Deadline: today to comment to USACE against titanium mine near Okefenokee Swamp 2019-09-12

Please send your comments today to the Army Corps and GA-EPD against the proposed titanium mine far too near the Okefenokee Swamp, which is the headwaters of the Suwannee River.

How to Comment

The nominal comment deadline was Thursday, September 12, 2019, but the Corps will not say it will not read comments sent in later, so you can still send in your comments, and post them on social media, as op-eds, etc.

To comment, or to request a public hearing, you can write to
Commander, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Savannah District,
Attention: Ms. Holly Ross, 1104 North Westover Boulevard, Suite 9, Albany, Georgia, 31707,
or by email to holly.a.ross@usace.army.mil.
In your comments please refer to:
Applicant: Twin Pines Minerals, LLC, Application Number: SAS-2018-00554.

For the requested state permit regarding Section 401 of the Clean Water Act, you can send a comment or request for public hearing to
Stephen Wiedl, Wetlands Unit, stephen.wiedl@dnr.ga.gov
Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Environmental Protection Division, Water Protection Branch, 7 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, Atlanta, Georgia 30334.

More than 12,000 people have already commented. You can, too.

[Signs]
Photo: John S. Quarterman, before 2019-08-13 TPM meeting. L-r: Mark Lyons of Citizens Against Phosphate Mining, Alice Keyes of One Hundred Miles, Hilda Gilchrist of Our Santa Fe River (OSFR), Jim Tatum of OSFR and WWALS, Rena Peck Stricker of Georgia River Network, Mike Roth and Kristin Rubin of OSFR and WWALS, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee Riverkeeper, Merillee Malwitz-Jipson of OSFR and WWALS

Here’s why.

Julia Widmann, Waterkeeper Alliance, 23 August 2019, Suwannee Riverkeeper Fights to Protect Okefenokee Swamp from Titanium Strip Mine,

Twin Pines Minerals, LLC (TPM), an Alabama-based mining company, applied for permits from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Georgia Department of Environmental Protection to mine for titanium near the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, which is the headwaters of the Suwannee and St. Marys Rivers in Southern Georgia. The Suwannee flows south through Florida to the Gulf of Mexico, and the St. Marys becomes the border between Georgia and Florida on its way to the Atlantic.

John was quoted in the first news story about the mine, by Emily Jones of Georgia Public Broadcasting on July 15, “The most obvious thing that we really need is a real environmental impact statement. All we have so far is, ‘this is what the applicant said.’”

Both Suwannee Riverkeeper and Southern Environmental Law Center have prepared comments which will go in went in today. If your organization wants to sign on, please contact me ASAP, at contact@suwanneeriverkeeper.org send in your own comments saying you support the Suwannee Riverkeeper comments.

Or you can just send in your own comments directly. Doesn’t have to be long. A sentence will do.

Much more about the proposed mine is here:
wwals.net/issues/titanium-mining/

 -jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®

You can join this fun and work by becoming a WWALS member today!

4 thoughts on “Deadline: today to comment to USACE against titanium mine near Okefenokee Swamp 2019-09-12

    1. jsq Post author

      Please send your comments against the mine:
      To: Col. Daniel Hibner, Commander, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Savannah District
      Attention: Ms. Holly Ross, holly.a.ross@usace.army.mil
      1104 North Westover Boulevard, Suite 9, Albany, Georgia 31707
      Cc: Stephen Wiedl, Wetlands Unit, stephen.wiedl@dnr.ga.gov
      Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Environmental Protection Division,
      Water Protection Branch, 7 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, Atlanta, GA 30334
      Re: Applicant: Twin Pines Minerals, LLC, Application Number: SAS-2018-00554
      Thanks. -jsq

  1. Nelson Brooke

    Our water resources are the #1 resource we have. They must be protected at all costs. The demise of every preceding civilization was rooted in irresponsible resource extraction and resulting water contamination and supply loss. The Okefenokee Swamp and the rivers it feeds are irreplaceable natural assets whose economic value far outweigh any purported benefit of a mine. Please do the right thing and deny permits for this proposed titanium mine.

  2. Leslie Nelson Inman

    Our primeval Okefenokee is an international treasure and is the largest wildlife refuge east of the Mississippi. Over 700,000 people visit the Refuge every year, generating about $88 million in economic impact and providing 753 jobs. Do not destroy this international treasure. STOP THE TITANIUM MINE

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