Twin Pines Minerals mining equipment still on site near Okefenokee Swamp 2020-02-13

The miners didn’t go away from their site near the Okefenokee Swamp after they withdrew their permit application, so expect another application soon.

[Equipment zoom]
Photo: John S. Quarterman for WWALS, Equipment zoom 2020-02-12.

The miners said they would be back, in Mining company withdraws permit application for project near Okefenokee by Nedra Rhone, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, February 9, 2020,

“In an effort to be even more conservative in our approach than we were in our initial application, we have agreed with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to reduce the size of the permit area and resubmit new documentation for further review and evaluation as soon as possible. We are in the process of developing the information to be included in the revised application and still intend to seek approval to move forward with the mining project in an environmentally responsible way and to providing good paying jobs for the people of Charlton County,” said Steve Ingle, president of Twin Pines Minerals.

How many jobs is that, Steve Ingle? 150-200? 300? 400? All numbers TPM has written in the withdrawn application or told various reporters. Or maybe zero, like people in Baker County just across the GA-FL line say is the number of locals working in those Chemours mines for which Chemours and TPM are under a Florida Consent Order for a range of violations.

[From driveway]
Photo: John S. Quarterman for WWALS, from driveway on GA 94 between Moniac and St. George, 2020-02-12.

The Corps made the miners explain what some of that equipment is after Suwannee Riverkeeper photographed it from a Southwings flight on October 5, 2019.

[Closeup: equipment]
Photo: John S. Quarterman for WWALS, on Southwings flight, pilot Allen Nodorft, Closeup: equipment, 12:41 PM, Saturday, October 5, 2019.

There appears to be more equipment there now than back in October. The equipment is on T-Model Road, which the miners have posted as private property.

[T-Model Road sign]
Photo: John S. Quarterman for WWALS, T-Model Road sign, 2020-02-12.

The TPM crane is clearly visible as you drive along GA 94.

[From GA 94]
Photo: John S. Quarterman for WWALS, From GA 94, 2020-02-12.

Even without zoom it’s pretty obvious.

[GA 94 and equipment]
Photo: John S. Quarterman for WWALS, GA 94 and equipment 2020-02-12.

Expect another mining application soon

So, be ready to oppose this mine again as soon as the miners submit another application.

For that matter, why wait? Write an op-ed for your newspaper, write your local, state, and national elected officials, etc. Donate to an organization that is opposing the mine.

Much more about this bad strip mine idea is on the WWALS website:

Maybe your organization would like to join the dozens that support the swamp and oppose the mine:

[Organizations For Okefenokee Swamp, Against Titanium Mine]
Organizations For Okefenokee Swamp, Against Titanium Mine
Add your organization here:

 -jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®

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