News

The threat of mining near the Okefenokee Swamp has garnered the attention of media outlets from across Georgia and the nation. This page provides information about the swamp’s inclusion in American Rivers’ Most Endangered Rivers list for 2020 and 2023, the Georgia Water Coalition’s Dirty Dozen list for 2019, 2020, and 2021 and other news items related to the proposed mine and the Okefenokee Swamp. 

In the News

If the Okefenokee isn’t worth saving, what is?– Georgia Recorder on March 29

Legislature adjourns without new limits on mining near Okefenokee– Atlanta Journal-Constitution on March 29

Okefenokee mining pause measure faces backlash in Georgia Senate – Atlanta Journal-Constitution on March 28

The Okefenokee mining fight is at a crucial crossroads in Georgia – Atlanta Journal-Constitution on March 27

Water is life — and the best defense against catastrophic fire — in the Okefenokee Swamp – U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on March 27

Okefenokee bill clears Georgia House– Capitol Beat on March 26

On this, we agree: Protect the Okefenokee – Atlanta Journal-Constitution on March 26

Mining pause bill clears Georgia House, but Okefenokee fears persist– Atlanta Journal-Constitution on March 26

Home Depot, others can ignore Okefenokee resolutions, agency says – Atlanta Journal-Constitution on March 25

Mining fight on the Okefenokee Swamp’s edge may have only just begun – Atlanta Journal-Constitution on March 23

New effort emerges to stop mining near the Okefenokee Swamp– Capitol Beat on March 22

Lawmakers resurrect Okefenokee mining moratorium bill– The Current on March 22

Okefenokee Swamp resolution reached against strip mine – Valdosta Today on March 19

Georgia could greenlight a mine near one of the South’s last wild places – The Washington Post on March 17

Has the Okefenokee found its white knight? – Hatch Magazine on March 17

Titanium Mine Hearing Finds Not a Single Supporter– Fernandina Observer on March 14

Action sought on Trail Ridge demonstration mine permit – The Baker County Press on March 7

Proposed mine threatens Okefenokee Swamp, locals say – WSAV 3 on March 7

Save the Okefenokee Swamp and help Southeastern Georgia in the process – Savannah Morning News on March 7

‘Not now, not ever’: Public tells officials to stop Okefenokee mine – Atlanta Journal-Constitution on March 6

Okefenokee mine opponents, backed by feds, call for Georgia EPD to thwart Twin Pines dig – Georgia Recorder on March 6

Conservancy Director Speaks on Okefenokee– The Brunswick News on March 5

Nearly 300 attend public hearing on plan to mine near Okefenokee – The Current on March 5

Feds Say Mining Company Can’t Divert 1.4 Million Gallons Water per Day from Georgia Wildlife Refuge – Outdoor Life on March 5

Public meeting to be held over strip-mining project near Okefenokee Swamp – WTOC Savannah on March 5

Mining company can’t tap water needed for Okefenokee wildlife refuge, US says – AP News on March 4

Mine near swamp a concern for St. Marys Riverkeeper – The Brunswick News on March 2

As compromise mining bill advances, a look at Twin Pines’ contributions – The Current on February 29

Letter to the Editor: Why the Twin Pines mining proposal must be denied (David Kyler, Center for a Sustainable Coast) – Bryan County News on February 29

Advocates: Okefenokee mining moratorium good, but bill is flawed – The Brunswick News on February 29

A threat to the Okefenokee Swamp – WJCT News on February 28

Could titanium dioxide mining impact the Okefenokee Swamp? Here’s what we’ve learned – WSB-TV Atlanta on February 26

Feds want decadelong pause on mining near Okefenokee refuge – E&E News by POLITICO on February 27

Georgia lawmakers weigh a 3-year pause on expansion permits for planned Okefenokee mine – Statesboro Herald on February 26

Mining threats mount for Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge – Hatch Magazine on February 25

It is not too late to protect the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge – The Newnan Times-Herald on February 23

New bill proposes moratorium on mining near Okefenokee Swamp – Environmental Health News on February 23

Georgia lawmakers weigh a 3-year pause on expansion permits for planned Okefenokee mine – The Washington Post on February 22

Georgia lawmakers weigh a 3-year pause on expansion permits for planned Okefenokee mine– AP on February 22

Latest bill targeting strip mining near Okefenokee receives mixed reaction from environmentalists – Georgia Recorder on February 21

LETTER: Protect The Okefenokee – Madison Journal Today on February 19

Georgians can now weigh in on Twin Pines’ mining efforts & Okefenokee. Here’s how – Columbus Ledger-Enquirer on February 13

Draft permits issued for strip-mining project near Okefenokee Swamp – WTOC Savannah on February 13

Opponents of mine near Okefenokee consider options to stop it after state EPD issued draft permits – Georgia Recorder on February 13

Draft Mining Permits Spell Danger for Okefenokee Refuge – Defenders of Wildlife on February 12

Plans for mine near Georgia wildlife refuge proceed, environmentalists call it a ‘death warrant’ – Fox News on February 12

State issues draft permits for titanium mine near Okefenokee – Capitol Beat on February 12

The Okefenokee Swamp faces threats again. We can and should save it – The Atlanta Journal-Consitution on February 11

Georgia regulators issue draft permits for Twin Pines mine – Southern Environmental Law Center on February 9

Georgia environmental regulators issue draft permits for strip mine near Okefenokee – Georgia Recorder on February 9

Georgia draft permits released for controversial mine planned near Okefenokee – The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on February 9

Proposed mine outside Georgia’s Okefenokee Swamp nears approval despite environment damage concerns – AP on February 9

New study touts economic impact of World Heritage Site designation for Okefenokee – Capitol Beat on February 9

New project explores Black history of Okefenokee – WABE on February 8

Opponents of strip mining near Okefenokee Swamp wade into new campaign to pass protection bill – Georgia Recorder on February 6

Georgia advocates rally for Okefenokee Swamp at Georgia State Capitol – WABE on January 30

Leaders push to pass the Okefenokee Swamp Protection Act – WALB News Albany on January 30

Okefenokee Swamp supporters pitch anti-mining bill – Capitol Beat on January 30

Okefenokee Swamp supporters pitch anti-mining bill – Albany Herald on January 30

Local environmental advocates hold press conference in state capitol – The Brunswick News on January 30

A mine near the Okefenokee promises jobs. But many locals oppose it – The Atlanta Journal-Consitution on January 29

A growing list of groups oppose mining at Okefenokee Swamp. Will Columbus be next?– Columbus Ledger-Enquirer on January 29

Resolution to protect Okefenokee Swamp will be introduced by Savannah City Council – WTOC Savannah on January 25

Twin Pines fined for exploratory drilling near Okefenokee Swamp – Albany Herald on January 24

Company seeking to mine near Okefenokee will pay $20,000 to settle environmental violation claims – AP News on January 24

Twin Pines fined for exploratory drilling near Okefenokee Swamp – Capitol Beat on January 24

Twin Pines Minerals fined $20K for exploratory work – Georgia Public Broadcasting News on January 24

Twin Pines Minerals fined $20K for exploratory work – The Current on January 23

Let us value and preserve the Okenfenokee – Bryan County News on January 11

Georgia lawmakers to again consider Okefenokee mining ban – The Current on January 9

Georgia lawmakers to again consider Okefenokee mining ban – WABE on January 4

 

Op-eds and Letters to the Editor

Experiencing the Okefenokee – Zain Khemani, student at The New School, in the Saporta Report on April 24, 2023

Local Voices Matter, Here in Charlton County and International Decisions, Charlton County Herald, Oct. 18, 2022.

