Commercial Spaceport Proposal Threatens Cumberland Island Wilderness!
Your Comments Are Needed by June 14th
In March, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for a commercial rocket launching facility called Spaceport Camden along the coast of southern Georgia.
The preferred alternative in this DEIS allows for 36 tests and 12 commercial rocket launches every year over Cumberland Island’s north end — the location of Cumberland Island Wilderness, which Wilderness Watch has worked to protect for many years.
Cumberland is the largest barrier island Wilderness in the East and a designated international biosphere reserve.
Camden County’s spaceport would have huge negative impacts on the Wilderness as well as the seashore, wildlife, and the area’s many visitors. The launches would shatter the area’s natural sounds, stress native wildlife including threatened and endangered species, create major safety concerns from rocket fuel and ignited debris falling from exploding rockets, and could force the Park Service to close and evacuate the Wilderness and National Seashore multiple times per year. (The preferred alternative allows closures of up to 12 hours per each of the 12 launch days per year, plus up to three hours for each of the 36 tests allowed per year.)
Clearly, the intrusion, noise, trash, and other impacts pose a major threat to the wilderness character of the Cumberland Island Wilderness and surrounding area. The FAA needs to reject Camden County’s ill-advised rocket launch site near Cumberland.
Please send comments by June 14 to the Federal Aviation Administration to protect the Cumberland Island Wilderness!
Tell the FAA to reject Camden County’s ill-advised rocket launch site near the Cumberland Island Wilderness!
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