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EPA Oil & Gas Air Regulations Meeting (8/2/10)

Posted by youngsierrans on August 2, 2010

EPA will be conducting only TWO public meetings in the country to provide an opportunity for public involvement during EPA’s review, and potential update, of air regulations affecting the oil and natural gas industry.

The review in progress covers oil and natural gas exploration and production, as well as natural gas processing, transmission, storage, and distribution. This review may potentially affect any segment of the oil and natural gas industry, which includes, but is not limited to: Offshore drilling; onshore drilling; oil and natural gas production; natural gas processing; natural gas transmission; and natural gas distribution. You may be affected in some way by regulatory action following this review if you own, operate, work, or live near oil and natural gas operations in the segments listed above.

  • Submit Written Comments to Nick Parsons – or (919) 541-5372
  • Suggested Talking Points (click)
  • Initial EPA Announcement (click)
  • EPA Rule & Implementation Info, Meeting Presentations, Comments, etc. (click)

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TCEQ DFW Clean Air Public Meeting

Posted by youngsierrans on June 17, 2010

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) will be hosting a public meeting to discuss the New DFW Clean Air Plan next Thursday, June 24th, at Arlington City Hall (same location as the March ozone hearing) from 7-9pm.  This meeting is being organized because DFW violated the federal smog/ozone standard last summer, and the TCEQ is responsible to create a plan to bring our area back into attainment.  This meeting will allow North Texans to ask questions and offer suggestions on HOW and WHAT to include in this New DFW Clean Air Plan.  Our message is simple: Citizens Demand the Same Pollution Controls for Industry as for Our Autos!

What Should the New Plan Accomplish?

  • Adopt all the recommendations from the 2006 local clean air committee that were dumped by the state four years ago.  (YES, most of this same clean air planning work has been done before and was rejected by Austin/TCEQ!)
  • Crackdown on industry as much as my car. Demand 90% controls on coal, kilns and gas. (The industrial technology exists and is in USE across the country/world, just not in TX.)
  • Do more than the minimum. No more paper exercises. Go further than required. (We’re looking for more than a “goal seek” solution.)
  • Aim the plan where smog pollution is worst: Tarrant, Denton, Wise, and Parker Counties. (Asthma rates for children under 14 are THREE TIMES HIGHER (22%) in western DFW area than across the state of TX!)

Here’s the flyer for this public meeting which can be printed and widely distributed.

There’s a pre-meeting meetup at Fuzzy’s Taco Shop (510 E. Abram St, 3 blks from City Hall) at 6pm for anyone interested. Get your tacos and beer buzz on to get you in the mood!

For more information or to carpool, please contact the North Central Texas Clean Air Task Force: dfwsip[at] or 972.230.3185.

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North Texas Clean Air – Ozone Public Hearing 3/16/10

Posted by youngsierrans on March 7, 2010

The North Texas Clean Air Task Force (NTCATF) is hosting a DFW area public hearing from 3-7pm on the proposed new EPA ozone pollution standard on March 16th at Arlington City Hall (map). This is the last public opportunity to voice your support before the the comment period ends on March 22nd.  Please join local concerned citizens and organizations, along with EPA Reg. 6 Administrator Dr. Al Armendariz, Arlington Mayor Dr. Robert Cluck, local elected officials (State Reps: Lon Burnam, Carol Kent, Diane Patrick, Chris Turner, Mark Veasey), TCEQ’s Tony Walker, and many others as we voice our support for healthier air quality standards which affect all of us in the North Texas area.

Why should I attend/care?

North Texas dirty air has been in violation of the Clean Air Act for 20 years now, and no previous plan has been able to reduce pollution to legal or safe levels.  The Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee, EPA’s independent science advisors, concluded unanimously that the ozone standard should be set between 60‐70 parts per billion (ppb), 8‐hour average, to protect human health.  The American Lung Association has reached similar conclusions on the effects of ozone on respiratory health. Your voice/action is influential in determining the future of air quality in North Texas.

How can I show my support?

  • Join Us. We need 250+ people to fill the auditorium!  Simply attend the public hearing at Arlington City Hall on March 16th anytime between 3-7pm to show your support.
  • Join Us and Speak Out. If you have something to say, great!  We’re especially in need of speakers between 5-7pm.  You may speak out in favor of improved air quality for North Texas in many different ways.  One, pre-register for a five-minute time slot to speak by contacting Stephanie Nugent at  Two, simply show up during the public hearing and sign up to speak.  Three, fill out a comment card.  Four, video record your testimony using on-site video equipment.  Five, write/paste/draw on the large, family-friendly petition.  Six, make and bring your own signage!
  • Comment via Email. Written comments may be heard until March 22nd, 2010.  Send comments directly to the EPA, referring to “Docket ID No. EPA–HQ–OAR–2005–0172″.  Submit by mail, fax (202–566–9744) or email (  Helpful talking points about the issue can be found here.
  • Spread the Word. Dirty air affects all of us, period.  Please take a moment to share information about this public hearing and the North Texas Clean Air Task Force by supporting the efforts of many North Texas health, faith and public interest organizations.  Share this post via email, Twitter or Facebook (shortened link):

For more information about the NTCATF or the upcoming public hearing, please contact Molly Rooke.  The NTCATF is a new coalition of North Texas area organizations concerned about clean, healthy air.  Founding member groups include, Downwinders At Risk, Health Professionals for Clean Air, League of Women Voters of Dallas, Public Citizen Texas, SEED Coalition and the Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club.