What would Teddy Roosevelt think of the Okefenokee, The Georgia Recorder, Sept. 27, 2022

Some Time at the Okefenokee Swamp, Morning Open Thread, Daily KOS, Sept. 25, 2022.

September 9, 2022. Defenders of Wildlife. “Now or Never for the Okefenokee, Research Confirms”

August 26, 2022. The Brunswick News. “EPD Should Reject Permit to Mine Near Okefenokee.”

July 26, 2022. The Brunswick News. “State Leaders Must Act to Protect the Okefenokee” by Rep. Bill Stuckey

July 4, 2022. The New Yorker. “Swamps Can Protect Against Climate Change, If We Only Let Them”

June 9, 2022. Defenders of Wildlife. “In Senator Ossoff, a Champion Befitting of the Okefenokee Swamp Rises”

May 31, 2022. Georgia Recorder. “Okefenokee: A Personal Reflection”

May 16, 2022. Defenders of Wildlife. “For the State of Georgia, Okefenokee Mining Has Long-been a Bad Idea”

May 10, 2022. Georgia Recorder. “Will the Okefenokee Swamp be Governor Kemp’s conservation win or Georgia’s loss?”

March 14, 2022. Defenders of Wildlife. “Finding Refuge: Time to Expand America’s National Wildlife Refuge System”

March 10, 2022. Georgia Recorder. “Opinion: What would Teddy Roosevelt have to say?”

February 25, 2022. Hatch. “My Heart’s in the Swamp”

February 18, 2022. Gainesville Times. “Opinion: State legislation could allow serious harm to Okefenokee”

December 8, 2021. The Coastal Courier. “Letter to the editor: About the Okefenokee Swamp”  

November 18, 2021. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “Opinion: Save the Priceless Okefenokee Swamp”

September 27, 2021. Savannah Morning News. “Okefenokee Swamp Offers a Chance to Unplug and Recharge in the Georgia Wild”

September 27, 2021. Georgia Recorder. “Pogo Has Some Advice for Us”

August 16, 2021. USA Today 10Best. “What Makes the Okefenokee Swamp Georgia’s Top Tourism Destination”

July 11, 2021. Saporta Report. “Titanium – A Fantastic Mineral the U.S. Doesn’t Need from Near Okefenokee Swamp”

June 2, 2021. Georgia Recorder. “Should We Trust Twin Pines?” by Dink Nesmith

May 24, 2021. Bloomberg Law. “Okefenokee Swamp a Battlefield in Epic Trump Water Rules Fight

May 21, 2021. Savannah Morning News. “Not-so-sweet idea: Risking the Okefenokee Swamp for an Element Used in Candy Markings

May 14, 2021. Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine. “How to Save the South’s Deepest, Darkest Secret

May 13, 2021. The Brunswick News. “Letter Writer Concerned About Mining Plans”

April 30, 2021. Savannah Morning News. “Miners Should Stay Away from the Okefenokee” by Daniel Blackman

February 2, 2021. Gainesville Sun.”It’s Okefenokee’s turn to take the global stage” by Elise Pautler Bennett

November 21, 2020. Northwest GA News. “Save the Okefenokee Swamp”.

November 19, 2020. Northside News.  “LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Georgia’s Okefenokee Swamp must be protected”

November 18, 2020. Savannah Morning News. “Okefenokee Miners Have More to Prove”

November 11, 2020. Savannah Morning News. “Mining President Pledges Project W0n’t Impact Okefenokee”.

November 4, 2020. Athens Banner Herald. River watchdog: Federal clean water law changes threaten Okefenokee”

November 4, 2020. The Augusta Chronicle. “River watchdog: Federal clean water law changes threaten Okefenokee”

November 4, 2020. The Savannah Morning News. River watchdog: Federal clean water law changes threaten Okefenokee”

March 26, 2020. Savannah Now, “Would-be Okefenokee miners try new tactic”  by Rena Peck.

January 14, 2020. Charlton County Herald, “Letter to the Editor: Response to City of Folkston, Development Authority” by Mark Lyons, Citizens Against Phosphate Mining

December 23, 2019. Charlton County Herald. “Letter to the Editor: Development Authority supports Twin Pines” by Dev. Authority Board of Directors, Charlton County Development Authority

December 31, 2019, Charlton County Herald, “Letter to the Editor: U.S. EPA still says mine would have substantial and unacceptable impact” by John Quarterman, Suwannee Riverkeeper

Dec. 10, 2019. Letter to the Editor: Potential titanium mine threatens local economy Charlton County Herald, by Alex Kearns, St. Mary’s Earthkeepers

October, 25, 2019.  Blue Ridge Outdoors. “Don’t Drain the Swamp by Christian Hunt, Defenders of Wildlife.

October 23, 2019, Charlton County Herald, “Twin Pines: No Keys to the Okefenokee”. Christian Hunt.

October 19, 2019, Charlton County Herald, “That’s Your Job by Alex Kearns, St. Mary’s Earthkeepers

September 25, 2019, Charlton County Herald, “Convenience of private profit is no excuse to mine the Okefenokee” by John Quarterman, Suwanee Riverkeeper.

September 7, 2019. Florida Times Union. “Mining has no place near the Okefenokee”. Christian Hunt, Defenders of Wildlife.

August 29, 2019. Savannah Morning News, “Mining next to Okefenokee Remains a bad idea”.  Rena Peck Stricker, Georgia River Network

Aug. 20, 2019. Charlton County Herald, “‘It’s a shame to silence and gag majority’”. Mark Lyons, Citizens Against Phosphate Mining.

August 17, 2019. The Brunswick News, “Speak out against Twin Pines Proposal”. Alex Kearns, St. Mary’s Earthkeepers.

August 13, 2019. Charlton County Herald. “Letter to the Editor”. John Quarterman, Suwannee Riverkeeper.

July 21, 2019. Valdosta Daily Times, “Swamp, Suwannee more valuable than titanium” by John Quarterman, Suwannee Riverkeeper.

July 20, 2019. The Brunswick News. “Okefenokee refuge should be protected  “ by Alice Keyes, 100 Miles.

