"Tar Sands Crude - a Toxic Threat to Texas?" - Dallas
Dallas Sierra Club September General Meeting:
TransCanada's proposed Keystone XL project is designed to carry
unrefined tar sands oil 1700 miles from Alberta, Canada southward
through several states including Texas to be refined and shipped from
Port Arthur. Tar sand crude threatens landowners and waterways
throughout the US as it is highly corrosive and acidic compared to Texas
crude. Tar sands represent an unstable blend of bitumen (which looks
like asphalt) which needs to be liquified with natural gas and other
chemicals, which is then highly pressurized to travel through a single
Currently, the US has NO guidelines for tar sands pipelines posing
serious threats and damage to their communities and drinking water. In
Texas alone, the pipeline crosses rivers and streams more than 32 times.
The U.S. State Department is now under tremendous pressure to grant the
pipeline's permit. Learn more about how this pipeline puts US taxpayers
at risk while allowing Canada and foreign buyers of oil all the reward.
Japan and Alaska Landscape and Wildlife Photos
Leffel will present scenic landscape and wildlife images from his
recent trips to Japan in winter of 2011 and Alaska in summer of 2011.
Dan has won numerous photography contests in the Dallas area, and is a
frequent presenter to local camera clubs and organizations in the DFW
Dan Leffel has been an avid photographer for over 40 years, and has
been pursuing photography full time since he retired 10 years ago from
EDS. His passion for photography includes shooting fine art, scenic
landscapes as well as commissioned portraits and model portfolios in his
studio. Dan's photography has taken him on two 12 day rafting trips
through the Grand Canyon, an 11 day rafting trip through the Alaskan
wilderness, and on trips spanning North America to Antarctica. He
recently hiked the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in Peru and photographed
Iceland. He frequently photographs New England, the Colorado Plateau,
the four corners area, all parts of California, the Canadian Rockies,
and the Northwest.
Dan has earned first place awards in the Dallas Sierra Club photography
contest and the Heard photography contest, as well as at many Plano
Photography club competitions. Dan's photography is marketed globally
by the ageFotoStock company, based in Spain. Before “retiring” from
club competitions he won "Photographer of the Year" honors with the
Plano Photography Club for the last three years he competed.
Everyone is welcome. You don't have to be a Sierra Club member.
Our General Meeting starts at 7:00 p.m. but come at 6:30 for snacks, information and fellowship. Click over to our General Meeting page for more information and a map.