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Welcome to the Dallas Group of the Sierra Club

Sunset Town Hall Meeting, August 2, Grapevine Convention Center - Be There and Be Heard

If you are concerned about the Railroad Commission (RRC) and how fracking and other oil & gas oversight is handled in our state, then voice your concerns at this upcoming town hall meeting. (The Texas Railroad Commission regulates the oil and gas industry in Texas, not, as the name would suggest, the railroads.)

TOWN HALL EVENT - Tuesday, August 2nd
Location: Grapevine Convention Center 
1209 South Main Street in Grapevine  76051 (located off Hwy 114 and Main exit)
Registration is at 6:30 
Town hall is at 7 pm. 
This event is being hosted by Public Citizen, Earthworks, and Sierra Club.

We will be inviting legislators and their staff to come.  Information will be provided on the Sunset process at this event.  The public will be able to voice their concerns about the RRC to those legislators and/or their staff.  We will update you as time draws closer as to what officials are coming - we just secured this date/place.  Note, this is not sponsored by the Railroad Commission.

ANOTHER IMPORTANT DATE - August 22 in Austin at the Capitol - Come voice your concerns to the full Sunset Committee during public testimony. More info forthcoming.

ABOUT SUNSET - As you may know, approximately every decade state agencies come up for review.  This process is called Sunset Review and a special Texas Legislative Committee composed of state Senators and House members has oversight over this process.  

Typically there are about 6-10 agencies that get reviewed.  The recommended changes for that agency can range from the dissolving the agency completely, changing its name, changes on how commissioners/agency heads are selected, changes related to enforcement, operations, fines, oversight responsibilities, whether those responsibilities move to another agency, etc.

During the last few legislative sessions, due to budget wrangling and other political moves, only minor changes to some Railroad Commission operations were changed.  This is your chance to now voice the reforms you want to see at this agency.

For more information, please contact Rita Beving at 214-557-2271

Earth, Wind, and Fire Energy Summit

October 22-23 in Addison, Dallas Sierra Club will sponsor our second Earth, Wind, and Fire Energy Summit, an opportunity for businesses, activists, students, homeowners... everyone to learn how energy is produced and how it can be produced and managed sustainably in the future. Register now at EarthWindFireSummit.org

General Meeting Program - Tuesday, August 9, 7:00 pm - Refreshments at 6:30

Fall GardenFall/Winter Vegetable Gardening in North Texas

The best time for gardening in North Texas is from September until June.  You can have fresh tomatoes from your garden for Christmas dinner!  Dr. Larry Legg will present a scientific and observational approach for gardening during fall and winter.  Larry is a Biology Professor, Master Gardener, Master Naturalist, Master Wellness Volunteer, and a Conflict Resolution Specialist.  He is a country boy from the boondocks where if you did not have a successful garden, you went hungry.

Everyone is welcome.  FREE!  You don't have to be a Sierra Club member.  Just show up.  We'd love to meet you.

Our General Meeting starts at 7:00 pm, but come at 6:30 for snacks, information and fellowship.  Click over to our General Meeting page for more information and a map.

General Meeting Program - Tuesday, November 8, 7:00 pm - Refreshments at 6:30

(replace this text with a short description of the image)Hilites from Iceland, Patagonia, and Storm Chasing

Dan Leffel, photographer extraordinaire, will cover 3 of his latest photography trips: to Iceland in winter, Patagonia in their fall, and storm chasing on the high plains this past spring.  From the Iceland trip Dan will share unique images of the northern lights, which he photographed on 6 different occasions during 11 days in the country.  His Patagonia images will include treks made in both Fitz Roy and Torres del Paine.  His storm chasing images will include stories of the 12 tornadoes he photographed over a span of just 4 days - a very active weather period this past May.  He was able to capture an image with 3 tornadoes on the ground at the same time, a rare occurrence.  There will be ample time to ask questions regarding any of the other places Dan has travelled, or about his presentation.
Dan has photographed all seven continents; rafted the Grand Canyon twice; spent a great deal of time in the four corners area of the US, as well as Alaska and New England; hiked the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu; safaried to Namibia and Zimbabwe; photographed Iceland, Cuba, India, Japan, Patagonia, Nepal, Bhutan, Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands, Greece, Thailand, Burma, Cambodia, Australia and New Zealand; and traveled throughout North and South America.  His images have won a number of awards, including selection to multiple North America Nature Photographer Association (NANPA) Showcases and Sierra Club competitions.  He spends his summers in the Oregon Cascade mountains, and is committed to helping preserve and share the beauty of nature and indigenous cultures through his photographs.
Everyone is welcome.  FREE!  You don't have to be a Sierra Club member.  Just show up.  We'd love to meet you.
Our General Meeting starts at 7:00 pm, but come at 6:30 for snacks, information and fellowship.  Click over to our General Meeting page for more information and a map.

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Aug 3 Dallas Sierra Club Executive Committee Meeting

Aug 9 Dallas Sierra Club General Meeting

Aug 13 Backpacking 101 Class

Aug 13 White Rock Lake Clean-up

Aug 20 Trail Maintenance at Cedar Ridge Preserve

Aug 24 Outings Committee Meeting

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