July 17, 2019. The Brunswick News, “Mining facility should be shelved if it hurts refugeEditorial (signed by Brunswick News)

 

In the News- Archives

Georgia faith leaders pray for Okefenokee Swamp’s protection, push for mining restrictions – WABE on December 11, 2023

Brookhaven leaders call for protection of the Okefenokee – Rough Draft Atlanta on December 11

‘Okefenokee’ song released to raise awareness of mining threat – Rough Draft Atlanta on December 9

Pastors pray for swamp’s protection – The Current on December 8

Opponents of proposed mine near Okefenokee target corporate boardrooms – Atlanta Journal-Constitution on December 5

Above the Waterline: Will Georgia’s Republican leaders defend the Okefenokee?– Atlanta Intown on November 26

“Okefenokee War Cry” on WABE City Lights with Lois Reitzes – WABE on November 15 (18:35 minute mark)

Catholic sisters revive pressure on companies to protect the Okefenokee – The Current on November 10

Green mutual fund files shareholder proposals opposing mine near Okefenokee – Capitol Beat on November 9

Drawing a line in the ancient sand ridge next to the Okefenokee SwampJacksonville Florida Times-Union on November 1

Saving The Swamp: Environmentalists, mining company at odds over dig near Okefenokee – News4Jax on October 25

Sen. Ossoff Delivering Upgrades to Stephen C. Foster State Park Near Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge – U.S. Senator Ossoff on October 17

Researchers working to preserve The Okefenokee Swamp – WTOC Savannah on October 17

Okefenokee Swamp Park gets funding for African American CCC Preservation Project- Charlton County Herald on October 17

Okefenokee Swamp Park launching historic preservation project– Capitol Beat on October 11

New project to explore history of Okefenokee’s Black conservationists – Atlanta Journal-Constitution on October 11

Will a plan to mine near the Okefenokee hurt its World Heritage bid?– Atlanta Journal-Constitution on September 27

Okefenokee Natl. Wildlife Refuge to be nominated as World Heritage Site – Atlanta Journal-Constitution on September 22

Georgia Rivers Gala celebrates 25 years of river protection with a clear message: Protect the Okefenokee– Saporta Report on September 13

Ossoff urges Georgia to reject Okefenokee Swamp mining proposal – Atlanta Journal-Constitution on September 8

Okefenoke Partnership focuses on branding, the road going forward – Charlton County Herald on August 15

Jeff Cown named EPD director– The Current on August 2

Murky Issue? Don’t blow up the Okefeonkee Swamp. Are the heavy minerals really worth it?– Georgia Trend on July 22

Georgia’s hedge against climate change vital– republish to Atlanta Journal-Constitution on July 1

The awe-inspiring Okefenokee – Golden Isles Magazine on June 29

The Emerging Science of Tracing Smoke Back to Wildfires – The New York Times on June 28

Carter pushes for UNESCO designation for Okefenokee Swamp – The Brunswick News on June 28

Opponents of titanium mine near Okefenokee focusing on mining company’s qualifications – Capitol Beat on June 16

Protecting the Okefenokee Swamp Refuge from Mining: Ecologist Rena Ann Peck of Georgia River Network – In Tune to Nature Podcast June 14

A $300 Million Titanium Mine Proposal Could Reshape Georgia’s Swamp Country – The Wall Street Journal on June 9

House Bill 71 that would prohibit surface mining on Trail Ridge is halted – Charlton County Herald on March 22

Scientists say mine plan claiming no Okefenokee Swamp harm has errors – WABE on March 23

Okefenokee protection bill won’t pass this year, despite majority support in the House – The Macon Telegraph

Republican, Democratic lawmakers in GA are trying to protect Okefneokee Swamp. Here’s how – The Telegraph on March 1

Opinion: the fate of the Okefenokee is in your hands – New York Times on Feb. 27

Georgians speak out against mining near Okefneokee – WABE on Feb. 24

Residents, scientists slam Okefenokee mining proposal – Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Feb. 24

Why Floridians must oppose a mine planned next to the Okefenokee – The Florida Times-Union on Feb. 19

The Surprising U.S. destinations named on Forbes ‘Best Places to Travel 2023’ List– Travel Off Path on Jan. 31

Twin PInes Minearls’ swamp mining plans open for public comment – Charlton County Herald on Jan. 31

Company Closer to mining near the Okefenokee Swamp – News4Jax on Jan. 31

How the defunct Trump policy still threatens Georgia’s Okefenokee Swamp– Grist on Jan. 31, 2023

New documentary shows Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge as more than ‘just a swamp’ – Savannah Morning News on Jan. 30, 2023

Effort. to curb mining near Okefenokee – GPB on Jan. 26

Rep. Darlene Taylor Introduces Okefenokee Protection Act to Prohibit Future mining Permits for Swamp’s Trail Ridge – AllOnGeorgia on Jan. 26

 Republican Georgia House bill seeks to block mining at edge of Okefenokee Swamp – 11 Alive on Jan. 26

Bill banning mining near Okefenokee resurfaces in General Assembly – Capitol Beat News Service on Jan. 25

Sixty day comment period opens for controversial mining plans near Okefenokee – Saporta Report on Jan. 25

Okefenokee Protection Bill seeks second try at preventing mine at swamp – Savannah Morning News on Jan. 25

Georgia GOP lawmaker pushes bill to protect ‘vital and precious’ Okefenokee from new mining proposals – Georgia Recorder on Jan. 25

Georgia Lawmakers propose to block mining outside Okefenokee – Associated Press via U.S. News on Jan. 25

Mining near swamp not worth the potential damages – The Brunswick News on Jan. 25

Despite ongoing investigation and scientific disputes, a plan for strip mine near Okefenokee advances – The Current GA on Jan. 20

Regulators move mine plan near Okefenokee a big step forward – AP News via The Daily Sentinel on Feb. 9

State opens public comment period on proposed mine near Okefenokee Swamp – Capitol Beat on Jan. 19

Public comments for Okefenokee Swamp mining plans are open – Savannah Morning News on Jan. 20

Times runs short for public to weigh in on state mining permit for edge of the Okefenokee Swamp – Georgia Recorder on Jan. 19

Georgia regulators release plans for mine near Okefenokee – E&E News on Jan. 19

Regulators move mine plan near Okefenokee a big step forward – U.S. News on Jan. 19

5 Georgia environmental storylines to watch in 2023 – The Current on Jan. 10

A look ahead to the 2023 Georgia legislature – Axios Atlanta on Jan. 9

U.S. Supreme Court decision in waterways case could come too late for Okefenokee mine foes– GPB on Jan. 9

Issues to Watch in the 2023 Session – AJC on Jan. 8

U.S. Supreme Court decision in waterways case could come too late for Okefenokee mine foes – Georgia Recorder on Jan. 8

A new push to protect the Okefenokee Swamp from mining is also planned – AJC on Jan. 6

Restored Clean Water protections come to Georgia, but may not change Okefenokee mine – Savannah Morning News on Jan. 6

Valdosta on record opposing mining operation – Valdosta Daily Times on Jan. 1, 2023

Restored wetlands protections may not prevent mining near the Okefneokee – The Current GA on Dec. 31, 2022

General Assembly to renew debate over mining near Okefenokee Swamp– Capitol Beat republished by The Albany Herald on Dec. 28, 2022

General Assembly to renew debate over mining near the Okefenokee– The Current Georgia on Dec. 28, 2022

General Assembly to renew debate over mining near Okefneokee Swamp – Capitol Beat News Service republished by Rome News Tribune on Dec. 27, 2022

General Assembly to renew debate over mining near Okefenokee Swamp – Capitol Beat Service republished by Statesboro Herald on Dec. 27, 2022

Water wars on the Okefenokee heighten as EPD ends year with no permit decision – Savannah Morning News on Dec. 17, 2022

The Okefenokee is still in peril– Hatch Magazine on Dec. 16, 2022

Interior secretary: ‘Unacceptable to mine near famed swamp – AP News republished by Statesboro Herald on Dec. 12

