Well, that did not take long.
Only three weeks after an Assistant Secretary of the Army told the Army Corps
it had to resume oversight of the proposed titanium-dioxide strip mine site too near the Okefenokee Swamp,
the miners have sued the Corps.
They still want to strip mine for white paint materials within three miles of the Okefenokee Swamp, an economic engine for southeast Georgia and northeast Florida,
and an irreplaceable refuge for numerous land, water, and bird species.
That Swamp is the headwaters of the St Marys and Suwannee Rivers, and above the Floridan Aquifer,
from which we all drink in south Georgia and north Florida,
including for agriculture and industry.
There must be better sources of jobs for Charlton County, Georgia.
Photo: John S. Quarterman for WWALS, Twin Pines Minerals equipment on proposed mine site 2020-02-12,
Mary Landers, The Current, June 27, 2022,
Mining company sues Army Corps over project near Okefenokee:
Twin Pines claims agency erred in overturning decision and seeking Muscogee Nation’s input.
Alabama-based Twin Pines Minerals filed suit against the Army Corps
of Engineers last week, claiming the federal agency erred when it
bowed to “stakeholder pressure” earlier this month and
made it harder for the company to get permits to mine near the
Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge.
…In its filing, Twin
Pines maintains “The Twin Pines Approved Jurisdictional
Determinations were issued in compliance with all laws, regulations,
and policies — including the tribal consultation policy
— in effect when they were issued.”
More specifically, the company contends Continue reading