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South Texas Uranium News - Update 8/27/10

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

                             Ridley Turtle update - 9/01/10


COASTAL BEND SIERRA CLUB February 2011 Meeting Minutes

The Coastal Bend Sierra Club (CBSC) met from 11:30 am until 1:30 pm on Tuesday, February 15 at the Central Library, 805 Comanche Street. After calling the meeting to order, Chairperson Pat Suter reminded members that meeting minutes are posted on the CBSC website and asked Treasurer Teresa Carrillo for her report. Teresa reported that the checking account balance is $ 1,301.67 and she stated that one of the club’s three CD’s will mature on February 23. She will reinvest the funds where the rate of interest is best—possibly at the Navy Army Federal Credit Union where the other two CD’s are invested. At present, the total value of the three CD’s is $7,900.96.

Pat then called on others to make announcements, comments, and reports.

Hal Suter, Lone Star Sierra Club president, was in Austin on January 29 to preside at the Lone Star Executive Committee (ExCom) meeting where he was reelected for another term as Lone Star’s president. Hal was also in Austin on January 26 to attend the TCEQ meeting at which the Commissioners voted to grant the air permit for the Las Brisas Power Center. He reported that the EPA is now evaluating the matter. From February 8-10, Hal attended a national green jobs conference in Washington, DC, where he met with members of the Apollo Alliance, the Blue Green Alliance, and other environmental groups in discussions of how to increase interest in environmentally friendly jobs. He also met with representatives from the Communications Workers of America, and heard EPA Director Lisa Jackson’s speech on the topic of how jobs are often created when industry initiates compliance with new regulations.

Hal reported that the National Sierra group is beginning to comment on drilling in national park and monument areas. Because of CBSC and Lone Star Sierra’s experience with oil and gas drilling on Padre Island National Seashore, he requested that members who have comments on this matter send them to him so that he can forward them to the national group.

This week, February 17-19, Hal will be back in Austin, where the board of National Sierra will be meeting. On the evening of the 17th, he will speak to the board about the Lone Star Sierra Chapter and the role its members play in Texas environmental matters.

Teresa Carrillo announced that the Carrillo ranch, approximately 15 miles from Hebbronville, recently suffered a devastating grass fire which destroyed hay and grass. This unfortunate event resulted in making visible many species of birds, including burrowing owls, white tail kites, quail, and several kinds of raptors. Teresa is generously planning to invite CBSC members to come to the ranch soon for a Saturday field trip to bird watch. As soon as the date has been set, she will notify Pat, who will e-mail members the details.

Venice Scheurich and Mina Williams stated that there are no new developments to report at this time on the uranium activity in Goliad County. They also reported that most of this year’s approximately 1,520 cold-stunned green sea turtles have survived; 280 of these survivors were released into the Gulf from North Padre Island on Sunday, February 13 before a crowd of approximately 2000 spectators.

Edith Cosgrove attended this month’s meeting of the Industrial Long-Term Health Committee. She informed members that air monitoring shows a substantial decline in refinery area hydrocarbon emissions for the first few weeks of this year.

Membership chair Lois Huff circulated lists of those whose memberships expired in December and of new members, suggesting that calls might be made to those whose memberships have expired. Lois stated that she will report next month on the connection between membership and receipt of the Sierra magazine.

Lois asked members to save the date of Saturday, April 30, when the League of Women Voters will host an educational forum on water issues in Texas. Included in the topics will be groundwater management, desalination, hydraulic fracturing, a review of Texas Water Law, and the importance of water management in the Corpus Christi area. The forum will be held from 8:30 am until 12 noon at TAMUCC in the Natural Resources Building.

After several members commented favorably on the initial success of the city’s new recycling program, Pat offered to look into the possibility that CBSC members might tour the recycling facility.

CBSC member Brian Burke has been following the Dona Park health monitoring activities. He reported on a recent meeting where it was announced that the federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry will conduct a year-long study from all of the local air monitoring stations. Brian pointed out that no monitoring is currently being done for toxic metal detection. He is hopeful that an audit of our air monitoring system will result in significant improvements in detection of harmful emissions.

In her final comment, Pat informed the group that Jeanne Adams has again graciously invited CBSC to host a membership party and silent auction at her house in May. This offer was received with appreciation.

Submitted by Venice Scheurich, February 15, 2011





Pat Suter 852-7938 Chairman    
Mina Williams 882-1179 V.Chairman
Teresa Carrillo 361-672-4703 Treasurer
Venice Scheurich  241-4289 Secretary
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