Five OSFR members, all riparian landowners, four of whom were board members, made the trip to Folkston, Georgia on Tuesday, August 13, to give input to Twin Pines Minerals, who wants a permit to mine titanium at the headwaters of the Suwannee River.
The purpose of the meeting was for Twin Pines to educate and inform the public about their intentions regarding the mine.
And, one would assume, listen to the concerns of interested and potentially-affected public.
The following description is by Mark Lyons, veteran and experienced mine opponent:
This event was like a 5th grade science fair except that 5th grade teachers probably would have had better answers than we received yesterday. I’ve never heard so many– probably, maybe, could, possibly, might, I’m not sure, you need to ask so ‘n so. Nothing like consulting firm employees who sit in an office all day and have never mined answering ‘mining’ questions!
We could add an “I don’t know,” answer we got several times.
The story gets worse: reports were that the Charleton BOCC on Thursday evening allowed no public comment other than local residents, and that was after the vote was taken.
Even more, Twin Pines are currently operating with Chemours in Bradford County, and have been cited for violation. Among those were operating with no permit, and dumping waste on wetlands.
It is also reported that the mine was given the go-ahead with no Environmental Impact Statement.
Comments by OSFR historian Jim Tatum.
-A river is like a life: once taken, it cannot be brought back-