Community organizers in the Coastal Bend towns of Goliad, Victoria, and Corpus Christi have been working relentlessly to plan and prepare two town hall meetings to address the environmental and health issues related to the Texas Commssion on Evironmental Quality. Richard Gill who lives near Goliad and Hal Suter the Chair of the Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club spoke to Corpus Christi’s KEDT Radio about the meetings in Victoria on this coming Monday, September 27 and in Corpus Christi on October 7.
This year, we have a once in a decade opportunity to influence how our environmental agency is run! For decades, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has continuously put the interests of big polluters, including coal plants, above those of the community. As a result, the citizens of Texas are often left having to deal with the health consequences. This year, TCEQ is undergoing a Sunset Review process where the Agency will be evaluated top to bottom. Public comment is welcomed and crucial if you want to see some real change happen. For the sake of our loved ones and our own health and wellbeing, attend a town hall near you to participate in this rare opportunity to make a difference!
THE LOCAL ORGANIZERS INVITE YOU AND WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO ATTEND!
Victoria – Monday, September, 27th 7pm-9pm – Victoria College Student Center, 2200 E. Red River, Victoria, TX 77901
Corpus Christi – Thursday, October 7th, 7pm-8:30pm – Del Mar College’s Center for Economic Development – 3209 South Staples St., Corpus Christi, TX 78411.
KEDT’s Radio Interview
TCEQ Sunset Eco Town Hall
Citizens fed up with water, air, and soil pollution in a state where industry runs roughshod over our rights gathered on Wednesday at the University of Houston to address the first in a series of Town Hall meetings being organized by local environmental groups across the state. And what a great kick-off it was with State Representative Jessica Farrar, fomer TCEQ Commissioner Larry Soward and current TCEQ chief Mark Vickery on the panel.
Righteous citizens ready for change see a once-in-a-decade opportunity to make pollution history in the Sunset Review process which is currently examining the functions of the Texas Rail Road Commission and Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.
Sierra Club is working with partner groups in the Alliance for a Clean Texas to assist some of the groups in having big and successful Town Hall meetings. Find out more about upcoming Town Hall meetings and make sure you make your opinion known in this window of opportunity leading up to…PUT THIS ON YOUR CALENDAR…the December 15, 2010, TCEQ Sunset Review PUBLIC HEARING in Austin. More details on that hearing to follow. In then meantime, shake your booty out to the Town Hall Meeting nearest to you!
Congratulations to the Air Alliance Houston, Houston Sierra Club, Texas Campaign for the Environment, Alliance for a Clean Texas, and the League of Women Voters for an excellent big success at the first of the historic TCEQ Sunset Town Hall meetings!
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