The Okefenokee Swamp is a gem, locally, nationally, and internationally, too important to risk for profit by a few miners for paint. This is in a radio interview of Suwannee Riverkeeper John S. Quarterman by Brian Blount of WKUB 105.1 out of Blackshear, Pierce County, Georgia, north of Waycross and the Swamp.
Here is an introduction by Wade Scott, and my request for people to ask the Army Corps to deny the permit application by Twin Pines Minerals, LLC, or at least to require an Environmental Impact Statement broad enough to cover the whole Swamp and the Suwannee and St. Marys Rivers, as well as the existing titanium mines in north Florida and south Georgia, plus the phosphate mines current and proposed in north Florida.
Brian Blount asked about ecology of the Swamp, and I expanded on how we are all part of that ecology. All those hunt clubs around it depend on the Swamp and its ecology, as do the 700 jobs and $60 million in economic benefits.
NASA, 12 April 2017, NASA’s Terra Satellite Spots West Mims Fire, “Plumes of smoke were spotted by NASA’s Terra satellite as they streamed from the West Mims Fire near the Florida and Georgia border.”
Smoke from the 2007 fires went seventy miles west to Quitman, Georgia, where it put my cousin in the hospital with pneumonia, as far north as North Carolina, and it pretty thoroughly smoked Jacksonville, Florida. The 2017 fires were bad, but not that bad, because of an organized plan for prescribed burns in a buffer zone around the Swamp.
This is actually only Part 1 of the interview. Brian will be sending the second part soon.
Spoiler: in Part 2 I ask everyone to contact your local, state, and national elected officials and ask them to ask the Corps to deny the mine or at least require an EIS.
Meanwhile, for more than you probably wanted to know, see:
-jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®
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