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COASTAL BEND SIERRA CLUB March 2011 Meeting Minutes
The Coastal Bend Sierra Club (CBSC) met from 11:30 am until 1:15 pm on Tuesday, March 15 at the Central Library, 805 Comanche Street. After opening the meeting, Chairperson Pat Suter stated that meeting minutes are posted on the CBSC website and that she would send a draft of todays minutes by e-mail to planning group members as soon as she receives them. Pat then called for the treasurers report from Teresa Carrillo, who stated that the checking account balance is $1301.67 and that the status of the three CDs is the same as last month.
Pat then made several announcements and called on committee chairs to comment on their activities.
She reminded members that Earth Day/Bay Day will be at the TAMUCC campus and that CBSC will again be a co-sponsor. She has paid the $500 fee from funds that were left in Ken Jobes will, with the understanding that they be used for environmental work. Pat has requested that the event sign indicate that the CBSC co-sponsorship is in memory of Ken Jobe.
On another matter, Pat has contacted the head of the citys recycling program about the possibility of our CBSC groups touring the recycling operations facility and she reported that he is enthusiastic about that. She will request that the tour be arranged on the third Tuesday of April or May and notify members by e-mail when the date and time are definite.
Teresa Carrillo, who serves on the Lone Star Sierra Clubs Executive Committee (ExCom) and who chaired this years awards banquet committee, announced that winners will be honored at the banquet in Austin on April 9. She announced that local attorney Pat Morris, who will receive the Chapter Conservation Award for his many hours of work on the Las Brisas case, will be among the honorees. Other awards and winners as well as details of the banquet can be found on the Lone Star Sierra website.
Mina Williams and Venice Scheurich, who follow activity by uranium mining companies in South Texas, reported news from several counties. Goliad County has been notified that TCEQ has approved the Aquifer Exemption (AE) request from Uranium Energy Corporation (UEC). However, UEC cannot begin
in situ mining unless the EPA also approves the AE. Mina and Venice also reported on developments in Kleberg, Duval, Live Oak, and Bee counties. In Kleberg, County Judge Angelica Hernandez, after a hearing in 105th District Court, ruled that the case between Kleberg County and Uranium Resources Inc. (URI) will be decided by a jury with a trial scheduled to begin in November. In Duval County, UEC has filed a permit application with TCEQ to begin production in PAA 2 at the La Palagana Mine. Members of that countys recently established groundwater conservation district hosted a public meeting in San Diego on March 11 for the purpose of hearing a TCEQ presentation on that agencys role in regulating uranium mining. In addition, citizens in Bee and Live Oak counties have requested information on potential effects of in situ uranium mining on groundwater.
Joyce Jarmon, Edith Cosgrove, and Pat regularly attend meetings of the communitys Long Term Health Group. Joyce reported that TCEQ officials made a presentation on air-emissions monitoring in the local refinery area. Since there had been a spike of benzene measured at the Hailey monitor for a short period in February, meeting attendees were hoping that the officials would announce the source of that spike; however, the TCEQ representatives have thus far not been able to determine that.
Lois Huff will again this year serve as coordinator of the community Environmental Candidate Forum. She announced that planners hope that the site will be Del Mar College and she stated that the likely date will be April 27 or 28. Lois is also the Sierra representative on the planning committee for the April 30 water conference, which will be from 8:30 am until noon at TAMUCC. Among the topics discussed will be groundwater management, surface water, aquifer recovery, and hydraulic fracturing. More details of this conference can be found on the League of Women Voters website.
In final announcements, Pat reminded members that todays local newspaper lists all candidates for upcoming city elections. She also stated that she would contact Jeanne Adams, who has again offered her home for the May CBSC party, to arrange the datepossibly May 12. Teresa Carrillo has offered to arrange the silent auction, which will occur that evening.
Submitted by Venice Scheurich, March 15, 2011
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