Sierra Club Coastal Bend Group, P.O. Box 3512, Corpus Christi, TX 78463

"When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe." - John Muir

Action Alert posted 4/24/2015

 HB 40 is heading to the Senate. We are asking folks to email their mayor and county judge since it is their power that the Legislature is going to take away if this bill passes.   

Despite heavy citizen opposition to this bill written by the oil and gas industry, the Texas House passed it overwhelmingly on April 17. 

Do your mayor and county officials know what’s in this bill? Maybe you should tell them.

If HB 40, or its companion SB 1165, passes the Senate, Governor Abbott is likely to sign it,

Meeting Minutes

 COASTAL BEND SIERRA CLUB GROUP  Meeting Minutes April 2015

The Coastal Bend Sierra Club Group (CBSCG) met on Tuesday, April 7 in the Retama Room of the Corpus Christi Public Library at 805 Comanche Street from 11:30 am until 1:45 pm.  After lunch, Chairperson Lois Huff opened the meeting and reminded members that minutes of the March meeting are posted on the CBSCG Website.  They were approved on a motion by Carolyn Moon which was seconded by Hal Suter.

Treasurer Teresa Carrillo reported that donations of $240 have thus far been received to help cover the  fee for CBSCG’s being a co-sponsor of Earth Day/Bay Day (ED/BD) which is scheduled for April 11.  Members approved Teresa’s request to write a check for $500 to pay the sponsorship fee.  This would leave approximately $500 in the checking account.  The three CD amounts total is $8,507.77.

Hal Suter, CBSCG’s representative on the Lone Star Executive Committee (ExCom) reported that he will be in Washington D.C. next week on business with the Blue Green Alliance.  He informed members of his involvement in activities opposing fast tracking the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).  He also reported on Texas legislative matters—in particular of his activities in Austin re HB 40 and HB 1165.

Joyce Jarmon reported that one of the local refineries had an incident in February which resulted in benzene being emitted for more than fifteen minutes.  This was the first time in more than three years that benzene emissions this large had occurred.  Joyce also alerted members that she is concerned about lack of monitoring near tank farms which have recently been permitted.

Brief reports were given by Jack Pope on activity at the Port of Corpus Christi, by Teresa Carrillo on a March meeting of the Eagle Ford Task Force, and by Carolyn Moon on her attendance at a recent RTA meeting.

Tony and Cynthia Garcia have volunteered to organize and work at the CBSCG’s ED/BD booth at Heritage Park on Saturday, and they need members to help at the booth in the afternoon—especially between 2:00 and 5:00.

Lois and Teresa reminded members of two April events:  Water Management in South Texas on April 16 (See, and Bountiful Benefits of Riparian on April 14. (For more information, contact  Both events promise to be excellent, and members are strongly encouraged to attend.

 Mina Williams and Venice Scheurich reported that the EPA will hold a public hearing in Corpus Christi on Tuesday, April 14.  The purpose of the hearing is to take comments from stakeholders and citizens on EPA’s proposed revisions in 40 CFR Part 192 which regulates in-situ recovery of uranium.  For details see:

 Submitted by Venice Scheurich on April 7, 2015


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