Special thank you to Michaele Duke with The News- Kingstree for reporting on this prosposed limestone mine on the Black River and Murray Swamp. Read more here:“The Corps has a statutory duty to ensure that any activity it authorizes is not likely to impact protected species or critical habitat but it is impossible to satisfy this obligation without consideration of the full range of potential impacts, which the Corps has failed to do here at the most basic level,” said White. Other agencies listed in the notice are the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and National Marine Fisheries Service."
"According to the notice, the Corps of Engineers issued federal approval under a Nationwide Permit based on the claim that the mine project would only involve impacts to 0.394 acres of wetlands and that it would have “no effect” on any federally threatened or endangered species. The group argues the Corps’ decision is seriously flawed because of its failure to consider protected species and critical habitat, notably the federally endangered Atlantic sturgeon and the Black River, as well as its failure to fulfill other mandatory obligations under the ESA, which are designed to protect species and their habitats."