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Stand Up for Sulphur Springs

A few weeks ago, we at the Texas Sierra Club received a phone call and an email from Linda Tucker, a resident of Sulphur Springs, Texas.

She told us that she wanted to do something about the Monticello lignite mine near her home- so close, in fact, that she can see the conveyer belt from her house. She told us that she wants to do something about the Monticello coal plant, less than an hour from her home. She told us that she has a rare form of non-smokers’ lung cancer, and that she has little doubt it’s because of the damage caused by mining lignite and burning coal.

The TCEQ’s response consisted of sending over a representative who tried to blame the toxic dust on the roofing construction happening nearby. Linda says, “My husband took care of that.  He show them the pink dust on the windowsill, etc.  They said the amount they saw was an acceptable limit.  My husband said, “Do you know what lignite is?  Lignite is full of known carcinogens!  There are no safe levels of lignite, and no safe levels of mercury!”

Par for the course for the TCEQ.


Linda and Joseph Tucker

So, we’ve responded. On Thursday, March 31st, between 6:30-800PM we’re convening a volunteer meeting in Sulphur Springs to talk about what can be done, and we’re bringing Dr. Neil Carman, our resident air expert, Donna Hoffman, our communications coordinator, and our Beyond Coal organizer, Flavia de la Fuente (that’s me, folks.)


Toxic Dust from the Lignite Mine

Not only that, we’ll have the opportunity to take hair samples to test for mercury contamination.

If you or somebody you know lives in the area, come join us, and let’s make a difference for Linda Tucker and East Texas.

To RSVP, and to learn more about the Stop Polluters campaign and our efforts to ensure that the public is protected from the toxic effects of mercury, email Flavia at Flavia.delafuente@SierraClub.org

-Flavia de la Fuente, Conservation Organizer, Beyond Coal to Clean Energy

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Bay City and the No Coal Coalition take one BIG step towards victory!

Over 100 concerned citizens arrived at Bay City’s Service Center on Tuesday night for a town hall to learn about the water rationing and water quality issues surrounding the proposed White Stallion Coal Plant.  The panelists included water experts, wildlife experts, fishermen, and farmers.  Buddy Treybig, a local fisherman and shrimper, expressed his concerned regarding the construction of the plant. “If it pollutes any, it’s too much,” Buddy said of the proposed coal plant which is currently seeking its first permit, needed to begin construction.   Buddy said he is not willing to take a chance when it comes to the pollution of his community, “it’s too much of a gamble.”  All of those in the audience who came forward to make comments or ask questions expressed a serious concern over the health impacts of the plant.

One of the highlights of the evening was Judge Nate McDonald’s announcement that he and the majority of the county commissioners are now opposed to the construction of the coal plant.  We thank and applaud Judge McDonald’s decision and we invite him to join us in the efforts to prevent this hazardous plant from being built in Bay City.

Hats off to the No Coal Coalition for hosting such a successful event and we congratulate them for making such high strides Tuesday night.  We can smell victory!


Cleaning up and Phasing out Coal

Sierra Club is not only making it hard to build new coal plants in Texas, we’re also cleaning up and phasing out existing Texas coal.  When Luminant took over TXU after the first wave of the Texas coal rush, the investor group promised to clean up.   Sierra Club is ready for clean air and lots more clean energy, so we’re helping them stay true!

Donna Hoffman, Lone Star Chapter Sierra Club