Tonight at 7 pm, Georgia Public Broadcasting’s Prime Time Politics will cover “Port Politics.” Bill Sapp of the Southern Environmental Law Center and Andrea Malloy of the Coastal Conservation League are featured on the environmental panel. If you do not receive GPB television in your area, you can watch the program here.
The press panel gives a good indication of where the Georgia press stands, and where they are getting their information. Over and over you will hear the notion that “the environmental impacts can be mitigated” and that this is “backed by science” (Curtis Foltz, GPA.)
It obviously bears repeating because the message is not getting through:
*The United States Fish and Wildlife Service does not believe that the science supports the proposed mitigation for dissolved oxygen.
*The USGS does not believe that the science supports the proposed mitigation for dissolved oxygen.
* The National Marine Fisheries does not believe that the science supports the proposed mitigation for endangered species mitigation.
* The EPA does not believe that the land-side environmental impacts have been adequately addressed.
* The City of Savannah Bureau of Water does not believe that the science supports the models used by the Army Corps of Engineers — and they do not believe that impacts for lead and copper in drinking water have been mitigated.
You can find the full text of the above-referenced comments on the “Agency Comments” page of PortBarrel. In spite of Mr. Foltz’s claim that the project has been “extremely transparent” — you will not find these comments on the Corps website, and the Corps has refused to comply with Freedom of Information Act requests to supply copies of comments to the public.
The environmental concern regarding this project is neither fringe nor divided. The desire to portray such a split is so intense evidently, that the press panel chose to say that the Georgia Conservancy is in disagreement with the Georgia Conservancy. It is nice when we don’t have to work too hard to make the case that some members of the media are uninformed.