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EPA Public Hearing on Clean Air (2/2/10)!

Posted by youngsierrans on February 1, 2010

Update: For info on the March 16th 2010 hearing in Arlington, TX, please click here.

The EPA is having a public hearing on clean air tomorrow in Houston (one of three being held around the country).  Ground-level ozone is the main component of smog and is one of the most dangerous forms of air pollution.  Smog doesn’t just ruin your view; it poses serious health risks, especially to children and senior citizens.

The Clean Air Act requires EPA to set primary and secondary standards for common air pollutants, including ground-level ozone, and now the EPA is proposing a new rule to do just that.  Join the broad coalition of concerned citizens, public health advocates, and conservation groups in the Clean Air Texas coalition at a public hearing as they stand up to industry pressure and show that Americans want a strong rule that will protect our health and environment.  It should be noted that, there are TWELVE NEW coal plants proposed in Texas, and we already have 17 coal plants up and running (some of which are the dirtiest in the country *).  TCEQ and Governor Perry have threatened to sue the EPA over this proposed ruling on new ozone standards.  Giddy Up!

What can I do? Written comments may be heard until March 22nd, 2010.  Voice your opinion by sending comments directly to the EPA, referring to “Docket ID No. EPA–HQ–OAR–2005–0172”.  Submit by mail, fax (202–566–9744) or email (  Helpful talking points about the issue can be found here.

Still want to get involved, but don’t know how?  Contact Eva Hernandez.

* Texas’ Dirty Business Extra Credit (2008 DOE EIA & 2005 EPA TRI data):

  • Five (!!) TX coal plants rank in US Top 13 in Mercury emissions; Nine in US Top 35!
  • TX Ranked #1 in CO2 production (252,055,209 metric tons, 10.2% of US Total)
  • TX Ranked #5 in SO2 production (456,631 metric tons, 5.8% of US Total)
  • TX Ranked #2 in NOx production (214,990 metric tons, 6.5% of US Total)
  • Evidence of additional toxicity related to coal plant waste and emissions can be found in TX water, land, animals and people.

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Roll Beyond Coal for Clean Air/Energy in Texas (2009)

Posted by youngsierrans on October 16, 2009

rbcDid you know that Texas is still building and planning more dirty, coal-fired power plants, and that it is the only state in the nation with such a deadly, costly “coal rush” advancing (more info)?  Scary isn’t it?

Join us for an important and fun-filled Halloween event supporting renewable energy, green jobs, clean air and clean energy which moves us beyond coal and puts Texas on a path to brighter and cleaner energy future.

Date: Saturday – October 31st, 2009
Time: 8:30am – noon (Young Sierrans meet @ 9:30 at the registration table)
Cost: FREE to participate!!
T-shirts: Adults: $10, Students: $5 – Must be ordered by 10/23 to guarantee! * All donations benefit the Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club to help fight against new coal plants in TX.
Location: Bath House Cultural Center, White Rock Lake, 521 E. Lawther Drive, Dallas, 75218 (map and directions)
Advanced Registration: Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club

Included Activities:

  • Halloween costume contest (prizes awarded!)
  • Basic bike check ups
  • Facepainting
  • Exhibitors on green living & transportation and sustainability
  • Postcard signings to the EPA to enforce the Clean Air Act (more info OR speak out online)


  • 8:30a – Event Begins – Includes Bike/Walk/Run Registration
  • 9:30-10:30a – Speakers & Rally
  • 10:30a – Bike/Walk/Run around the lake in support of Clean Air/Energy in TX.

To volunteer or for more event information, please contact organizer Lori Peniche (972-980-7176).  Follow these links if you can’t attend, but still want to support clean air/energy in TX, learn more about Sierra Club Beyond Coal initiatives or sign-up for TX Sierra Club Action Alerts.

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Texas Legislative Update – May 5th, 2009

Posted by youngsierrans on May 7, 2009

texas-state-capitol1From the Alliance for a Clean Texas:

Here is the list of bills that need the support as we head into the final stretch of the session (to look up your legislators, click here):

Renewable Energy: SB 545 by Senator Fraser and SB 541 by Sentor Watson
Energy Efficiency: SB 546 by Senator Fraser, HB 280 by Representative Anchia and SB 16 by Senator Averitt
Clean Air: SB 16 by Senator Averitt
Climate Change: HB 1553 by Representative Burnam and SB 184/HB 4643 by Senator Watson and Representative Chisum
Electronic Waste Recycling: HB 821/SB 761 by Representative Leibowitz and Senator Watson
Transportation: HB 300 by Representative Isett
Clean Water: SB 1748 by Senator Jackson (vote NO)

Over the next four weeks, ACT will send alerts when these bills are scheduled for important votes. The prospect of fighting for the things we believe in – a clean energy future where renewable power jumpstarts economic growth for our state or a state agency that protects citizens from harmful pollution – is exciting after the years of fighting against bad legislation and fast-tracked power plants.

With the deadline for House committees to report bills fast approaching (May 11), this week is make-or-break for good bills. We rely on you to advocate for clean energy, clean air and a sustainable future in the final weeks of the 81st Legislative Session.

Please contact Lize Burr (, at ACT, directly with any questions about particular bills or issues.

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