Just above the Florida border, there’s a vast — and famous — swamp: the Okefenokee. It’s more than 400,000 acres of wilderness, with black water, pine and cypress trees, endangered woodpeckers and more.
An Alabama company wants to mine for heavy minerals in Southeast Georgia, about four miles from the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. The proposal from Twin Pines Minerals promises 150-200 jobs. But it’s also raised serious environmental concerns.