Twin Pines Minerals, LLC, the Alabama-based mining company hoping to mine near the Okefenokee Swamp has pulled its application with the Army Corps of Engineers.
In July, Twin Pines applied for a permit to mine for titanium and zirconium through mining over 2,000 acres of Trail Ridge, located outside of the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge.
The business has recently concluded its research on what impacts the operation may have on the swamp and pulled the application late Friday. Based on the information found, the business will resubmit its quest for the permit.
“In an effort to be even more conservative in our approach than we were in our initial application, we have agreed with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to reduce the size of the permit area and resubmit new documentation for further review and evaluation as soon as possible,” said Steve Ingle, president of Twin Pines Minerals.
“We are in the process of developing the information to be included in the revised application and still intend to seek approval to move forward with the mining project in an environmentally responsible way and to providing good paying jobs for the people of Charlton County,”
In the time frame of the public comment period, the Corps received over 22,000 letters, including lesster from prominent environmental organizations.
“I’m glad they have taken a step back from this. It needs to be carefully evaluated because Okefenokee is a precious resource,” said state Sen. William Ligon, R-Brunswick. The senator recently expressed his concerns about the project in a letter to the Corps late last month.
Twin Pines has posted the 91-page research report on the company’s website for anyone who wishes to look over it.
The company has also released a statement regarding the findings, and can be found on page 2.