The Okefenokee Swamp is threatened by a titanium dioxide mine.
The Okefenokee Protection Alliance, a coalition of more than 40 organizations, is leading the effort to protect the largest blackwater wetland in North America. At stake is an incomparable 440,000-acre ecosystem, two rivers and a wilderness destination that records as many as 700,000 annual visits.
Learn about this irreplaceable and fragile international treasure, the rivers it sustains and the recreational opportunities found within this wild place.
A titanium dioxide mine threatens the Okefenokee Swamp and more than 700 jobs that area tourism supports. Learn what’s at stake and what you can do to save the Swamp.
Twin Pines Minerals LLC Mining Proposal Update as of February 2022:
The changes to the Clean Water Act that allowed Twin Pines Minerals to bypass federal review were recently vacated in federal court. As a result, the US Army Corps of Engineers and US Environmental Protection Agency are considering whether the approved jurisdictional determination—the mechanism that removed federal oversight from the project—is still valid.
Meanwhile, Twin Pines continues to seek permits from state regulators. They require five permits from the Georgia Environmental Protection Division, which the public will have the ability to comment on during two upcoming public comment periods. The Okefenokee Protection Alliance strongly urges all citizens to submit comments on the mining proposal, encouraging EPD to reject the permits, once EPD announces they have opened the first 60-day comment period.