Yesterday someone sent me drone pictures of the titanium mine site near the Okefenokee Swamp. They were taken from above GA 94, looking northwest.
You can still can comment against the proposed mine to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
For comparison, here is an aerial Wayne Morgan took for WWALS on October 5, 2019, on a Southwings flight for Suwannee Riverkeeper, pilot Allen Nodorft. Click on either picture for a bigger image.
It’s a bit disorienting that the two pictures seven weeks apart were taken from opposite directions. Nonetheless, people familiar with mining equipment may be able to spot differences.
I know there have been changes, because I saw more equipment being trucked in when I was at the entrance on GA 94 Thursday a week ago during the press conference for the Georgia Water Coalition Dirty Dozen.
In a previous post, you can see more of Wayne’s pictures as a video flyaround.
Another drone picture from yesterday shows the River Styx in the background, and the Okefenokee Swamp on the horizon.
The Swamp is the headwaters of both the St. Marys River and the Suwannee River.
For much more about this bad strip-mining project, see wwals.net/issues/titanium-mining/.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org. His district includes the Okefenokee Swamp, and he is the Chair of the Senate Natural Resources and Environment Committee.
Senator Ellis Black (R-Valdosta)
(Lowndes, Lanier, Echols, Clinch, Cook, Brooks, and Thomas Counties), (404) 463-6597, (229) 559-7546, email@example.com.
Ellis Black is retiring.
Russ Goodman won the election for this seat: 912-218-0447, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- District 003 Senator William T. Ligon, Jr. (R-Brunswick) (Brantley County), (404) 463-1383, (912) 261-2263, email@example.com.
These are the Georgia state Representatives with districts most involved:
- 174, John Corbett, R - Lake Park, 404-656-0213, firstname.lastname@example.org. His district includes the mine site.
- 180, Steven Sainz, R - Woodbine, 404.656.0177, email@example.com, Charlton and Ware Counties
- 176, James Burchett, R - Waycross, 404.656.0188, firstname.lastname@example.org, Lowndes, Lanier, Atkinson, and Ware Counties
- 177, Dexter Sharper, D - Valdosta, 404.656.0126, email@example.com, 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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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 email@example.com.
Or write to your local newspaper.
You can also contact radio, TV, and of course post on social media.
-jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®
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