In case you had any doubt we’re in serious drought conditions, here’s a PR from GA EPD of 30 July 2012 suspending new agricultural water permits in numerous southwest Georgia counties, as close as Colquitt County, which adjoins Lowndes County.
The Director of the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) has announced that consideration of new applications for agricultural water withdrawal permits in a 24county area ofsouthwest Georgia will be suspended. The suspension takes effect immediately, but does not apply to applications EPD has already received as of this date.
The country’s longest-running campaign against construction of a new
coal plant ended today as LS Power, a New Jersey-based power company,
announced that it will cancel plans to build the Longleaf Energy Station
in Blakely, GA. Sierra Club, Friends of the Chattahoochee and GreenLaw
have been organizing against the Longleaf coal plant since it was first
proposed in 2001. This victory comes as part of a legal agreement between
LS Power and Sierra Club.
This victory marks the 160th proposed coal plant canceled since
Sierra Club launched its Beyond Coal campaign in 2005. This victory is
particularly noteworthy because the struggle lasted for a decade and
involved numerous hearings and appeals, and sustained local opposition by
hundreds of Georgia residents. Longleaf was one of the very first plants
proposed when, in 2001, the coal industry attempted to block clean energy
development by building more than 150 new coal plants across the US,
a move which would have effectively locked the nation into dependence
on coal-fired electricity for the foreseeable future. Longleaf was one
of the last remaining new coal projects proposed anywhere in the United
States, counting 160 proposals that have now been defeated or abandoned
in the past decade.
Several times over the past decade it looked like LS Power would move