A federal judge says the Navy can build a $100 million offshore training range for submarine warfare despite environmentalists' concerns that it would threaten endangered right whales. A US District Judge ruled the Navy took a "hard look" before concluding risks to whales would be minimal off the coast of southern Georgia and northern Florida.
The Georgia Ports Authority wants to enter a federal lawsuit challenging the $650 million deepening of the Savannah River shipping channel. The authority also wants to block the Savannah River Maritime Commission, a South Carolina state agency, from being involved in the case.
A federal appeals court has upheld a federal district court decision dismissing a lawsuit that claimed Georgia's law banning guns in churches and other places of worship violates constitutional rights to freedom of religion and bearing arms.
Conservation groups in two states say the Army Corps of Engineers needs a South Carolina pollution permit now, not later, for the $650 million deepening of the Savannah River shipping channel. Attorneys late Tuesday filed a response to a corps request that a federal judge dismiss their lawsuit against the project.
Officials are saying that recent numbers show trends in the age and economic impact of Savannah's visitors. The average age of a visitor in now in the early to mid-40's, while the average amount of money spent per party during an overnight stay is $507.
A bald eagle unable to take wing has found a permanent home at Georgia Southern University. Franklin, a 6-pound bird, will join two other bald eagles now at the university's Center for Wildlife Education. The bird was found running in woods near Tallahassee, Fla., with a fractured wing and other damage. A veterinarian was unable to fix the injuries, meaning the bird cannot fly.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers wants a federal judge to toss a lawsuit that says a $650 million deepening of the Savannah River shipping channel needs a South Carolina pollution permit. The Georgia ports want the channel deepened to handle larger ships that will call when the Panama Canal is deepened. Conservation groups on both sides of the river have sued.
The Interior Department is moving toward allowing studies in the Atlantic Ocean that could ultimately result in offshore drilling. A programmatic environmental impact statement on seismic testing was released Wednesday. The testing would be used to determine how much oil and natural gas is available and where the best places to drill would be
The board voted 11-6 on Tuesday to approve acquiring land it now leases in Houston County from Oaky Woods Properties LLC. Several board members objected to the cost of the deal. Biologists estimate that the land supports roughly 300 black bears, the third-largest population in the state.