A bill under consideration by state lawmakers would prevent farmers from withdrawing some water from the Flint River basin during severe drought. Opponents say the bill would permit government overreach, and threaten individual property rights. But the bill’s supporters say it would be in effect during extreme weather conditions only, and would pertain only to water from augmented stream flows.
The U.S. House voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to authorize spending for the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project. State officials hailed the vote as a major breakthrough for the state's top federal priority. But some opponents still say the nearly $700 million dollar project is far from a done deal.
John Muir is considered one of the environmental movement's founding fathers. He's most celebrated for his work in the West. But if it weren't for a trip to the South, he might not have gone west. He developed some of his core ideas in Savannah.
Tuesday is the deadline for public comments in a plan to deepen Savannah's harbor from 42 to 47 feet. Supporters and opponents of the project have been picking over the massive proposal and have different conclusions for federal officials who'll make a final yes-or-no decision later this year. The US Army Corps of Engineers spent 14 years studying plans to deepen the Savannah harbor.
A coalition of Electric Membership Cooperatives is pulling out of Plant Ben Hill in South Georgia. However, the coalition has reached an agreement with their environmental group opponents on Plant Washington in Middle Georgia. Both plants have been a font of litigation since their inception.
There's no good route for trucks carrying liquefied natural gas through Savannah. That's the conclusion of a safety consultant hired to review a trucking proposal. Houston-based El Paso Corporation wants to put up to 58 trucks a day on Savannah roads.