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                            COASTAL BEND SIERRA CLUB GROUP  Meeting Minutes January  2015

 

The Coastal Bend Sierra Club Group (CBSCG) met on Tuesday, January 6 in the Retama Room of the Corpus Christi Public Library at 805 Comanche Street from 12 noon until 1:30 pm.

 

After opening the meeting, Chairperson Lois Huff read Treasurer Teresa Carrillo’s report which showed $843.96 in the checking account and a total of $8,321.46 balance for the Club’s three CD’s.  Lois then asked Secretary Venice Scheurich to read the minutes from the December 2014 meeting. Teresa Klein moved, with a second by Jim Holm, that they be approved with the following addition suggested by Lois Huff.  The motion passed.

 

ADDITION to Meeting Minutes of December 2, 2014:  CBSCG members Lois Huff, Pat Suter, and Sr. Elizabeth Riebschlaeger attended the November meeting of the local World Affairs Council at which Sr. Elizabeth—along with industry and U.S. State Department officials—were presenters on the topic of hydraulic fracturing.  Among those attending this meeting were members of a visiting Albanian delegation.

 

Lois then asked for suggestions re Committee/Topic Reports for 2015, and she appointed members who will report on these topics monthly.  The topics and reporters are:  Cumulative Impact Policy Development (Members to be assigned later); Fracking—Joyce Jarmon, Teresa Carrillo, Sr. Elizabeth; Industry/Long Term Health—Joyce Jarmon, Pat Suter; Membership—Teresa Klein; Port of Corpus Christi—Jack Pope; Sustainability—Carolyn Moon; Sea Turtles—Mina Williams and Venice Scheurich; Uranium Updates—Mina Williams and Venice Scheurich; Water—Jim Klein; Environmental Justice—Jim Holm.

 

Hal Suter, CBSCG representative to the Lone Star Executive Committee (ExCom), reported that Lone Star Sierra has hired Reggie James as its Interim Executive Director.  Mr. James was formerly an executive affiliated with the Consumers’ Union.  Hal also reported that the next meeting of the ExCom will be this coming weekend in Austin.  In a related matter, Lois will submit a resolution from CBSCG (see minutes of December 2, 2014 meeting) requesting that Lone Star staff consult with members of CBSCG prior to issuing official statements on environmental/industrial matters which directly affect the Coastal Bend region.

 

Joyce Jarmon reported that the recent data reviewed by the Industrial/Long Term Health Committee reveals that air quality in the refinery area seems to have reached a plateau with respect to benzene emissions—neither perfectly clean nor dangerously dirty.  Refinery managers are doing what they can to prevent leaks and install equipment to protect air quality and nearby neighborhoods.  Carolyn Moon agreed to draft a letter to the editor of the Caller-Times commending these refinery efforts.

 

Carolyn Moon reported that the Smart Growth Committee had not met during the holidays, but she anticipates that a topic of discussion at the next meeting will be on the possibility of the city adopting an “idling ordinance” for large diesel engines.

 

Jim Klein and Teresa Carrillo reported that the next meeting of the Region N Water Board will take place in Robstown on January 15.  They encourage Sierra members to attend.  Specific information about the meeting and also about issues that the Region N group deals with can be found at http://www.nueces-ra.org .

 

In addition to the committee reports, members present discussed a wide range of topics which may become priorities in 2015 and gave their opinions on how to work on them.  There was consensus that methods of communicating issues to the public are of utmost importance.

 

Regarding membership and meeting times, Teresa Klein, Hal Suter, and Lois Huff will discuss strategies for bringing in new member.  Pat Suter suggested that it would be good to consider evening meeting times with guest speakers on current topics of local interest.

 

Submitted by Venice Scheurich on January 6, 2015   

 

                      

 

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 COASTAL BEND GROUP EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Lois Huff
huffs@the-i.net

774-1500

Chairperson

Pat Suter
phsuter@stx.rr.com

852-7938

Chairperson Emeritus

Mina Williams
mina141@sbcglobal.net

882-1179

V.Chairperson

Teresa Carrillo
teresaacarrillo@aol.com

361-855-9012

Treasurer

Venice Scheurich 
jave241@sbcglobal.net

241-4289

Secretary

Hal Suter
rabblerouser@stx.rr.com

852-7938

Lone Star Chapter Chair

COMMITTEE REPORTERS

 

 

Venice Scheurich 
jave241@sbcglobal.net

 241-4289

Conservation Chair

Shelley Fox
Lois Huff
Teresa Carrillo

 

Activities

Venice Scheurich  &
Mina Williams

241-4289

882-1179


Uranium Mining &
Ridley Turtles

Carolyn Moon

289-9090

Sustainability

 

Cumulative Impact-Policy Development

Hal Suter and Mina Williams

852-7938

Political

Teresa Klein

Port of Corpus Christi

Jim Klein

Jim Holm

 

Membership

Jack Pope

Water

Environmental Justice

Hal Suter
Teresa Carrillo

852-7938

Lone Star Chapter Chair and Representative

Joyce Jarmon
Pat Suter

 

Refinery Emissions &
Community Advisory Council/Long Term Health Care

Joyce Jarmon, Teresa Carrillo
Sr. Elizabeth

 

Fracking

 Cheryl McGrath
csmcgrath@earthlink.net

 

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