Does it seem most of the agencies, laws, and rules are rigged for
big corporations and against local private property rights, against local fishing, swimming, boating, and hunting, and against organizations like Riverkeepers and Waterkeepers?
View from the south bank of Sabal Trail fracked methane pipeline turbidity curtains and pipe, collecting drilling fluid frac-out from pilot hole, taken from the north bank of the Withlacoochee River, about 2000 feet upstream from the US 84 bridge.
Photo: John S. Quarterman, October 22nd 2016.
One approach to change that is a Bill of Rights for Nature (BOR), to
change the legal structure so rivers, swamps, aquifers, lakes, etc.
presumptively have rights that corporations have to prove they are
For example, Suwannee Riverkeeper is helping oppose a company that
wants to mine titanium within three miles of the Okefenokee Swamp,
which is the headwaters of the Suwannee and St. Mary’s Rivers, and
above the Floridan Aquifer, from which all of south Georgia and
north Florida drinks.
Tribal Grounds west along GA 94 to TPM equipment, 12:38:38.
John S. Quarterman for WWALS, on Southwings flight, pilot Allen Nodorft, 2019-10-05.
We shouldn’t have to get
more than 20,000 comments sent to the U.S.
Army Corps of Engineers (you can still comment) pointing out that the Okefenokee National
Wildlife Refuge contributes far more jobs (700+) and other economic
benefits (more than $60 million/year) to the region and to Florida
and Georgia than even the wildest promises of the miners (150-200 as
in the application? 300? 350, as they told some reporters?), and the mine would risk all that, including boating, fishing, and birding in the Swamp and hunting around it. We
should be able to point to the rights of the Swamp, Rivers, and
Aquifer, and the miners should have to prove beyond a shadow a doubt
that they would not violate them.
the Georgia House of Representatives overwhelmingly refused to
grant easements for the Sabal Trail fracked methane pipeline to
drill under Georgia rivers, Continue reading