Okefenokee flyaround –Wayne Morgan 2019-10-05

The cause of this flight was the titanium mine Twin Pines Minerals wants to put near the southeast corner of the Okefenokee Swamp. We documented they have heavy equipment on that site now:


      031Equipment Twin Pines Minerals mine site T Model Road
031Equipment Twin Pines Minerals mine site T Model Road

The Georgia Water Coalition Dirty Dozen, used one of these aerial pictures taken by Wayne Morgan for WWALS on a Southwings flight for Suwannee Riverkeeper, pilot Allen Nodorft, October 5, 2019.

The mine site is less than three miles from the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, and about the same distance from the Cherokee of Georgia Tribal Grounds:


      029Cherokee of Georgia Tribal Grounds
029Cherokee of Georgia Tribal Grounds

For more about why that mine is a bad idea, see the Waterkeepers Florida resolulution against the mine.

For how bad it can get, see the string of four Chemours titanium mines in north Florida. Twin Pines Minerals along with Chemours is under a Florida Consent Order for a range of violations at those mines.


      014North Maxville Mine Chemours
014North Maxville Mine Chemours

For much more about this bad strip-mining project, see wwals.net/issues/titanium-mining/, including how you can comment against it to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

These videos also show what we are protecting, including the Suwannee River:


      004Suwannee River and Griffis Fish Camp
004Suwannee River and Griffis Fish Camp

The St Marys River:


      025Steel Bridge Road St Marys River
025Steel Bridge Road St Marys River

The Okefenokee Swamp:


      040Dinkins Road Half Moon & Bluff Lake Canoe Shelter
040Dinkins Road Half Moon & Bluff Lake Canoe Shelter

And Okefenokee Swamp Park:


      045Okefenokee Swamp Park
045Okefenokee Swamp Park

Below are links to each WWALS video, followed by a WWALS video playlist.

Here’s a LAKE video playlist:


Around Okefenokee Swamp, pictures by Wayne Morgan for WWALS 2019-10-05
On Southwings flight for Suwannee Riverkeeper, pilot Allen Nodorft.
Made into videos by John S. Quarterman for WWALS Watershed Coalition (WWALS).

How to Comment

The nominal comment deadline was Thursday, September 12, 2019, but the Corps will not say it will not read comments sent in later, so you can still send in your comments, and post them on social media, as op-eds, etc.

To comment, or to request a public hearing, you can write to
Commander, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Savannah District,
Attention: Ms. Holly Ross, 1104 North Westover Boulevard, Suite 9, Albany, Georgia, 31707,
or by email to holly.a.ross@usace.army.mil.
In your comments please refer to:
Applicant: Twin Pines Minerals, LLC, Application Number: SAS-2018-00554.

For the requested 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, stephen.wiedl@dnr.ga.gov
Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Environmental Protection Division, Water Protection Branch, 7 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, Atlanta, Georgia 30334.

 -jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®

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