Haaland voices opposition to mining near Okefenokee – The Brunswick News on Dec. 9, 2022

Interior Secretary to Georgia: Refect mining near Okefenokee– The Current Georgia on Dec. 8, 2022

Interior secretary opposes mine near famed swamp – Kearney Hub on Dec. 8, 2022

Interior secretary asks state to deny permits for titanium mine near Okefenokee – Capitol Beat News Service. on Dec. 8, 2022

Interior secretary urges Georgia governor to block mining plans near Okefenokee– The Georgia Recorder on Dec. 8, 2022

Okefenokee Mining Plan– The Daily Progress on Dec. 7, 2022

Interior secretary: ‘Unacceptable to mine near famed swamp’– AP News on Dec. 7, 2022

Saga of proposed mine at Okefenokee Swamp’s edge still mired in legal challenges, regulatory reviews – Georgia Recorder on Nov. 21, 2022

U.S. Army Corps sued over proposed titanium mine near Okefenokee Swamp – Douglas County Sentinel, Nov. 16, 2022

Georgia’s Okefenokee mining project to move forward without permits, U.S. agency sued – Fox News, Nov. 16, 2022

U.S. agency sued over hands-off decision on Okefenokee mine  – WTOC, Nov. 16, 2022

U.S. Army Corps sued over controversial Okefenokee mining project – Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Nov. 16, 2022.

Okefenokee Mining Plan – Goshen News, Nov. 15, 2022

U.S. agency sued over hands-off decision on Okefenokee mine – Law.com, Nov. 15, 2022

Lawsuit challenges Army Corps Decision Imperiling Wetlands Near Okefenokee Swamp – Common Dreams, Nov. 15, 2022

U.S. agency sued over hands-off decision on Okefenokee mine – AP News, Nov. 15, 2022.

Corps Must Protect Swamp from Mine, Green Groups Says – Law360, Nov. 15, 2022.

Wildlife Groups sue Army corps over over Okefenokee WOTUS Settlement – Bloomberg Law, Nov. 15, 2022.

U.S. Army Corps sued over proposed titanium mine near Okefenokee Swamp – Capitol Beat, Nov. 15, 2022.

Environmental groups sue Army Corps. ofEngineers over Okefenokee Swamp protections – Savannah Morning News, Nov. 15, 2022.

U.S. Army Corps sued over proposed titanium mine near Okefenokee Swamp – The Washington Post, Nov. 15, 2022.

From appreciation to conservation: Nine families’ first-ever camping trip in the Okefenokee – Saporta Report, Nov. 11, 2022.

Conservation group runs ad opposing titanium mine near Okefenokee – The Albany Herald, Nov. 7, 2022.

Okefenokee fans rally support again as mining plans near final Georgia EPD review – The Griffin Daily News, Nov. 6, 2022.

Okefenokee fans rally support again as mining plan nears final Georgia EPD review – GPB, Nov. 4, 2022

Okefenokee fans rally support again as mining plan nears final Georgia EPD review – The Georgia Recorder, Nov. 3, 2022

Georgia River Network presents documentary on Okefenokee – The Albany Herald, Oct. 29, 2022.

Georgia River Network presents documentary on Okefenokee – KPVI Channel 6, Oct. 29, 2022.

In ‘Fen, Bog & Swamp,’ Annie Proulx pens a history of wetland destruction – NPR, Oct. 11, 2022

Paddle with author helps celebrate Canoeing and Kayaking Georgia guidebook publication, The Ablany Herald, Oct. 8, 2022

The Okefenokee Swamp is in Danger – HC at UGA, Oct. 5, 2022.

State meeting at Okefenokee draws mining project critics –  Statesboro Herald, Sept. 30, 2022

State board meeting at Okefenokee Swamp draws mining project critics – Capitol Beat News Service, Sept. 29, 2022

On Okefenokee, DNR board looks for signal from feds – GPB, Sept. 29, 2022

On Okefenokee, DNR board looks for signal from feds – The Current GA, Sept. 28, 2022

Okefenokee mining opponents express concerns as DNR board meets – The Brunswick News, Sept. 28, 2022

Camp Charlie will allow newbies to experience Okefenokee – The Albany Herald, Sept. 24, 2022.

Camp Charlie will allow newbies to experience Okefenokee – KPVI, Sept. 24, 2022.

Secretary of the Interior visits the Okefenokee National Wildlife refuge – Charlton County Herald, Sept. 20, 2022.

Okefenokee: Heavy & Precious – The Bitter Southerner, Sept. 21, 2022.

Dozens of groups urge Interior Department to greenlight Okefenokee World Heritage Bid – Center for Biological Diversity release, Sept. 21, 2022.

Proposed titanium mine near Florida’s Okefenokee wildlife refuge moving forward after Army Corps drops protections – Spot on Floriday, Sept. 19, 2022.

Environmental Groups Fight to Stop Mine Near Okefenokee – The Published Reporter, Sept. 19, 2022.

Interior Secretary visits Okefenokee – The Brunswick News, Sept. 20, 2022.

Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge Fights to Gain World Heritage Listing – Creative Loafing, Sept. 21, 2022.

Proposed titanium mine near Florida’s Okefenokee wildlife refuge moving forward after Army Corps of Engineers drops protections – Orlando Weekly, Sept. 19, 2022.

Georgians want to protection for the Okefenokee – Valdosta Today, Sept. 19.

Clear Majority of Georgians Oppose Mine – The Brunswick News. Sept. 19, 2022.

GA Groups Fight to Stop Mine Near Okefenokee – Valdosta Today, Sept. 16, 2022.


Secretary Haaland Highlights Conservation Efforts, Wildfire Prevention Investments, During Visit to Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge  – U.S. Dep. of Interior, Sept. 16.

Visit from Interior Secretary Shines a Light on Okefenokee Supporters, The Current, Sept. 16, 2022.

September 15, 2022. Albany Herald. “Majority of Georgians say governor should protect Okefenokee”

September 15, 2022. McDuffie Progress.  “Majority of Georgians say governor should protect Okefenokee”

September 15, 2022. KPVI. “Majority of Georgians say governor should protect Okefenokee”

Sept. 7, 2022. Florida News Leader. “State Resumes Consideration of Okefenokee Mine Permits”

Sept. 1, 2022. Only in Your State. “This Unique Georgia State Park is One of the Best Spots for Stargazing in the State”

Sept. 1, 2022. The Brunswick News. “Study Raises Concerns About Mining Near the Okefenokee”

August 24, 2022. The Brunswick News. “State to determine mining near the Okefenokee”

August 23, 2022. E&E News. “Ga. mine advances as fabled swamp loses federal protections”

August 23, 2022. Georgia Recorder. “Fate of mine at Okefenokee Swamp’s edge could soon be cemented by Georgia EPD

August 23, 2022. Capitol Beat. “Feds Reopen State Review of Proposed Titanium Mine Near Okefenokee Swamp”

August 23, 2022. Savannah Morning News. “Okefenokee Swamp Mine is Back on as Army Corps of Engineers Settles Lawsuit”

August 23, 2022. Charlton County Hearld. “Twin Pines Minerals and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Settle Lawsuit”

August 22, 2022. AJC (by AP) “Company: Legal Settlement Puts Okefenokee Mine Back on Track”

