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COASTAL BEND SIERRA CLUB MEETING MINUTES May 2012
On Tuesday, May 15, the Coastal Bend Sierra Club (CBSC) met from 11:30 am to 1:40 pm at the Central Library on Comanche Street. Chairperson Pat Suter welcomed the group, noting that, thanks to Venice Scheurich, excellent minutes are posted on the website each month. There was no treasurers report.
Lone Star Sierra president Hal Suter gave the group a summary of his recent travels and events attended on behalf of Lone Star. He and Pat were in Austin recently to attend a party honoring Director Ken Kramer, who is retiring after serving for thirty-seven years in this important position. Hal had no news at this time regarding who will succeed Ken. Hal also attended a water conference in Austin on April 27.
Further, Hal was in Dallas on May 8 to represent Lone Star Sierra at a press conference regarding transparency in trans-Pacific trade negotiations. A coalition composed of labor and environmental and trade reform advocates presented a petition signed by over 24,000 Americans asking the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) to publicly release its proposals for the controversial new Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Free Trade Agreement. The petition was presented to the staff of USTR at the hotel where US top trade official Ron Kirk was holding a five-day meeting. "The people whose lives will be affected all deserve a chance to weigh in on TPP proposals at a point when their ideas still have an opportunity to be incorporated. Thats how policymaking works in a democracy," Hal said.
CBSC members present discussed the letter which was published on Monday, May 7, stating that 345th District Court Judge Stephen Yelenosky of Travis County intends to send back a state-issued air quality permit to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) for review. This decision will delay the development of the Las Brisas Energy Plant for an undetermined time, and may require additional hearings or briefings to determine whether the permit will be reversed or reversed and remanded.
Carolyn Moon reported that the sustainability effort in Corpus Christi is progressing. Joyce Jarmon had no industry report this month, and Mina Williams announced that so far this season, 100 Kemps ridley sea turtle nests have been found on the Texas coast48 at the Padre Island National Seashore. Mina offered no report on uranium, but announced that the Kleberg County v Uranium Resources, Inc., trial is underway again in Kingsville. It is expected to conclude this week.
Lois Huff, membership chairperson, reported that as of this month there are 465 members of CBSC. She also suggested that the group might consider a summer outing--perhaps a nature walk and picnic. Mary Maul expressed her interest is Indian Point as a suitable location. Pat may call a meeting during the summer months to consider further plans for such an event.
Lois also asked the group to support the Surf Riders Foundation in an effort to get the Corpus Christi city council to pass an ordinance similar to the one in Brownsville to charge people one dollar per transaction to use plastic bags. At present, according to Hal, the city is paying $190K annually to clean up these bags strewn about the city. The following motion passed unanimously: "CBSC will partner with the Surf Riders Foundation in their effort to improve the plastic bag situation in Corpus Christi."
Lois reported that plans for the "Membership Bash" at Jeanne Adams house on Thursday evening, May 17, are on schedule. She asked members to come early and help set up for the party. Pat thanked those who had helped at Earth Day/Bay Day this year.
Submitted by Mina Williams, May 15, 2012
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