Energy & Environment

Time running out for public to weigh in on Okefenokee area mining plan

BY: - September 11, 2019

A proposed mining operation near the Okefenokee Swamp is sparking a great deal of interest with thousands of organizations and people sounding off on the plan ahead of tomorrow’s public comment deadline. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers logged more than 12,000 public comments on the Twin Pines Minerals’ application to conduct deep-surface mining along […]

More transparency called for in Georgia Power coal ash cleanup

BY: - September 6, 2019

Georgia Power’s request for customer rate increases starting next year includes $525 million through 2022 to clean up potentially toxic coal ash ponds, a remediation process environmentalists say needs more transparency. The state’s largest electricity provider is preparing to plead its case to state regulators for a three-year overall rate hike of $2.2 billion. That […]

Coastal Georgians getting acclimated to hurricane emergency declarations

BY: - August 30, 2019

Gov. Brian Kemp declared a state of emergency Thursday afternoon for 12 coastal Georgia counties as Hurricane Dorian loomed to the south in the Atlantic Ocean, the first time he’s issued such an executive order since he took office in January. Several hours later, Ken Jacobsen exuded calm before the forecast storm as he spoke […]

Georgia Power rate hike push to get public airing starting next month

BY: - August 26, 2019

Business interests and consumer watchdog organizations are keeping a wary eye on Georgia Power’s push to sharply increase its customers’ cost of electricity over the next three years. They can weigh in on the proposed three-year, $2.2 billion rate hike during this fall’s Georgia Public Service Commission hearings to consider the rate case that begins […]

South Ga. judge blocks Obama-era policy to curtail water pollution

BY: - August 23, 2019

A ruling from a federal judge in south Georgia will continue to thwart a proposal to pinpoint which waterways are subject to federal oversight, marking what may be the final round of the fight over President Barack Obama’s signature water initiative. The Obama administration’s proposal found rocky waters from the start in 2015, encountering immediate […]

Coal ash monitoring switch from feds to state could limit transparency

BY: - August 22, 2019

Jesup newspaper publisher Dink NeSmith has churned out 101 opinion columns and 103 editorial cartoons on the subject of coal ash in Georgia since January of 2016, when word first got out that a South Carolina subsidiary of the waste company Republic Services planned to haul up to 10,000 tons of the toxic substance daily […]

COMMENTARY

Shine more sunlight on plans to mine near treasured Okefenokee

BY: - August 20, 2019

It’s not surprising that the Charlton County Commission late last week passed a non-binding resolution to endorse a mining company’s plan to dig little more than a couple of miles from the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. But state and federal officials with oversight responsibility for protecting Georgia’s unique and precious natural areas should be more […]

Meetings last week surface debate: Could mining drain Okefenokee?

BY: - August 20, 2019

A key dispute emerged from last week’s South Georgia meetings to learn more details of a company’s plans to mine near the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. Some environmental group members at the meetings hosted by Twin Pines Minerals say that the Trail Ridge site of the proposed mining acts as a natural dam to the […]

Folkston Okefenokee mine hearing draws protest, skeptics

BY: - August 14, 2019

FOLKSTON, Ga. — A group of protesters arrived here Tuesday from across Georgia, nearby Florida and as far away as North Carolina to voice opposition to a proposed mine near the nationally treasured Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. The protesters gathered outside a meeting hosted by Twin Pines Minerals, the Alabama company seeking to mine sand […]

Former Sandy Springs lawmaker chairs board overseeing Jekyll

BY: - August 14, 2019

Amid boom times for Jekyll Island, a former state lawmaker has been tapped as the new board chair for the state agency charged with managing the island.  Joe Wilkinson, a 16-year Republican state representative from Sandy Springs, was appointed board chairman for the Jekyll Island State Park Authority by Gov. Brian Kemp in July. His […]

Okefenokee mining proposal gets Folkston hearing Tuesday night

BY: - August 13, 2019

The Georgia Recorder will report from South Georgia this week on reactions from the community, environmental groups and mining company officials on plans to extract materials for titanium manufacturing near the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. The first of two public meetings this week is set for Tuesday night in southeast Georgia when Twin Pines Minerals […]

State carbon emissions down, renewable sources rising

BY: - August 9, 2019

Carbon emissions are down across the southeastern United States, including Georgia, driven by a declining appetite among consumers to use electricity amid a growing demand for more renewable sources like solar power, according to a report by the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy. However, the decreasing trend in electricity consumption may not translate to power […]