August 10, 2022. MVSKOKE Media. “Okefenokee Refuge Remains Protectd from Development”

July 28, 2022. Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “5 Things to Know About the Okefenokee Swamp”

July 28, 2022. Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “Okefenokee Swamp Lures You In With It’s Peaceful, Haunting Beauty”

July 21, 2022. NPR. “Muscogee Nation gets a say in management of Georgia’s Okefenokee Wildlife Refuge”

July 18, 2022. GPB. “Chief of the Lower Muscogee Creek Tribe wants to stop a proposed titanium mine near the Okefenokee Swamp”

July 14, 2022. U.S. Fish & Wildlife Services. “Muscogee Nation Visits ‘Most Blissful Spot of the Earth'”

July 1, 2022. Savannah Morning News. “Okefenokee mining: Twin Pines Minerals sues US Army Corps over wetland protections”

June 30, 2022. Savannah Morning News. “Okefenokee Swamp Park to seek UNESCO World Heritage Site Status for conservation, economy”

June 28, 2022. AJC.  “Mining company sues over Army Corps’ ruling on Okefenokee mine”

June 27, 2022. The Current. “Mining company sues Army Corps over project near Okefenokee”

June 24, 2022. The Brunswick News. “Okefenokee seeking World Heritage Site designation”.

June 15, 2022. Georgia Recorder. “Will confirmation of suspected tribal burial grounds end Okefenokee mine for good?”

June 13, 2022. The Georgia Sun. “Georgia suspends applications for titanium mine near Okefenokee Swamp”

June 9, 2022. Saporta Report. “Federal government gets involved with mining proposals near Okefenokee Swamp, making approval less likely”

June 9, 2022. Capitol Beat.  “State suspending permit applications for titanium mine near Okfenokee Swamp”

June 7, 2022. Valdosta Today. “Army Corps blocks strip mine near Okefenokee”

June 7, 2022. Hatch Magazine. “Okefenokee mine permit revoked by Army Corps”

June 7, 2022. Savannah Morning News. “Twin Pines Minerals Set to Reapply for Mining Permit Near Okefenokee Swamp”

June 6, 2022. Fox 31. “Protection for the Okefenokee Swamp has been restored”

June 6, 2022. WABE. “Why the Muscogee (Creek) Nation gets a say on the Okefenokee mine proposal”

June 6, 2022. GPB. “Feds Dealt Major Setback to Proposed Mine Near Okefenokee”

June 6, 2022. GPB. “U.S. Army Corps Revokes Approval of Mining Near Okefenokee”

June 6, 2022. Capitol Beat. “U.S. Army Corps Throws Roadblock at Proposed Titanium Mine Near Okefenokee Swamp”

June 6, 2022. E&E News. “Army Corps deals blow to Ga. titanium mine, reverses Trump move”

June 6, 2022. The Wild Hunt. “Feds Restore Jurisdiction Over Okefenokee Mining Proposal”

June 5, 2022. The Washington Post. “Agency Ruling Delivers Big Setback to Okefenokee Mining Plan”

June 4, 2022. AP. “Agency Ruling Delivers Big Setback to Okefenokee Mining Plan”

June 4, 2022. The Current Georgia. “U.S. Army Corps Revokes Approval  of Mining Near Okefenokee”

June 4, 2022. Georgia Recorder. “Feds Intervene iin Proposed Mining Project Near Okefenokee Swamp, Citing Lack of Input from Tribal Community”

June 4, 2022. “Ossoff Hails ‘Restored Protection’ of Okefenokee After Feds Resume Oversight of Mining Plan”

June 4, 2022. Savannah Morning News. “Army Corps Blocks Mine Near Okefenokee, Cites Failure to Consult Muscogee Creek Nation”

June 4, 2022. Florida Times-Union. “Army Corps blocks mine near Okefenokee, cites failure to consult Muscogee Creek Nation”

June 3, 2022. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “Okefenokee Mine Project Dealt Major Blow by Army Corps of Engineers”

May 31, 2022. Thomasville Times Enterprise. “Taylor Honored for Evironmental Legislative Leadership”

May 30, 2022. Saporta Report. “The Okefenokee Experience: A tri-county effort to boost ecotourism around the swamp”

May 25, 2022. Fox31. “Senator Jon Ossoff is advocating for the protection of the Okefenokee swamp”

May 6, 2022. Valdosta Today. “‘Okefenokee Destiny’ Highlights Swamps Ecology, Future”

April 19, 2022. Charlton County Herald. “House Resolution adopted to protect the Okefenokee Swamp”

April 13, 2022. The Rome News-Tribune. “Georgia House resolution takes stand on mining project near Okefenokee Swamp”

April 12, 2022. The Augusta Press. “Georgia House resolution takes stand on mining project near Okefenokee Swamp”

April 12, 2022. The Brunswick News. “House Senes Message About Mining Proposal”

April 12, 2022. Savannah Morning News. “Georgia House resolution takes stand on mining project near Okefenokee Swamp”

April 12, 2022. Gwinnett Daily Post. “Georgia House resolution takes stand on mining project near Okefenokee Swamp”

April 11, 2022. The McDuffie Progress. “Georgia House: Okefenokee is Worthy of Protection”

April 11, 2022. The Griffin Daily News. “Georgia House: Okefenokee is Worthy of Protection”

April 11, 2022. KPVI. “Georgia House: Okefenokee is Worthy of Protection”

March 31, 2022. Saporta Report. “Georgia House urges protection of Okefenokee Swamp”

March 18, 2022. The Currnet Georgia. “Okefenokee Bill Died but Efforts to Prevent Mining Continue”

March 8, 2022. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “Bill to ban mine permits near the Okefenokee is unlikely to pass”

March 8, 2022. Charlton County Herald. “Bill to ban mining near the Okefenokee Swamp hits dead end”

March 8, 2022. The Brunswick News. “Legislation banning mining in Okefenokee swamp not moving forward”

March 7, 2022. WABE. “Bill to protect Okefenokee Swamp from mining dead in General Assembly”

March 4, 2022. GPB. “Georgia Today: State’s beloved Okefenokee Swamp at the Heart of Plan for New Titanium Dioxide Mine”

March 4, 2022. The Capitol Beat. “Bill to protect Okefenokee Swamp from mining dead in General Assembly”

March 3, 2022. Bryan County News. “State Lawmakers Seek to Protect Okefenokee Swamp”

March 2, 2022. Bloomberg Law. “GOP-led Okefenokee Swamp protection bill dies in Georgia”

Feb. 22, 2022. The Newnan Times-Herald. “The Okefenokee Protection Act Will Be Historic”

Feb. 20, 2022. Creative Loafing. “Plan to mine Okefenokee Swamp could be thwarted”

Feb. 18, 2022. Axios. “A bipartisan plan to protect the Okefenokee Swamp”

Feb. 16, 2022. Charlton County Herald. “House bill to ban mining permits near the Swamp”

Feb. 11, 2022. Bloomberg Law. “Republicans Try to Protect Famed Swamp Amid Wetlands Fight”

Feb. 11, 2022. Document Journal. “Federal refusal to protect the Florida-Georgia marshlands highlights the importance–and limitations–of public interest”

Feb. 10, 2022. Fox 31. “Major titanium mining company commits to protecting the Okefenokee Swamp”

Feb. 10, 2022. The Brunswick News.“Proposed legislation to stop proposed mining near Okefenokee.”

