Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge

Emily Jones

The Charlton County Commission Thursday evening unanimously voted to support the proposal to mine for heavy minerals near the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. 


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Close to 150 people turned out Tuesday night for an information session on the proposed Twin Pines Minerals mine near the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge.


Gov. Brian Kemp’s administration is investigating after a Georgia Health News and WebMD report alleged airborne toxins are in Cobb County. Local officials and the company are also responding. Get an update from GPB’s Ross Terrell.

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 to 200 jobs, but it’s also raised serious environmental concerns. On Second Thought hears about the issue.


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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.


SAS-2018-00554 Twin Pines Minerals Standard Permit Application

The Army Corps of Engineers is extending the deadline for public comments on a proposal to mine for minerals near the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge.

The new deadline is Sept. 12, an additional 30 days from the original deadline of Aug. 13.

SAS-2018-00554 Twin Pines Minerals Standard Permit Application

A company from Alabama wants to mine for heavy minerals in South Georgia, near the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. The Army Corps of Engineers is taking comment from the public now. GPB host Rickey Bevington spoke with reporter Emily Jones about the proposal.


SAS-2018-00554 Twin Pines Minerals Standard Permit Application

An Alabama company wants to mine for heavy minerals near the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge in southeast Georgia.

 

The proposal from Twin Pines Minerals called for mining on more than 2,414 acres of land in Charlton County. The land is home to gopher tortoises and frogs, which are endangered, but Twin Pines said it'll move them.

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Visitors to the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge may hear blasts among the bird calls over the next few weeks. 

Vast Georgia Wildfire Almost Out After Days Of Soaking Rain

Jun 12, 2017
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A wildfire that burned vast acreage and at one point threatened hundreds of homes near the Georgia-Florida state line has been nearly extinguished after steady rains soaked the Okefenokee Swamp over the past week.

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The wildfire in the Okefenokee Swamp has been raging for nearly two months, burning more than 152,000 acres near the Florida-Georgia line and sending dark smoke across the region. Now, new research shows that smoke could have a bigger effect on the climate than previously thought. Georgia Tech Professor Rodney Weber says it all comes down to a different type of carbon emissions - called brown carbon.

Crews Working To Box In Wildfire Near Georgia-Florida Line

May 10, 2017
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Ground crews with plows and bulldozers are working to box in a wildfire threatening small communities at the edge of the Okefenokee Swamp in southeast Georgia.

Fire officials said in a news release Wednesday the vast fire near the Georgia-Florida state line has charred more than 220 square miles since April 6. Most of that acreage is on public land within the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge.

UPDATE: Giant Air Tanker To Attack Vast Georgia Wildfire

May 9, 2017
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The latest on a vast wildfire threatening communities near the Georgia-Florida state line.

Wildfire On US Refuge Doubles In Size In Less Than A Week

Apr 27, 2017
Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge

A wildfire on public lands near the Georgia-Florida state line has blackened 115 square miles after doubling in size within a few days, officials said Wednesday.

Sustained winds up to 8 mph were expected to keep pushing flames Thursday into areas of swamp parched by drought inside the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, where a lightning strike sparked the blaze April 6.

Growing Wildfire In Okefenokee Refuge Exceeds 90 Sq. Miles

Apr 26, 2017
OKEFENOKEE NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE

Officials say a wildfire on public lands near the Georgia-Florida state line has burned more than 90 square miles (233 sq. kilometers) as winds spread the flames through dry areas of the Okefenokee Swamp.

A news release by the firefighting command team said the overall area of the blaze grew more than 22 percent between Monday and Tuesday. So far, nearly all of the burned acreage has been confined to the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge in southeast Georgia and the neighboring Osceola National Forest and John M. Bethea State Forest in Florida.

Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge

An immense wildfire continues to burn across 19,000 acres on the Georgia-Florida state line. The West Mims Fire was ignited by a lightning strike on April 6, and firefighters from Georgia and Florida have been working to contain it since.