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Report on CCL Meeting in San Francisco
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by Gary Nelson, WV Chapter Delegate | 2011

The Council of Club Leaders meets annually, including a joint meeting with the Club's Board of Directors, to discuss issues important to the overall health of the Club and its Chapters.

Here are highlights from the Sept 21-24 Meeting in San Francisco of the Council Club Leaders (CCL), at which I represented the West Virginia Chapter.

Two resolutions important to WV passed. The first resolution by NY to allow chapters to ban hydrofracking was passed with no amendments, 34 to 22.  WV co-sponsored the resolution. NY delegates say the resolution will pass their chapter and be approved also by their state government, putting gas drilling on hold for NY. We should do the same. The second resolution by TX passed, 56 to 4, with two amendments, allowing more funds to study gas hydrofracking.

Other Resolutions:
• A resolution to study the adverse effects of global population increases passed.

• A resolution to elevate the anti-nuclear program passed.

• A resolution requiring donors of free phone books to pick up used phone books passed.

• A resolution to end the Sierra clean business program failed to pass, 48 to 10. (WV voted to end the program.)

• A resolution to have the club review its policy on civil disobedience passed, 35 to 21.

• A resolution to have the club get a mechanism to address region-wide, multi-chapter conservation issues was amended, but failed to pass, 28 to 24.

• A resolution to have amendments of by-laws filed one month prior to the CCL national meeting passed, 54 to 0.

The following members were elected to the Sierra Club CCL board:
David Griggs, TX (already on board)
Susan Martin, NM / TX
Matt Urban, DE (already on board)
John Spahr, WY

I talked with John Spahr about how gas drilling is polluting Wyoming’s air and water. Wyoming is a sparsely populated state with only one house representative, yet they have air pollution from gas drilling. They have a state law that does not allow leaks from gas drilling and an environmental agency that inspects every well, yet they have water pollution from gas drilling leaks. John says that high-pressure gas from hydrofracking leaks up through miles of cracks in the rock and pollutes the water and air. If Wyoming cannot prevent high-pressure gas leaks from polluting water and air even with state government and environmental agencies on the side of conservation, what chance does West Virginia have for stopping leaks from hydrofracking? If you have questions, you may contact John at lodgepole@tetonnm.com .

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