Warnock And Ossoff Weigh In On Mine Proposal Near Okefenokee

Aerial view of wetlands in Okefenokee. Credit Wikimedia Commons

Elections matter folks.

Georgia’s new U.S. senators are asking the federal government to get involved in reviewing a controversial proposed mine near the Okefenokee Swamp.  A reduction in Federal regulatory oversight under the Trump Administration leaves the decision-making process in hands of state and local officials.

Sens. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff sent a letter this week to Martha Williams, deputy director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, who is a Biden administration appointee. Sens. Tom Carper, D-Del., and Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., also signed the letter.

Environmentalists are concerned the mine, being developed by a company called Twin Pines Minerals, could affect the water levels in the Okefenokee Swamp. They’re also concerned that though the proposed mine has already been scaled down, the project could eventually expand closer to the swamp and open the door for other similar mining operations in the area.

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