Whereas the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project (SHEP) represents a significant investment of taxpayer money on both the federal and state level and
Whereas the existing studies did not consider whether there are more cost effective and less environmentally damaging alternatives to this proposal and
Whereas the proposed SHEP poses significant threats to drinking water supplies that have not been sufficiently evaluated nor fully mitigated and
Whereas SHEP will result in significant harm to resources of national importance, including the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge and
Whereas the Army Corps of Engineers claims that business in the Port of Savannah will be the same with or without this project
We urge that a regional port analysis be conducted to establish both the economic necessity of port expansion to 48 feet in the Savannah Harbor, and to establish that deepening an alternative port location would not be more cost effective and less harmful to the environment. Barring this more fiscally responsible analysis, we oppose the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project as proposed in the November 2010 Draft Environmental Impact Statement and General Reevaluation Report.
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