Okefenokee Swamp

Alabama-based mining company Twin Pines Minerals, LLC. and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reached an out-of-court settlement Monday, August 22 in regards to the potential heavy mineral sands mine in Charlton County, according to a press release from Twin Pines Minerals.

In the settlement, the Corps of Engineers essentially agreed to rescind the June 3 memorandum released by Asst. Secretary of the Army (CivilWorks) Michael Connor who noted that back in January 2021, President Joe Biden reaffirmed the Federal government’s commitment to consult with Tribal Nations as a means to strengthen relationships. For Charlton County, that would mean consulting with the Muscogee (Creek) Nation for its ties in the Okefenokee Swamp.