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OUR NEXT SIERRA CLUB MEETING IS Tuesday, OCTOBER 15, 2002  
Time: 12:15 pm
Place:  Art Community Center, 100 Shoreline
Topic:

Comments from the Chair:
(These comments were published just prior to the September, 2002 meeting)

We have a very full agenda but the main topics will be the latest
assault on the environment locally. Packery Channel heads the list (again)
and we will have the latest info then. Writing to Congress is really
necessary immediately as the Appropriations Committee will be considering
funds for the channel. A few address will be listed below. Two other issues
will be aired. One is the plans by the General Land Office to build a
restaurant below the high bridge on the Kennedy Causeway in the flats near
Snoopy's. Then there is the request for a permit by BNP to drill In Laguna
Madre. This is the first of some 20 wells and they need something or
somewhere to mitigate the damage. This si the firm which is drill in the
National Seashore and which has the very BAD dump site on Laguna Shores Road
in Flour Bluff.

The comment period on Packery Channel is open until September 27. Send your
comments to District Engineer, Galveston District, .S. Army Corps of
Engineers, PO Box 1229, Galveston, TX 77953-1229.

Comments to Congress may be made to Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison by fax at
(202) 224-0776 or by postcard to 284 Russell Senate Office Bldg, Washington,
D.C. 20510


Rep Solomon Ortiz can be contacted by telephone locally at 361-883-5868.
Just give your message to the aide.

More addresses will be available at the meeting on Tuesday. Special thanks
go to Mina Williams and Marie Speer who have searched the internet for this
information.

- Pat Suter

Fourteen members attended the Sept. 18 meeting, presided over by Pat Suter, Chair.
Our guest was Brian Syfert, Conservation Chair for the Lone Star Chapter.
We discussed propositions on the November City of Corpus Christi ballot, the second
Coastal Bend Wildlife Photo contest, BNP & TGLO permit applications, and
Packery Channel.

Sierra Club was a sponsor of the first Wildlife photo contest in 2001. The mission is
to save and create wildlife habitat. Landowners in surrounding ten counties are invited
to team up with photographers, who have several months to shoot pics. Prizes ranged
from $7,500 to $50 for about 275 total awards in 2001. It was moved and voted
affirmatively that CB Sierra Club contribute $500.00, as was done in the first contest.

BNP Petroleum has applied for a permit to build up a 14-acre bird rookery near
Baffin Bay with dredged material from an access channel to the drilling site. There are
plusses and minuses. Sierra will comment. (See Caller-Times Sep 19, p.B1, for details.)

The Texas General Land Office has applied for a permit to develop the "Village" See
details on Home Page. Sierra will contest aspects that are troublesome.

September 27 is last day to comment on Packery Channel DEIS. (Address available
on this site.) Pat reported that fundamental scientific research and studies re Packery
have not been noted (considered?) by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (USACE)
Draft Environmental Impact Statement. Another key point: The channel location is
wrong. It was moved north of the area originally authorized by Congress. Now it will
go through critical dunes. Put it back. Also, there is a serious question, applicable in
both locations, as to the amount of non-beach sediment that will be dredged up with
the sand, and where it should be put. Now USACE plans to "store" it on the Packery
beach. Dr. Henry Berryhill volunteered to comment on this to USACE.

It was suggested that people send comments on Packery Channel to Rep. Ortiz, Sen.
Hutchison and the Corps of Engineers.

Frank Hankins, Secretary.

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