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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


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COASTAL BEND SIERRA CLUB MEETING MINUTES September 2011

The Coastal Bend Sierra Club (CBSC) held its first meeting of the new season from 11:30 am until 1:30 pm at the main library on Comanche Street on Tuesday, September 20. After opening the meeting and reminding members that minutes are posted on the CBSC website, Chairperson Pat Suter expressed her gratitude and appreciation for Webmaster Cheryl McGrath’s prompt posting of minutes and work to maintain the CBSC Website.

Treasurer Teresa Carrillo presented her September report, which shows a checking account balance of $1,296.73 and a total value of CBSC’s three Navy Army Credit Union CDs of $7,954.87. After a brief discussion, members decided to have a garage sale at Pat’s house on Saturday, November 5. Pat will send a reminder later, but she requests that members now begin collecting items for sale.

After announcing that more wind energy generation for the local area is currently in the planning phase, Pat reported that several CBSC members had attended one or more of the three informational meetings held here this summer.

Lone Star Sierra President Hal Suter reported on several Lone Star issues of concern. Hal participated in the Texas Renewal Energy Association’s training session this summer. He plans to testify for Lone Star Sierra at the September 28 Austin hearing on the proposed Keystone Pipeline from Canada, which would go through several U.S. states. He also led a brief discussion on whether CBSC wanted to participate in a workshop on long-term strategic planning for Sierra groups which would be conducted by Lone Star staff. Members decided not to participate in this activity.

On November 11 and 12 Hal will be in Austin for Lone Star Sierra’s two day strategic planning session, and he will also preside at the meeting of the Executive Committee on November 13. Hal reported that the Apollo Alliance and the Blue Green Alliance have merged into the Texas BlueGreen Apollo Program. One issue the group will push is that of energy efficiency which is much cheaper than building new power plants.

Hal also reported that the Sierra Club and the District 6 Communications Workers of America (CWA) have formed a coalition. David Cortez of the Texas BlueGreen Apollo Program will be in Corpus Christi to speak to CBSC and CWA members during the evening of Tuesday, November 15. The evening meeting will provide the opportunity for CBSC members who are unable to attend daytime meetings to participate.

Mina Williams, Pat Suter, and Venice Scheurich, who have followed the efforts of Uranium Energy Corporation (UEC) to obtain permits to begin in situ uranium mining in Goliad County, attended a meeting in Goliad on August 4. Venice reported that this was a public meeting hosted by the Goliad County Groundwater Conservation District. It was attended by several Region 6 EPA Water Department staff member, who heard comments from concerned local and regional citizens. Several hundred people attended the two-hour meeting. Members of the EPA staff answered questions from the audience and stated that there would be a thorough review of the UEC application for an aquifer exemption in Goliad County. There is no set time for EPA to finalize the process and make their decision.

CBSC treasurer Teresa Carrillo is also an elected representative to the Lone Star Sierra Executive Committee, and she has recently been appointed to serve on the Texas Railroad Commission’s twenty- member Eagle Ford Task Force. She reported that the next meeting will be in Cuero and the main topic for discussion will be pipelines. The following meeting will be on the possible impacts of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) on water.

In addition, Teresa serves on the Board of the Gulf of Mexico Restoration Network. She will distribute information on behalf of that organization at Sun Fest in McCaughan Park on Saturday, September 24, and stated that she would also publicize CBSC activities at the Sun Fest.

Joyce Jarmon, who serves on the community-wide Industrial Health Committee, reported that air emissions have been relatively stable over the summer months and are at a much lower level than they were a few years ago before monitoring began and before companies invested in cleaning up their operations.

Membership chair Lois Huff reported that CBSC now has 447 individual members. Fifty new members were added to the list last month.

 

Submitted by Venice Scheurich on Sept. 20, 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    
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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
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Community Advisory Council/Long Term Health Care
Edie Cosgrove   Refinery Emissions
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