Today is the last public comment day to ask the Corps to stop a strip mine so close to the Okefenokee Swamp you can see both from a few hundred feet up.
Drone aerials of titanium mine site near Okefenokee Swamp 2019-11-23.
As the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service told Georgia Sen. Purdue last November,
“The initial project location is the farthest that mining activity would be from the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) boundary and the Okefenokee Swamp. Any additional mining that occurs within the 12,000-acre permit area would be closer to the refuge. The northwest boundary of the permit area is within a half mile from the refuge boundary and 400 feet from the edge of the Okefenokee Swamp.”
FWS also spelled out the bottom line: “It is the responsibility of the permit applicant to demonstrate what the extent of impacts of the project will be to surrounding natural resources.”
And the applicant still has not done that, not even in its second application.
A few miners profiting by selling titanium dioxide for paint is nowhere near sufficient reason to risk the unique treasure that is the Okefenokee Swamp, which is also the headwaters of both the Suwannee and St. Marys Rivers.
Please comment to the Corps
Today you can still ask the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to stop this strip mine:
Re: Applicant: Twin Pines Minerals, LLC, Application Number: SAS-2018-00554
Be sure to ask the Corps to deny the permit, or at least to require an Environmental Impact Statement.
Or use the convenient comment form in this Action Alert by Waterkeeper Alliance:
Or this convenient comment form by Georgia River Network:
For far more information about this bad strip-mining proposal, see:
-jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®
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