Two days of court-ordered mediation were slated to get under way in a federal lawsuit challenging the $650 million deepening of the Savannah River shipping channel. Attorneys for both sides were scheduled to meet today and tomorrow in Charleston in sessions overseen by former South Carolina U.S. Rep. John Spratt.
A federal judge says a South Carolina Supreme Court decision in a dispute over the $650 million deepening of the Savannah River shipping channel may raise new and difficult legal issues that the federal court may have to resolve.
The US Army Corps of Engineers wants to push forward with the Savannah harbor deepening project without South Carolina approval. If the Obama administration grants the exemption it would render moot a South Carolina Supreme Court decision last week.
The South Carolina Supreme Court is set to decide who gets to regulate the Savannah River. The justices will hear arguments Tuesday in a lawsuit filed by environmentalists that say the Savannah River Maritime Commission created by South Carolina lawmakers oversees that state's side of the river.
The South Carolina Supreme Court has agreed to hear a dispute over a state water quality permit for the dredging of the Savannah River shipping channel. The court on Monday said it would take original jurisdiction in the case, meaning the issue does not have to be heard first by lower courts.