Drone aerials of titanium mine site near Okefenokee Swamp 2019-11-23

Yesterday someone sent me drone pictures of the titanium mine site near the Okefenokee Swamp. They were taken from above GA 94, looking northwest.

You can still can comment against the proposed mine to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

[Closeup 2019-11-23]
Closeup 2019-11-23

For comparison, here is an aerial Wayne Morgan took for WWALS on October 5, 2019, on a Southwings flight for Suwannee Riverkeeper, pilot Allen Nodorft. Click on either picture for a bigger image.

[Closeup by Wayne Morgan 2019-10-05]
Closeup by Wayne Morgan 2019-10-05

It’s a bit disorienting that the two pictures seven weeks apart were taken from opposite directions. Nonetheless, people familiar with mining equipment may be able to spot differences.

I know there have been changes, because I saw more equipment being trucked in when I was at the entrance on GA 94 Thursday a week ago during the press conference for the Georgia Water Coalition Dirty Dozen.

In a previous post, you can see more of Wayne’s pictures as a video flyaround.

Another drone picture from yesterday shows the River Styx in the background, and the Okefenokee Swamp on the horizon.

[Distant 2019-11-23]
Distant 2019-11-23

The Swamp is the headwaters of both the St. Marys River and the Suwannee River.

For much more about this bad strip-mining project, see wwals.net/issues/titanium-mining/.

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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