Feb. 9, 2022. Clayton Daily News. “Georgia House bill would ban mining near Okefenokee swamp”

Feb. 9, 2022. The Georgia Sun. “Should Mining Be Allowed Near the Okefenokee Swamp”

Feb. 9, 2022. The Georgia Recorder. “Bipartisan group of Georgia lawmakers push bill to prevent Okefenokee mining”

Feb. 9, 2022. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “Bipartisan bill would ban mine permits near Okefenokee Swamp”

Feb. 9, 2022. WABE. “Georgia lawmakers move to block mine near Okefenokee Swamp”

Feb. 8, 2022. Savannah Business Journal. “Okefenokee Swamp Day to be proclaimed at Capital”

Feb. 8, 2022. The Current Georgia. “New bill aims to protect Okefenokee Swamp from mining”

Feb. 8, 2022. Now Habersham. “Bipartisan Group of Georgia Lawmakers Push Bill to Prevent Okefenokee Mining”

Feb. 7, 2022. Coastal Courier. “Okefenokee Swamp Day To Be Proclaimed at Georgia Capitol”

Feb. 7, 2022. Environment America. “Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge receives welcome news on mining damage threat”

Feb. 5, 2022. Savannah Morning News. “Company with DuPont ties vows not to mine titanium near Okefenokee Swamp”

Feb. 5, 2022. The Brunswick News. “Industry leader won’t buy titanium from Okefenokee”

Feb. 4, 2022. The Current Georgia. “Chemours Pledges to Avoid Mining Near Okefenokee”

Feb. 4, 2022. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “Titanium giant deals blow to controversial mine near Okefenokee”

Feb. 3, 2022. Capitol Beat. “Chemical company commits to protect Okefenokee from mining”

January 24, 2022. Bloomberg Law. “Army Corps’ Credibility Seen at Stake in Swamp, Mine Legal Fight”

January 14, 2022. AP News. “Tightened Federal Water Protections Won’t Slow Some Projects”

January 7, 2022. Savannah Now.  “Sen. Ossoff calls on EPA, Army Corps to halt titanium mine near Okefenokee Swamp”

January 7, 2022. Brunswick News. “Supreme Courts opens door to new challenge to mining near the Okefenokee”

January 3, 2022. Saporta Report. “Okefenokee Swamp mining proposal could be affected by Supreme Court ruling”

December 15, 2021. GPB. “Environmentalists’ 2021 list of Georgia water problems features old and new issues”

December 9, 2021. The Brunswick News. “Scientists Join to Oppose Mining Near Okefenokee”

December 1, 2021. WABE 90.1. “Scientists Decry Mining Plan Near Okefenokee”

November 20, 2021. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “After Federal Ruling, Okefenokee Mine’s Fate Still Left to Georgia Agency”

November 17, 2021. Valdosta Daily Times. “Valdosta Council Opposes Swamp Mine Plan”

November 16, 2021. The Current Georgia. “Catholic Nuns Pressure Mining Company to Protect Okefenokee”

November 16, 2021. Valdosta Today. “Valdosta Passes Resolution Opposing Strip Mine Near Okefenokee Swamp”

November 15, 2021. Fox 31 WFXL. “The City of Valdosta is Working Together to Protect the Okefenokee Swamp”

November 14, 2021. Johnson City Press. “Valdosta City Council Passes Resolution Opposing Mine Near Okefenokee”

November 12, 2021. Savannah Morning News. “Advocates Call on Chemours to Vow Never to Operate Titanium Mine Near Okefenokee Swamp”

October 26, 2021. GPB. “Former Federal, State Officials Slam Proposed Mine at Swamps ‘Doorstep’

October 25, 2021. Georgia Recorder. “Former Federal, State Officials Slam Proposed Mine at Swamps ‘Doorstep'”

October 22, 2021. The Current. “Okefenokee Mine Project: What is Titanium Used For?

October 7, 2021. Saporta Report. “New video: ‘Sacred Waters: The Okefenokee in Peril’”

October 6, 2021. Georgia Recorder. “Georgia Faith Leaders Appeal to Officials to Spare ‘Sacred’ Okefenokee From Mine”

October 4, 2021. Saporta Report. “Threat of Mining Still Present Near Okefenokee Swamp.”

September 17, 2021. National Geographic. “10 of the Best Backcountry Adventures in the Deep South”

September 11, 2021. Washington Post. “Okefenokee Joe, ‘an amazing old’ alligator named after a Georgia singer, has died”

September 4, 2021. Albany Herald. “Federal Judge’s Ruling Could Stop Proposed Mine Near Okefenokee”

September 3, 2021. Saporta Report. “Okefenokee Swamp: Federal Clean Water Rules May Again Apply to Proposed Mine

September 2, 2021. Brunswick News. “Mining Plans to Get More Scrutiny”

September 1, 2021. Associated Press. “Water Ruling Gives Hope to Opponents of Okefenokee Mine Plan

September 1, 2021. The Current. “Okefenokee Fans Hope Court Ruling on Water Protection Rules Stops Mine.”

August 31, 2021. Bloomberg Law. “Litigation, Confusion to Follow After Overturning of Trump Water Rule

July 11, 2021. Saporta Report. “National Defense Does Not Need Titanium from Okefenokee Swamp, Industry Says”

June 22, 2021. The Current. “Environmentalists Bank on State Regulators to Stop Okefenokee Mine”

June 22, 2021. Georgia Recorder. “Environmentalists Bank on State Regulators to Stop Okefenokee Mine”

June 11, 2021. The Island Packet. “Undoing Trump Rule Won’t Likely Affect Okefenokee Mine Plan

June 9, 2021. Yahoo News. “Biden to Increase Federal Water Protections After Trump’s ‘Destructive Impacts’ to US Waterways”

June 9, 2021. Saporta Report. “Georgia Pays Close Attention to Trail Ridge in Review of Okefenokee Mine Application”

June 9, 2021. Politico. “Biden EPA to Reverse Trump’s Sweeping Clean Water Act Rollback”

June 9, 2021. Orlando Sentinel. “Undoing Trump Rule Won’t Likely Affect Okefenokee Mine Plan Near Georgia-Florida Line”

June 8, 2021. The Tifton Gazette. “Fate of Planned Mine Near Okefenokee Left to Georgia Agency”

June 8, 2021. The Decatur Daily. “Drain the Swamp? Mine Opponents Worry Trump Era Rules Don’t Protect Okefenokee”

May 28, 2021. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “Environmental Groups Ramping Up Opposition to Okefenokee Mining Project

May 24, 2021. Bloomberg Law. “Okefenokee Swamp a Battlefield in Epic Trump Water Rules Fight

May 15, 2021. Savannah Morning News. “Sen. Ossoff Visits Mining-Imperiled Okefenokee Swamp

May 7, 2021. The Brunswick News. “Senators Want Federal Help With Mine Permit”

May 5, 2021. The Brunswick News. “State EPD Says It’s Capable of Handling Mining Permit”

April 29, 2021. Atlanta Intown. “Above the Waterline: Georgia Officials to Determine Fate of Okefenokee”

April 27, 2021. The Brunswick News. “Critics Concerned EPD Lacks Expertise to Rule on Mining Permit.”

