Dozens of scientists across the U.S. have written a letter spelling out dangers of strip mining near the Okefenokee Swamp.
They couldn’t cover everything, but they found scientific evidence running from habitat loss, fire risk, and lowering the Floridan Aquifer, to dark skies, tourism, and economy, including: “Mining will impact the water quality of the Okefenokee Swamp and downstream rivers, including the St Mary’s and Suwannee Rivers, through release of stored chemicals, including toxic heavy metals.”
You can mention the scientists’ letter when you ask the Georgia Environmental Protection Division to deny the miners’ permit applications.
The mine site is labeled Saunders Tract in the middle of this map. See Figure 5.
The situation is no different from when DuPont tried to mine next to the Swamp twenty years ago. As Gordon Jackson points out in The Brunswick News (December 9, 2021), “The argument two decades ago and today is there has never been a comprehensive study to show how much of an impact, if any, disturbing the layered soil would have on the refuge.”
Naturally, the miners disagreed, according to Emily Jones for WABE (December 1, 2021): Continue reading