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South Texas Uranium News - Update 10/26/09

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

                             Ridley Turtle update -2/10/10


COASTAL BEND SIERRA CLUB March 2010 Meeting Minutes

The Coastal Bend Sierra Club (CBSC) met on Tuesday, March 2 from 11:30 am until 1:30 pm at the Central Library, 805 Comanche Street. After Chairperson Pat Suter welcomed members and announced that minutes of previous meetings are on the CBSC website, the treasurer’s report was given by Teresa Carrillo. After paying February expenses for the newsletter and depositing a generous donation from one of our members, the checking account balance is $1,226.56. One of CBSC’s three CD’s matured on February 28 and the other two will mature on June 10, 2010. The total value of the CD’s is $7,603.38.

Lone Star Sierra Chair Hal Suter reported that the Lone Star Sierra Executive Committee (ExCom) will work on refining the policy for endorsing candidates for statewide offices so that the process will allow ample time for the Lone Star Political Committee to coordinate with regional Sierra groups. In addition, Hal stated that the ExCom voted to appeal the decision to permit the NRG Limestone III plant in Robertson County. Hal also reminded members that voting would soon take place to elect directors for the national Sierra Club. He also stated that the Apollo Alliance-- a coalition of environmental, business, labor, and social justice groups formed to promote green industry and jobs—may choose to locate in Texas soon. If so, Texas would be the first southern state in the Alliance.

CBSC’s other member of the Lone Star ExCom, Teresa Carrillo, reported that nominations have been received for awards to be given by the Lone Star Sierra Chapter at the April awards banquet in Austin. The awards committee, chaired by Teresa, will decide on the winners by March 3.

Vice Chair Mina Williams reported that she and Conservation Chair Venice Scheurich represented CBSC at a February 22 meeting hosted by Padre Island National Seashore (PAIS). Purpose of the meeting was to discuss the proposed changes in beach speed limits in the area of visitor campsites as well as speed limits during the peak Kemp’s ridley sea turtle nesting season from mid-April through early July. In addition to representatives from CBSC, mediator Chris Moore and PAIS management personnel, representatives from Citizens for Access and Conservation (CAC), Sea Turtle Restoration Project/Help Endangered Animals—Ridley Turtles (STRP/HEART), Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD), and U. S. Fish and Wildlife (USFW) participated. A decision was reached for the Park to commission an Environmental Assessment (EA) to help resolve this matter.

Activity Committee Co-chairs Shelley Fox, Lois Huff, and Teresa Carrillo reported on plans for a bicycle ride to be sponsored by CBSC to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day. The ride will be held on April 17th in conjunction with Corpus Christi’s Earth Day/Bay Day. The ride, which will begin at TAMU-CC, will terminate at CBSC’s booth at Cole Park. Candace Mottet moved and the motion was seconded by Shelley Fox that $250 from the CBSC treasury will be allocated to pay expenses incurred from the ride sponsorship. The motion was unanimously approved. Lois, Teresa and Pat also reported on plans for a membership appreciation party to be held in May. More details will follow at the April meeting. Additionally, members discussed plans for the CBSC booth at Earth Day/Bay Day.

Venice Scheurich reported that she and Mina Williams continue to follow developments in Uranium Energy Corporation’s (UEC’s) plans to begin in situ uranium mining in Goliad County. The county has protested and is preparing for a Contested Case Hearing, which will begin in May. Several CBSC members participated in the October 5, 2009, Public Meeting hosted by TCEQ in Goliad. Venice learned today from the TCEQ Office of Public Assistance that the Executive Director’s response to meeting comments and questions was electronically filed on January 28, 2010, but unlike previous ED responses, meeting participants will not receive U.S. mail copies. Because the Applicant (UEC) requested a direct referral, the ED’s responses are only available on the TCEQ website. Since accessing these responses on the website is tedious, those wishing to read them may click on:

Note: Allow ample time for this to download because it is a long document.


Chair Pat Suter expressed her appreciation and thanks to all committee members and chairs for their efficient and diligent work.


Submitted by Venice Scheurich, March 3, 2010




                       EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Pat Suter 852-7938 Chairman    
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.
Shelley Fox
Lois Huff
Teresa Carillo
Venice Scheurich  &
Mina Williams


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Hal Suter 852-7938 Walks
Hal Suter
Teresa Carrillo
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