Coastal Bend Group Meetings are currently being held by Zoom conferences. The required connection information is sent to active Coastal Bend members via email. The next virtual monthly meeting will be on Wednesday May 17, 2023 at 6:30pm. If you fail to receive the link for the Zoom meeting, email Teresa Klein at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Coastal Bend Group Meetings are currently being held by Zoom conferences. The required connection information is sent to active Coastal Bend members via email. The next virtual monthly meeting will be on Wednesday February 15, 2023 at 6:30pm. Because of some changes to the administration of this page, if you fail to receive the link for the Zoom meeting, email Teresa Klein at email@example.com for more information.
Congratulations to local Sierra Club members for their appointment to the following City of Corpus Christi Boards and Commissions:
- Eli McKay - Captial Improvements Advisory Committee
- Armon Alex - Watershore and Beach Advisory Committee
We also want to thank local Sierra Club member Teresa Carillo for applying to become a member of the Port of Corpus Christi. Though the Council decided to go a different direction, we appreciate her being willing to serve. For those interested in serving on City Boards and Commissions, a list of vacancies can be found here.
Good News - Corpus Christi City Council Results
Congratulations to Sylvia Campos, Sierra Club endorsed candidate for Corpus Christi City Council, District 2, for winning her run off election. Campos will be joining Coastal Bend Group Leader, Jim Klein, who won a seat as an at-large member of the Council in the General Election. Campos and Klein will be sworn in on January 10, 2023 prior to their first City Council meeting.
Coastal Bend Group Meetings are currently being held by Zoom conferences. The required connection information is sent to active Coastal Bend members via email. The next virtual monthly meeting will be on Wednesday December 21, 2022 at 6:30pm. Because of some changes to the administration of this page, if you fail to receive the link for the Zoom meeting, email Teresa Klein at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Please view the complete calendar of upcoming events under the Events menu item at the top of this Home page.
Proposed LNG expansion in the Coastal Bend
A recent June 2022 Sierra Club article, "Corpus Christi LNG Is An Environmental Injustice In Texas’ Coastal Bend", discusses the proposed expansion of Corpus Christi LNG, which, as the article states, is "a massive fracked gas export facility" and is "owned by the super-polluting fossil fuel corporation Cheniere". This is extremely problematic because "Cheniere’s proposed expansion would increase the facility’s export capacity by two-thirds". The June 24, 2022 Blog post has the details and can be read here.
The Fractracker Alliance website at https://www.fractracker.org/ is an excellent resource for learning about fracking and the issues related to the resultant oil, gas, and petrochemical development in the U.S. On the About page, the organization's mission is stated as follows:
"FracTracker Alliance maps, analyzes, and communicates the risks of oil, gas, and petrochemical development to advance just energy alternatives that protect public health, natural resources, and the climate."
For the details regarding Fractracker Alliance, view the May 9, 2022 Blog post by clicking here.
The Sierra Club’s policy regarding hydrogen technologies
The Sierra Club posted an article on January 5, 2022 stating its policy regarding the usage of hydrogen technologies. Read the Local Action Blog from February 14, 2024 or just click here to go directly to that Blog post.
Recording for “CAPE Climate Summit: Race to Save the Coastal Bend"
The excellent “CAPE Climate Summit: Race to Save the Coastal Bend" was held on November 13, 2021. The recording is now posted and you can get the details by viewing the December 14, 2021 Blog post.
Coastal Bend Group Opposition To The Bluewater Offshore Oil Terminal
On November 18, 2021, the U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) held a virtual public meeting with regard to the Bluewater offshore oil terminal. All of the details regarding Bluewater can be found at https://bluewatereis.com/en. The public meeting was held to receive public comments on the project's Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The building of this Bluewater offshore facility, which is a disastrous proposal by the oil industry in every one of its aspects, is unequivocally opposed by the Sierra Club Coastal Bend Group. The comments made by the Interim Chair of the Coastal Bend Group, Jim Klein, in opposition to this offshore oil terminal are in the November 19, 2021 Blog post located here.
Coastal Bend Group Support for the Sea Turtle Science and Recovery Program
Funding has been slashed for the Sea Turtle Science and Recovery (STSR) program at Padre Island National Seashore. This decision to cut funding is highly unpopular. On August 4, 2021, Teresa Klein, the Chapter Delegate for the Coastal Bend Group, spoke to the Nueces County Commissioners Court during the public comment period and expressed the Coastal Bend Group's support for the STSR. Read the August 15, 2021 Local Action Blog entry for the details on the action that the Nueces County Commissioners took in response to Teresa's input.
Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) and hydrogen technologies - oil and gas distraction and deflection
The oil and gas industry, and entities such as the Port of Corpus Christi which has purposely made itself highly dependent on the oil and gas industry, are increasingly promoting Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) and hydrogen technologies. These technologies, processes and products, which are being depicted by the oil and gas industry as environmentally friendly, are not environmentally friendly at all. Read the Local Action Blog from September 20, 2021 down below or just click here for the details.
Climate Change - Local Responsibilities
The Port of Corpus Christi is now the leading exporter of crude oil to foreign destinations. Read here about the resulting massive amounts of CO2 greenhouse gases being injected into the atmosphere when that crude oil is combusted at the various final destinations. That content is also reachable by navigating to Local Issues -> Crude Oil Exports and CO2 Greenhouse Gases.
There is a local organization known as the Environmental Justice Housing Fund which has helped several families living near Refinery Row to relocate out of that area. For how you can assist that effort, read the Local Action Blog post from May 23, 2020. That link is HERE.
If you have considered becoming more involved in Sierra, this is the time. Sierra Club Coastal Bend Group includes members living in 18 Texas coastal bend counties.