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Time: 11:30am
Place: Call Pat Suter or Venice Scheurich for location

Minutes of Coastal Bend Sierra Club   Meeting—Sept. 20, 2005

COASTAL BEND SIERRA CLUB September 2005 Meeting Minutes

The Coastal Bend Sierra Club met at 11:30 am at the Central Library on Comanche St. on Tuesday, September 20. After Chair Pat Suter welcomed members, she gave a brief financial report and reminded members that meeting minutes were posted on the Coastal Bend Sierra’s web site.

Chair Suter reported on the recent meeting of the Coastal Bend Bays Foundation at which Tom Utter of the City of Corpus Christi presented the city’s plan for building a 300-car parking lot near the beach on North Padre Island. There was then discussion of how state legislation in the 1990’s authorized closure of a portion of nearby beach to vehicular traffic.

Venice Scheurich reported on this year’s sea turtle nesting on the Texas Coast. There were 57 clutches found of which 51 were Kemp’s ridley, four were green, and two were loggerhead. Of the Kemp’s ridleys, seven were found on Galveston Island, one on Matagorda Peninsula, three on Matagorda Island, two on Mustang Island, one on North Padre Island north of the National Seashore, 28 at Padre Island National Seashore, six on South Padre Island, and three on Boca Chica Beach. The totals of 51 for Texas and 28 for the National Seashore are new all time highs for those locations.

Chair Suter reported that Valero Refinery has agreed to sign on to EPA’s consent decree for controlling harmful air emissions resulting from their refining processes. Of the local refineries, Flint Hills was the first and Valero the last to sign on. On the national level, Exxon-Mobile has not yet consented to the decree.

On recycling, Mrs. Suter reported that Sierra has begun a program of helping members to responsibly dispose of old cell phones. She will provide details in next month’s newsletter.

Mina Williams reported that Patrick Millham of the Gulf Restoration Network contacted her regarding Sierra’s position on LNG proposals and their possible effects on the Gulf’s fishery. Mina suggested that he discuss these matters with Chair Suter and Mrs. Suter agreed.

Hal Suter reported on his participation as a voting delegate at the Sierra Summit in San Francisco from September 8th through the 11th. He participated in working groups which were asked to envision how they would like this country to be in 2020 and to set priorities by which Sierra could help achieve such a vision. High on the list of priorities was building a new energy future. Defending federal lands and public waters, promoting wise individual and consumer choices, and protecting people and the planet from pollution were also high on the priority list. He participated in a workshop on trade and attended speeches by Al Gore, Robert Kennedy, Bill Maher, and Adriana Huffington.

Based on his Amtrak experience to and from San Francisco, Hal also gave an account of rail travel in the U.S. today. He will write a report for the next newsletter.

The meeting adjourned at 1:10 pm.

 Submitted by Venice Scheurich

January 2005 Kemp's Ridley Update by Mina Williams & Venice Scheurich


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Venice Scheurich  241-4289 Secretary
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