the Network has played an active role in getting assurances that most of the funds will be allocated for environmental restoration of areas suffering greatest ecological damage.

The Transition Committee composed of Lois Huff, Teresa Carrillo, and Hal Suter, was recently appointed by Pat Suter to plan for moving CBSC forward in a manner which will interest a greater number of members to participate in club activities. Lois Huff, who chairs this committee, reported that the group has met and suggests the following: Pat Suter will remain in position of CBSC Chair, but help for Pat will be recruited for tasks as they arise and she will be helped regularly with the newsletter by Pat Gomez and Teresa; Lois will remain as Membership Chair, but needs help in communicating with new members and with members whose memberships have recently expired; CBSC will pay fees for Shelley Fox to become trained in CPR so that our group can qualify for sponsoring outings; Hal, with assistance offered by Shelley Fox, will seek alternative meeting sites and times; and Hal will contact Webmaster Cheryl McGrath to request that CBSC newsletters be posted on our group’s Website.

Prior to adjourning, Hal reminded members that CBSC treasurer, Teresa Carrillo, is standing for reelection to the Lone Star Sierra Club’s Executive Committee, and he urged them to vote before the January 5, 2012, deadline, on the ballot provided in the current issue of Lone Star Sierran. Photocopied ballots will not be accepted.

Members of the Coastal Bend Sierra Club Executive Committee and Representatives to Lone Star Sierra agreed to serve another term, and they were elected by acclamation.

Submitted by Venice Scheurich, December 20, 2011


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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   Represent.
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 Representataive to Lone Star Chapter
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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