Please send your comments today to the Army Corps and GA-EPD
against the proposed titanium mine far too near the Okefenokee Swamp,
which is the headwaters of the Suwannee River.
Help Suwannee Riverkeeper save the Okefenokee Swamp
You can object to a titanium strip mine proposed far too near the Swamp.
GA-EPD has a public comment period open until March 20th on the Twin Pines Minerals Mining Land Use Plan.
Here is the Public Notice and the documents on which you need to comment.
You can email or paper mail your comments, or join one of two zoom webinars.
You can write to your Georgia state representative or senator
or governor or lieutenant governor and ask them to refuse any such instrument.
Here's a convenient comment form by Georgia Water Coalition:
Or to find your legislator you can type in your ZIP code here:
These are the Georgia state Senators with districts most involved with the Okefenokee Swamp:
Senator Sheila McNeil (R-Brunswick)
(404) 656-9644, 912.464.1989, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
With the new redistricting, District 3 will include all of Charlton County,
including the mine site.
Senator Russ Goodman (R-Lake Park)
(Lowndes, Lanier, Echols, Clinch, Cook, Brooks, and Thomas Counties),
(404) 656-7454, 912-218-0447, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
With the new redistricting, Senate District 8 no longer will include any of Charlton County, so not the mine site, but it will include the south and west parts of Ware County, so the Okefenokee Swamp west of the mine site.
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.
Senate District 7 goes away entirely,
being absorbed by District 8 and District 3.
These are the Georgia state Representatives with districts most involved:
174, John Corbett, R - Lake Park, 404-656-0213, email@example.com.
District 174 district includes the mine site.
it will also include the rest of Charlton County.
Steven Sainz, R - Woodbine, 404.656.0177, firstname.lastname@example.org, Charlton and Ware Counties.
District 180 will not include any of Charlton County; only Camden County and a bit of Glynn County.
176, James Burchett, R - Waycross,
404.656.0188, email@example.com, Lowndes, Lanier, Atkinson, and Ware Counties.
also a bit of Coffee County.
Dexter Sharper, D - Valdosta, 404.656.0126, firstname.lastname@example.org, Lowndes County.
Valdosta is the most populous city in the Suwannee River Basin in Georgia or Florida.
You can also write to your U.S. Representative or Senator and ask them to urge the Corps to take back up its oversight of the mine site.
See former letter from Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05).
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, email@example.com
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Or write to your local newspaper.
You can also contact radio, TV, and of course post on social media.
More than 12,000 people have already commented.
You can, too.
Photo: John S. Quarterman, before 2019-08-13 TPM meeting. L-r: Mark Lyons of Citizens Against Phosphate Mining, Alice Keyes of One Hundred Miles, Hilda Gilchrist of Our Santa Fe River (OSFR), Jim Tatum of OSFR and WWALS, Rena Peck Stricker of Georgia River Network, Mike Roth and Kristin Rubin of OSFR and WWALS, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee Riverkeeper, Merillee Malwitz-Jipson of OSFR and WWALS
Julia Widmann, Waterkeeper Alliance, 23 August 2019,
Suwannee Riverkeeper Fights to Protect Okefenokee Swamp from Titanium Strip Mine,
Twin Pines Minerals, LLC (TPM), an Alabama-based mining company,
applied for permits from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the
Georgia Department of Environmental Protection to mine for titanium
near the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, which is the
headwaters of the Suwannee and St. Marys Rivers in Southern Georgia.
The Suwannee flows south through Florida to the Gulf of Mexico, and
the St. Marys becomes the border between Georgia and Florida on its
way to the Atlantic.
John was quoted in the first news story about the mine, by Emily
Jones of Georgia Public Broadcasting on July 15, “The most
obvious thing that we really need is a real environmental impact
statement. All we have so far is, ‘this is what the applicant
Both Suwannee Riverkeeper and Southern Environmental Law Center
have prepared comments which
will go in went in today.
If your organization wants to sign on, please contact me ASAP, at
email@example.com send in your own comments saying you support the Suwannee Riverkeeper comments.
Or you can just send in your own comments directly.
Doesn’t have to be long.
A sentence will do.
Much more about the proposed mine is here:
-jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®
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