After years of battling between environmental groups and federal officials, a federal judge in South Carolina has approved a settlement allowing Savannah's harbor deepening to proceed. The settlement approved by U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel in Charleson allows the project to move forward with additional protections for water quality.
A coastal-area landowner has agreed to restore several square miles of wetlands after he built illegal roads and ditches on them. Glynn County resident Wayne Hutcheson built the roads to access his property better. But he didn't have the state and federal approval that's required any time development affects protected marshes.
Environmental groups are asking a federal appeals court to overturn a judge's ruling that would allow the Navy to build an undersea training range close to waters where endangered right whales give birth each winter off the coasts of south Georgia and north Florida.
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.
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.