April 24, 2021. Fox28 Savannah. “Georgia Governor Won’t Wade into Debate on Okefenokee Mining.”

April 22, 2021. WABE. “State Has Questions About Mining Plan Near Okefenokee.”

April 19, 2021. The Saporta Report. “Earth Day, BP Gulf Oil Spill Observed as New Challenge Emerges at Apalachicola Bay”

April 18, 2021. The Saporta Report. “Earth Day 2021: Hope Springs Eternal, Even with Threat to Okefenokee Swamp”

April 14, 2021. The Saporta Report. “National Spotlight Shines on South River as Example of Environmental Injustice”

April 8, 2021. The Brunswick News. “Opposition Growing to Mining Proposal”

March 29, 2021. The Saporta Report. “Extracting Natural Resources from Natural Wonders: Okefenokee Swamp, Pamlico River”

March 4, 2021. The Brunswick News. “EPD Accepting Comments About Mining Near Swamp”

March 4, 2021. The Hatch. “Could Mining Impact the Okefenokee?”

March 1, 2021. The Georgia Sun. “Will the Biden Administration Halt Mining Near Okefenokee”

March 1, 2021. The Current. Okefenokee lovers still hope state, Biden administration will halt mine”

March 1, 2021. The Georgia Recorder. Okefenokee lovers still hope state, Biden administration will halt mine”

February, 2021. Vice News. “Trump’s Environmental Rollbacks Could Be the End of This Swamp”

December 30, 2020. The Henry Herald.  “Environmental groups ask governor to stop mine near Okefenokee”

December 29, 2020. AJC.  Fight over mining proposal near Okefenokee draws national spotlight”

December 29, 2020. KPVI, “Environmental groups ask governor to stop mine near Okefenokee”

December 22. 2020. GPB. Georgia Environmental Issues Wait In Limbo During Senate Runoff, Presidential Transition”

December 2, 2020. The Charlton County Herald. “Okefenokee Named on Dirty Dozen Report”.

November 25, 2020. The Washington Post. “Trump rule eases effort to strip-mine near Okefenokee Swamp”

November 25, 2020. KPVI. Environmental groups continue fight against strip mine near Okefenokee”

November 25, 2020. The Albany Herald. “Environmental groups continue fight against strip mine near Okefenokee”

November 18, 2020. GPB. “Georgia’s U.S. Senate Runoff Could Determine Fate Of Mine Near Okefenokee”

November 18, 2020. Savannah Morning News.  “Ogeechee River, Okefenokee on Georgia Water Coalition Dirty Dozen List.”

November 12, 2020. NBC News. “Trumps Border Wall, Endangered Ecosystems and Sacred Sites”.

November 5, 2020. Mining.  “Twin Pines Minerals wrestles with green backlash”

November 5, 2020. Public News Service. “Conservationists: Proposed Mining Project Threatens Wildlife Refuge”

October 30, 2020. The Washington Post. “Trump rolled back more than 125 environmental safeguards. Here’s how.”

October 24, 2020. WTOC. “Rule change could allow mining near Okefenokee Swamp”.

October 23, 2020. The Savannah Morning News. “Relaxed rules by the Trump Administration boost mining plan near Okefenokee” by Mary Landers.

October 23, 2020. Our Daily Planet. “Trump Administration OKs Draining the Swamp — The Okefenokee Swamp”.

October 20, 2020. WABE. “Proposed Mine Near Georgia’s Okefenokee Swamp Gets A Major Hurdle Removed” by Molly Samuel.

September 30, 2020. The Brunswick News. “Lawyer alleges fraud in mining permit” by Gordon Jackson.

September 18, 2020. Savannah Morning News. “Business giant near Okefenokee refuge fights back against planned mining”

July 15, 2020. E&E Coalition aims to fend off mining near Okefenokee

July 18, 2020. The Rome News Tribune. CRBI joins national alliance to protect Okefenokee Swamp.

July 18, 2020. KPVI 6. “Groups organize to save Okefenokee Swamp”.

July 15, 2020. The Brunswick News, Alliance formed to block mining plans by Gordon Jackson. Grn and opa

July 15, 2020. Alabama.com. Groups unite to stop Alabama company from mining near Georgia wildlife refuge by Gordon Jackson.

July 14, 2020. Capitol Beat. Coalition of environmental groups fighting proposed titanium mine by Dave Williams.

July 14, 2020. Atlanta Journal Constitution. Conservation groups form coalition to prevent mining at Okefenokee”

June 3, 2020.  The Brunswick News, “Public comment period for mining project generates large response” by Gordon Jackson.

May 28, 2020. Valdosta Daily Times, “Okefenokee, St. Marys among America’s most endangered rivers“.

May 28, 2020. The Saporta Report, “Okefenokee Swamp: More Than 60,000 Public Comments in Period Ending Thursday”, by David Pendered.

May 22, 2020. Aubudon. Proposed Georgia Mine Next To Okefenokee Swamp Raises Alarms.

May 14, 2020. Capitol Beat. “Twin Pines Minerals pitches proposed titanium mine near Okefenokee Swampby Dave Williams.

May 14, 2020. The Brunswick News. Twin Pines presentation dominates public meeting on proposed mine by Gordon Jackson.

May 12, 2020. E&E News.”Planned mine near Okefenokee stirs up ghosts” by James Marshall.

April 22, 2020, Charlton County Herald. “Twin Pines Minerals resubmits application for mining near Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge” by Marla Ogletree.  or click here for pdf

 April 21, 2020. Jacksonville Times.   “Mark Woods: Even during pandemic, Earth Day matters” by Mark Woods.” 

April 21, 2020. Albany Herald, “Okefenokee Swamp, St. Marys River on Most Endangered list”. 

April 18, 2020. The Brunswick News “Public comment period for proposed mining extended” by Gordon Rogers

April 17, 2020, WPXI Pittsburg, “Popular local river named one of the country’s most endangered

April 16 Camden County News “St. Marys River, swamp join list of ‘Most Endangered’ by Jill Helton

April 15, 2020, News 4 Jax, “Mining plan lands Okefenokee, St. Marys on endangered US rivers list

April 15, 2020. Brunswick News “St. Marys River named among nation’s most endangered” by Gordon Jackson.

