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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


                           Ridley Turtle update - 4/13/11

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COASTAL BEND SIERRA CLUB April 2011 Meeting Minutes

The Coastal Bend Sierra Club (CBSC) met from 11:30 am until 1:30 pm on Tuesday, April 19 at the Central Library, 805 Comanche Street. After opening the meeting and announcing that meeting minutes are posted on the CBSC website, Chairperson Pat Suter asked for a report from Treasurer Teresa Carrillo. Teresa reported a current balance of $1,252.29 in the checking account and $95.50 in cash proceeds received from plant sales and donations received at CBSC’s Earth Day/Bay Day booth. The status of the three CD’s is unchanged from last month.

Prior to leading a discussion on Earth Day/Bay Day comments and outcomes for this year and plans for next year, Pat acknowledged Corpus Christi Caller-Times reports featuring two CBSC members, Lois Huff and Linda Price-May. Linda’s impressive former as well as on-going work with dolphins received extensive coverage in David Sikes’ column of April 10. Lois’ valuable YWCA volunteer work was honored by the Mirador Senior Living Community as the first recipient of the 2011 Mirador Salute to Seniors Award.

Lois Huff reported that the League of Women Voters, by providing organizational help, is assisting several local environmental groups, including CBSC and the Coastal Bend Bays Foundation (CBBF), in planning an Environmental Candidates’ Forum to be held at St. John’s Methodist Church at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, April 27th. Lois also reminded members that the League of Women Voters (LWV) is sponsoring a forum—"Texas Water: Commodity or Natural Resource?"--from 8:30 am until 12:30 pm on Saturday, April 30th. This forum will be held at the Carlos F. Truan Natural Resource Center at TAMU-CC. For more information see the LWV website.

Edith Cosgrove, Joyce Jarmon, and Pat Suter regularly attend meetings of The Community Council’s Long Term Health Group. Edith reported that recent benzene emissions were the lowest they have been in many years and that industry continues efforts to reduce harmful air emissions.

Mina Williams and Venice Scheurich, who monitor Kemp’s ridley sea turtle nesting season activities and in situ uranium mining work in South Texas, reported that they have updated the CBSC website in both of these areas within the past two weeks. The turtle update on the CBSC website includes a report on this season’s first (April 7) Padre Island National Seashore nesting turtle. Featured on the uranium news update is a direct link to a report entitled "URANIUM MINING IN TEXAS: WHY IS IT DONE THAT WAY?"

by Dr. Roland L. Sass, who is a chemist and a fellow at Rice University’s James A. Baker III Institute.

Pat Suter reported that DeWitt County CBSC member Sister Elizabeth Riebschlaeger called to express her concern about Eagle Ford Shale oil/gas "fracking" and its effect on groundwater in DeWitt and surrounding counties in the Eagle Ford area.

Teresa, Lois, and Pat are making plans for the CBSC "Membership Appreciation Bash," which will take place from 5:00 to 7:00 pm on May 12th at the home of Jeanne Adams, 215 Louisiana. Teresa asks that items for the silent auction be brought to her home at 730 Harrison St. no later than May 11. If it is not possible for contributors to drop off items at her house, Teresa is offering to pick them up.

In additional comments, Pat announced that the Hans and Pat Suter Park re-dedication ceremony will be held at the park at 2:30 pm on Friday, April 29th, and that she will participate in a Corpus Christi meeting sponsored by the US Department of State Office of Visitors’ Program on climate change and renewable energy on April 27th. Also, Membership Chair Lois Huff reported that CBSC now has 454 individual members and that several long-standing members have recently renewed their membership.

Teresa Carrillo reminded members of the Gulf Coast Eco System Task Force listening-session meeting at the Ortiz Center at 5:30 pm on April 20th.

Submitted by Venice Scheurich, April 19, 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

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      Mayor Joe Adame                             District 1 Kevin Kieschnick email:  joea@cctexas.com                 email:kkieschnick.cc@stx.rr.com                         


      Brent Chesney at Large                     Nelda Martinez at Large
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      Work: (361) 985-2004
      Home: (361) 814-9220
      Business Address: 5026 Holly Road, 78411
                                

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For our families, for our future.

       
A Philosophy of Stewardship               
The Sierra Club's statement of Purpose is:  To explore, enjoy and protect the wild places of the earth; to practice and promote the responsible use of the earth's ecosystems and resources; to educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment; and to use all lawful means to carry out these objectives.

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