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COASTAL BEND SIERRA CLUB MEETING MINUTES March 2012

On Tuesday, March 20, the Coastal Bend Sierra Club (CBSC) met from 11:30 am until 1:30 pm at the Central Library on Comanche Street. After welcoming members, reminding them that meeting minutes are posted on the CBSC Website, and announcing that Treasurer Teresa Carrillo was unable to attend today’s meeting, Chairperson Pat Suter called for committee reports. Teresa had asked Lois Huff to report that she would have a complete treasurer’s report next month and that expenses for this month had totaled $142.00.

Hal Suter, Lone Star Sierra Chapter Chairperson, reported that he had requested agenda items for the March 31 ExCom meeting during which three hours would be spent on discussing the Chapter’s Strategic Plan. Mina Williams, CBSC Vice-Chair, called member’s attention to the fact that Hal is being honored during the Lone Star Awards Banquet, also on March 31, since he is the recipient of the Orrin Bonney Award. This is the Chapter’s highest award and is given to a person who over a number of years has exemplified the spirit of the Sierra Club by contributing time and effort in one or more positions of authority for the Chapter.

Hal reminded members that they would soon receive their ballots for voting on National Sierra Board members, and that the Lone Star Chapter has endorsed Lane Boldman, Spencer Black, Arjun Makhijani, Chris Warshaw, and David Scott for the three year terms. Members may vote for five or fewer of nine candidates and the election deadline is noon (EDT), April 18, 2012. Additionally, Hal suggested that members may want to consider joining the Surfriders in their effort to cut down on use of plastic bags in the community. Members expressed their interest in having discussion of this issue in next month’s meeting, and Pat provided reading material on that topic for members to consider.

Membership Chairperson Lois Huff reported that the current membership total in the Coastal Bend Sierra Group is 449. Pat Suter noted that even though CBSC’s membership is relatively small compared to groups containing large metropolitan areas, CBSC is one of the most active regional groups within the Lone Star Chapter.

Lois is also working with Hal and Teresa on the transition committee which will make recommendations for future operating changes in CBSC, and she is working with Pat, Teresa, and Shelly Fox in planning the annual membership party and silent auction on May 17th at Jeanne Adams’ home. They will report more details on these matters at next month’s meeting.

Conservation Chair Venice Scheurich and Mina Williams gave brief reports on uranium mining activity in Goliad and Kleberg Counties and on hydraulic fracturing and related matters within the Eagle Ford Shale. They reported that the Kleberg County/Uranium Resources Inc. trial in 105th District Court has been in recess since late February, and that Goliad County has not yet received notification from the EPA on whether the Aquifer Exemption requested by Uranium Energy Corporation will be granted or denied.

Mina and Venice also reported on their attendance at a March 17 Town Hall meeting in Cuero where the featured speaker, chemist Wilma Subra, presented findings on how human health could be affected by some of the chemical issues arising from shale exploration and production of oil and gas.

Joyce Jarmon and Pat Suter serve on the community’s standing committee on Long Term Health. They had not been to meetings hosted by industries in the refinery area this month. However, they did express concern over recent reports in the Corpus Christi Caller-Times that hydrogen fluoride leaks at one of the refineries were of long duration.

Member Carolyn Moon, who meets with the city-wide sustainability group, summarized some of the recent discussions within the group and their vision of sustainability as the city moves forward. For example, there is the possibility of redeveloping some of the older parts of the city instead of creating sprawl by continuing to develop new areas. A main idea of the project is to enable smart growth by having all parts of the city work together to maximize protection of natural resources. Carolyn circulated copies of the Corpus Christi Integrated Community Sustainability Plan for members to see.

Member Jack Pope, who is keeping up with some of the projects and decisions at the Port of Corpus Christi, reported that the Port’s six wind generators are currently producing sufficient electricity to supply several thousand homes. He also noted that there will soon need to be a dramatic increase in rail activity to bring the massive amounts of coal for export to China and other foreign destinations. Members expressed the hope that the coal shipments would be managed in such a way that will minimize the dust. For example, use of moisture during the handling of the coal helps significantly.

Submitted by Venice Scheurich, March 20, 2012

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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   Chair
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 Lone Star Chapter Chair & Represent.
Joyce Jarmon   Refinery Emissions &
Community Advisory Council/Long Term Health Care
Edie Cosgrove   Refinery Emissions
Cheryl McGrath   Webmaster

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