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                          COASTAL BEND SIERRA CLUB GROUP  Meeting Minutes October 7, 2014

 

The Coastal Bend Sierra Club Group (CBSCG) met on Tuesday, October 7 in the Retama Room of the Corpus Christi Public Library at 805 Comanche Street from 12 noon until 1:10 p.m.

 

After opening the meeting, Chairperson Lois Huff stated that minutes of previous meetings are posted on the CBSCG Website:  http://texas.sierraclub.org/coastalbend/. Lois then announced that she has had a request that CBSCG endorse and support funding the “Teaming with Wildlife Coalition” which is dedicated to fish and wildlife conservation, outdoor recreation, and conservation education.  After brief discussion, members decided to postpone a decision on joining until we investigate their mission.

 

Lois also informed members of a special featured exhibit on Connie Hagar at the History Center for Aransas County.  The exhibit continues through October.  For more information, see:  http://www.aransashistorycenter.org, or e-mail to friends@historycenter.org.

 

In additional announcements, Lois stated that she has renewed and paid $220 for the USPS indicia, and that she will continue asking members for their preferences of meeting locations and times.

 

In discussing the upcoming November election, members of CBSCG unanimously approved a motion by Hal Suter, seconded by Carolyn Moon, to oppose Proposition 3 on the City of Corpus Christi’s section of the ballot.  This proposition would enable the city to sell park land in 20 city parks.  Chairperson Lois Huff agreed to write a letter to the editor publicizing reasons for our group’s opposition.

 

Hal Suter, CBSCG’s representative on the Lone Star Sierra Chapter Executive Committee, reported that Lone Star Sierra has endorsed Wesley Reed for this district’s U.S. House of Representative position, and has endorsed Kim Gonzalez for District 43 State Representative. 

 

Joyce Jarmon and Jack Pope serve on the local Industry/Long Term Health Committee.  They stated that the latest report of air monitoring showed that benzene emissions continue to be low.  Joyce reported her concern that data from local bays shows high levels of biological contamination.  Members discussed some ideas of how the public might be alerted to the seriousness of this contamination so that appropriate precautions could be taken before swimming or fishing in local waters.

 

On the uranium topic, Lois shared a bulletin from TCEQ announcing that URI has filed a permit application for authorization of groundwater restoration resulting from past and future in-situ uranium mining in Duval County.  Venice Scheurich, CBSCG Conservation Chair, commented that Signal Equities has recently filed an application for a permit to conduct extensive in-situ uranium extraction operations in Bee County.

 

On the topic of fracking in the Eagle Ford Shale Play, Venice announced that citizens in the DeWitt County town of Nordheim are protesting a permit application to the TRRC from an oil/gas waste disposal company to build a 204-acre open pit waste dump just one-fourth mile from the city limits.  This dump site would be less than one-half mile from the public school there and the school would be in the path of prevailing winds. An investigative report on this proposed project was released last week by The Center for Public Integrity.  To see the report go to:  http://www.publicintegrity.org/2014/10/02/15826/open-pits-offer-cheap-disposal-fracking-sludge-health-worries-mount.

 

Submitted by Venice Scheurich on October 7, 2014

 

 

 

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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 CHAIRS

 

 

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


 

Hal Suter and Mina Williams

852-7938

Political

 

 

Hal Suter
Teresa Carrillo

852-7938

Lone Star Chapter Chair and Representative

Joyce Jarmon

 

Refinery Emissions &
Community Advisory Council/Long Term Health Care

Jack Pope

 

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 Cheryl McGrath
csmcgrath@earthlink.net

 

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