On Feb. 9, Georgia’s Environmental Protection Division issued draft air, water and surface mining permits to Twin Pines Minerals, LLC to operate an 820-acre mine within three miles of the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. Citizens concerned about the future of the Okefenokee Swamp have until a public comment period closes on April 9 to voice their belief that this mine will harm the swamp and that these permits should not be issued.

Send a comment to Georgia Environmental Protection Division today.  Urge them to deny the permits to mine and protect the Okefenokee. 

The EPD public comment period closed April 9. Thank you for submitting your comment of concern to protect the Okefenokee! At last count, the Environmental Protection Division had received more than 70,000 comments. Southern Environmental Law Center wrote that “(n)o permit application in Georgia history has drawn as much opposition as this one.” More than a quarter million individual comments have been submitted at the state and federal level since the mining project was first proposed in 2018.