April 14, 2020. Savannah Business Journal – “Okefenokee Swamp and St. Marys River named Among America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2020

April 14, 2020. “2 largest US rivers top new listing of endangered waterways” by Jim Salter, Associated Press

April 14, 2020. NewsTimes. “2 largest US rivers top new listing of endangered waterways” by Jim Salter

April 14, 2020. Scientific American – “Portions of Mississippi and Missouri Rivers Are Most Endangered in U.S.” by Daniel Cusick

April 14, 2020. Georgia Recorder, “Feds Open Mining Plan to Another Round of Public Comment” by Stanley Dunlap

April 14, 2020. US News & World Report. “Mining Plan Lands Okefenokee on `Endangered’ US Rivers List”

April 14, 2020. New York Times, “2 Largest US Rivers Top New Listing of Endangered Waterways

April 14, 2020. NewsBreak, “Okefenokee named among ’most endangered’ rivers”

April 14, 2020. USA Today, “Upper Mississippi River is the nation’s ‘most endangered river’ of 2020

April 14, 2020, Savannah Morning News. “Okefenokee named among ‘most endangered’ rivers”. by Mary Landers

Apr. 7, 2020. Georgia Recorder, Time running short for public to comment on Okefenokee mining plan

Mar. 31, 2020. AJC, New mining application near Okefenokee proposes ‘demonstration’ project

Mar. 27, 2020 Saporta Report, Army Corps advised smaller footprint from proposed mine near Okefenokee Swamp

Mar. 22, 2020, Saporta Report Okefenokee mining applicant laid off entire staff of 40 at sand mine it’s closing in Fl

Mar. 18, 2020, Brunswick News Twin Pines submits new permit application

Mar. 15, 2020, Saporta Report, Okefenokee Swamp: Valuable sands prompt new attempt to mine along Trail Ridge

Mar. 13, 2020, Star Tribune, New Plan Shrinks Proposed Mine Near Okefenokee Swamp Refuge

Mar. 13, 2020, Associated Press, New plan shrinks proposed mine near Okefenokee Swamp refuge

Mar. 2, 2020, The Brunswick News, Mining opposition crosses state line

Feb. 21, 2020, GPB With Mining Near Okefenokee On Hold, Reactions Are Mixed

Feb. 13, 2020. Albany Herald Study says Charlton County mine won’t harm Okefenokee

Feb. 11, 2020 Georgia Recorder, Environmentalists wary of possible scaled-down Okefenokee mining plan

Feb. 8, 2020. AJC, Mining company withdraws permit application for project near Okefenokee

Feb. 4, 2020. Charlton County Herald. Senator wants closer look at mine project near Okefenokee

Jan. 31, 2020. Bluffton Today. Coastal Georgia senator wants closer look at mine project near Okefenokee Swamp

Jan. 30, 2020. The Brunswick News, Opposition growing against proposed mine near Okefenokee

Dec. 10, 2019. Albany Herald, Groups speak out against proposed titanium mine

Sept. 20, 2019. WTOC 11, EPA weighs in on mining proposal for Okefenokee Swamp

Sept. 19, 2019. Savannah Morning News, Agencies: Application for mining near Okefenokee incomplete

Sept. 9, 2019. Savannah Morning News, For Okefenokee supporters, proposed mine too close to refuge

Sept. 9, 2019. WABE, A Familiar Story, Different Details: The Latest Proposal To Mine The Okefenokee

Sept. 2, 2019. NPR, In Georgia, An Old Mining Fight Resurfaces

Sept. 2, 2019. Atlanta Intown Above the Waterline: The great Okefenokee Swamp is threatened, again

Aug. 28, 2019. The Brunswick News, Getting the aerial perspective on a titanium mining project

Aug. 21, 2019. WCTV. Heavy mining facility proposed near Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge

Aug. 20, 2019. Connect Savannah. Okefenokee in peril

Aug. 20, 2019. Georgia Recorder, Shine more sunlight on plans to mine near treasured Okefenokee

Aug. 20, 2019. Mother Nature Network, Proposal to mine near Okefenokee Swamp raises old fears

Aug. 20, 2019. Georgia Recorder. Meetings last week surface debate: Could mining drain Okefenokee?

Aug. 20, 2019. Saporta Report, Swamp of Dreams: Okefenokee has been plied for riches for over 100 years

Aug 20, 2020. WTOC. https://www.wtoc.com/2019/09/20/draft-add-pdf-epa-weighs-mining-proposal-okefenokee-swamp/

Aug. 19, 2019. WJCL 22, Company says it can safely mine near Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge

Aug. 15, 2019. GPB, Charlton County Backs Proposed Mining Near Okefenokee

Aug. 14, 2019. Savannah Morning News, Company explains its Okefenokee mining plans

Aug. 14, 2019. GPB. 150 Attend Information Session On Mining Near Okefenokee

Aug. 14, 2019. First Coast News. Public concern over proposed titanium strip mine near Okefenokee Wildlife Refuge

Aug. 14, 2019. The Brunswick News Twin Pines explains plans to mine near Okefenokee

https://www.savannahnow.com/news/20190909/for-okefenokee-supporters-proposed-mine-too-close-to-refuge

Aug. 9, 2019. AJC. Mining proposal raises concerns about future of Okefenokee Swamp Okefenokee Adventures/ Chip Campbell

Jul. 22, 2019. The Brunswick News. Okefenokee refuge impact area in several ways W.S. Stuckey, Jr.

Jul. 19, 2019. GPB. Army Corps Extends Comment Deadline On Mining Near Okefenokee Okefenokee Adventures/ Chip Campbell

Jul. 19, 2019. Agency says mining near Okefenokee poses ‘substantial risks’ Associated Press Fish and Wildlife Service

Jul. 16, 2019. First Coast News. Titanium mine proposed near Okefenokee Refuge US Fish and Wildlife Service/ Michael Lusk

Jul. 15, 2019, GPB. Mining Proposed Near Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge Suwannee Riverkeeper/ John Quarterman

Jul. 15, 2019 . Savannah Morning News, “ Strip mining planned next to Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge” US Fish and Wildlife Service/ Michael Lusk.

 

Okefenokee / St Marys River Named Most Endangered River of 2020 & 2023 by American Rivers

American Rivers named the Okefenokee Swamp and St. Marys River as one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2020 and 2023, citing the threat titanium mining would pose to the waterways’ clean water, wetlands and wildlife habitat.

The annual America’s Most Endangered Riversreport is a list of rivers at a crossroads, where key decisions in the coming months will determine the rivers’ fates.

Read the 2023 press release.

Okefenokee’: our rally cry

We have a new rally cry to protect the Okefenokee swamp from the threat of mining!

Rena Ann Peck, executive director of Georgia River Network, is the voice of Georgia rivers in many ways. Rena has lifted her voice in song in her latest attempt to raise the visibility of the Okefenokee Swamp and the threat of mining to the Okefenokee  National Wildlife Refuge – the birthplace of the St. Marys and Suwannee Rivers.

“Okefenokee” was written by Rena Ann Peck, musician Michelle Malone and Jim Woodcox to capture the sounds of the swamp and to further fuel the public outcry in opposition of mining on Okefenokee’s Trail Ridge. “This is my war cry,” Peck says, “Singing it fortifies the fire in my heart to save the wild heart of Georgia, our Okefenokee Swamp.” The song is a war cry and also an old fashioned swamper’s holler, calling out to relatives across the wilderness to respond.⁠

 Listen to a recording of the song by Michelle Malone on  Spotify.

Okefenokee Swamp Listed on the Georgia Water Coalition’s 2019, 2020, 2021 Dirty Dozen List

The Georgia Water Coalition’s Dirty Dozen report highlights the politics, policies and pollution that pose the greatest risks to Georgia’s water and her 10 million citizens.

Read the 2019 report here.
Read the 2020 report here.
Read the 2021 report here.

 

A letter From the Science Community

The science and engineering community has composed and signed a letter about the most-likely effects of a mine near the Okefenokee Swamp. Read the letter here.

 

A Letter from 100+ Faith Leaders

Over 100 Faith Leaders have signed a letter calling on public officials to protect the sacred Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. Read the letter here.