Charlton County Resolution supporting the proposed titanium mine near the Okefenokee 2019-08-15

This is the resolution passed Thursday week before last by the Charlton County Commission, collected today from the County Clerk.

You can still comment to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which actually has authority over the mine permit application.

[Twin Pines Materials, LLC]
Twin Pines Materials, LLC

BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
CHARLTON COUNTY, GEORGIA
PROCLAMATION OF SUPPORT OF
TWIN PINE MATERIALS, LLC

WHEREAS, the Charlton County Board of Commissioners is the governing authority of Charlton County, Georgia;

WHEREAS, economic development and quality, high-paying jobs are of vital importance to all local governments;

WHEREAS, the proposed heavy metal mining operation of Twin Pine Materials, LLC will result in approximately one hundred fifty (150) local high-paying jobs with benefits in Charlton County;

WHEREAS, the proposed capital investment of Twin Pine Minerals, LLC will result in substantial yearly tax revenue to the County;

WHEREAS, the estimated tax revenue from Twin Pine Minerals, LLC will allow Chariton County, Georgia to increase the level of service it provides to its citizens;

WHEREAS, the Charlton County Board of Commissioners finds and determines that the proposed operation of Twin Pine Minerals within Charlton County will result in economic levelopment that is beneficial to all of Charlton County;

NOW, THEREFORE, the Charlton County Board of Commissioners, subject to approval by any other authority having jurisdiction, hereby proclaims and expresses support of Twin Pine Minerals, LLC proposed heavy mineral sand mining.

This 5th day of August 2019.

[signed]
James E. Everett, Chairman
Charlton County Board of Commissioners

The resolution does not mention that Charlton County actually has no jurisdiction to approve or disapprove this mine: that would be the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Georgia Environmental Protection Division.

How to Comment

The Georgia Water Coalition has provided a convenient action portal for writing to the Georgia governor. You don't even have to live in the state to use it!

You can write to your Georgia state representative or senator or governor or lieutenant governor and ask them to refuse any such instrument.
To find your legislator you can type in your ZIP code here: http://openstates.org/find_your_legislator/

These are the Georgia state Senators with districts most involved with the Okefenokee Swamp:

  • District 007 Senator Tyler Harper (R-Ocilla) (Tift, Berrien, Irwin, Ben Hill, Coffee, Bacon, Atkinson, Ware, and Charlton Counties), (404) 463-5263, tyler.harper@senate.ga.gov. His district includes the Okefenokee Swamp, and he is the Chair of the Senate Natural Resources and Environment Committee.
  • District 008, Senator Ellis Black (R-Valdosta) (Lowndes, Lanier, Echols, Clinch, Cook, Brooks, and Thomas Counties), (404) 463-6597, (229) 559-7546, ellis.black@senate.ga.gov. Ellis Black is retiring.
    Russ Goodman won the election for this seat: 912-218-0447, rustingoodman@gmail.com.
  • District 003 Senator William T. Ligon, Jr. (R-Brunswick) (Brantley County), (404) 463-1383, (912) 261-2263, william.ligon@senate.ga.gov.

These are the Georgia state Representatives with districts most involved:

  • 174, John Corbett, R - Lake Park, 404-656-0213, john.corbett@house.ga.gov. His district includes the mine site.
  • 180, Steven Sainz, R - Woodbine, 404.656.0177, steven.sainz@house.ga.gov, Charlton and Ware Counties
  • 176, James Burchett, R - Waycross, 404.656.0188, james.burchett@house.ga.gov, Lowndes, Lanier, Atkinson, and Ware Counties
  • 177, Dexter Sharper, D - Valdosta, 404.656.0126, dexter.sharper@house.ga.gov, Lowndes County

You can also write to your U.S. Representative or Senator and ask them to urge the Corps to reject this mine or at least require an EIS, like Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) already did.

For the requested Georgia 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.
Be sure to mention Applicant: Twin Pines Minerals, LLC, Application Number: SAS-2018-00554.

For the Georgia Coastal Management Program certification, you can send a comment to
Federal Consistency Coordinator, Ecological Services Section, Coastal Resources Division,
Georgia Department of Natural Resources, One Conservation Way, Brunswick, Georgia 31523-9600
Telephone 912-264-7218.

The Army Corps public announcement of the miners' re-application last spring says: “The applicant may also require assent from the State of Georgia, which may be in the form of a license, easement, lease, permit, or other appropriate instrument.”

You can also write to the Georgia DNR board, asking them to refuse any such instrument.
Georgia Board of Natural Resources
2 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, SE, Suite 1252, Atlanta, GA 30334

To submit a letter to the editor of the Charlton County Herald, you can email editor@charltonherald.com.
Or write to your local newspaper.
You can also contact radio, TV, and of course post on social media.

Much more about the proposed titanium mine is here:
wwals.net/pictures/2019-07-12–tpm-usace

 -jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®

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