Twin Pines Minerals is pressing on with its plans to build a massive heavy minerals (titanium and zirconium) sand mine next to the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge and Wilderness in southern Georgia. Their latest proposal asks the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (GA EPD) to grant five permits needed to excavate heavy minerals used in the production of titanium dioxide, a pigment used to whiten paper, paint, and food products.
The Okefenokee Wilderness is one of the largest Wildernesses in the east, covering 353,981 out of the Refuge’s 440,000 acres. The Okefenokee is recognized worldwide as a Wetland of International Importance and a Dark Sky Park. If the mine is approved, Wilderness values like solitude, silence, and remoteness could be lost.
Please take action today to keep the Okefenokee wild!
Twin Pines Minerals wants to mine 12,000 acres of Trail Ridge, a prehistoric sand dune that helped create and now forms the eastern border of the Okefenokee Refuge and Wilderness. Among the concerns of mining so close to the Wilderness is that hydrologic and water quality changes will damage the Okefenokee, which is one of the world’s largest still intact blackwater swamp ecosystems, and the St. Marys and Suwannee Rivers that flow from its beautiful, placid waters. The mine would destroy over 370 acres of wetlands, pump over a million gallons a day of fresh groundwater, discharge pollutants into the air and waste into the St. Marys River basin, and cast noise and light pollution over the Refuge.
If all this weren’t reason enough to reject this mine, it’s worth noting that Twin Pines has a bad track record throughout the Southeast, where the company and their associates have caused major environmental problems in the communities where they are operating and have provided regulators with misleading information. They must not be allowed to destroy the unique Okefenokee Wilderness and National Wildlife Refuge.
We need your help to stop this mine next to the Okefenokee Wilderness and National Wildlife Refuge! Urge the Georgia Environmental Protection Division to deny the Twin Pines mining permit. Please consider personalizing your message. Thank you.
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