Local environmental groups encourage public comment on the local Spaceport Camden Project and its impact on the coastline and environment of Camden and Glynn counties.
One active group, One Hundred Miles whose mission is to preserve, protect, and enhance Georgia’s 100-mile coast expressed their concerns to the public over the impact of the Spaceport, while outlining their analysis of the Environmental Impact Statement released by the FAA for the proposed spaceport. Megan Desrosiers, President/CEO stated:
“Camden County wants to build a commercial spaceport at the mouth of St. Andrews Sound and just inland of Cumberland Island National Seashore—putting our people, industry, and wildlife at risk.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released a draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed spaceport. One Hundred Miles staff and lawyers have analyzed the EIS and are gravely concerned about the impacts this project will have on our coast.
According to the draft EIS, the vehicles to be launched from Spaceport Camden experience failure rates of 2.5%-6%. Failures typically occur at the launch pad or soon after ignition on liftoff. This puts neighboring people and properties on the mainland in Camden County and on Little Cumberland and Cumberland Islands in grave danger. With this failure rate and 24 launches and landings per year, it is reasonable to expect one to three rocket failures every two years.
The Spaceport Camden draft EIS does not adequately reveal the extent to which closures would affect Georgia’s coast. A 12-mile wide hazard area here in Georgia would result in the closure of most of Cumberland Island, private property on the mainland in Camden County, shipping channels used by the Brunswick Port, US Navy, and commercial and recreational fishermen, portions of Jekyll Island and Crooked River State Park, and would impact many others who depend on safe access to private and public property, airspace, and our ocean.
Make your voice heard about this dangerous proposal:
1. Attend a public meeting: Wednesday, April 11 and Thursday, April 12 from 5:30 – 8:30 pm at the Camden County Public Service Authority Recreation Center Community Room, 1050 Wildcat Drive, Kingsland, Georgia 31548
2. Ask the Federal Aviation Administration to extend the comment period. The FAA is currently taking comments until May 17. Because of the complex nature of the project, request that they extend the comment period to 180 days.
3. Members Only: Attend our Spaceport Webinar: OHM, the National Parks Conservation Association, and the Georgia Wildlife Federation will host a one-hour issue webinar on the proposed spaceport on April 24 at 12:00 pm. Participation in this live webinar is limited to the members of these organizations. (Not a current member? Join OHM today and receive insider’s information about our coast all year round!)
4. Camden Residents: Email your county commissioners. Let them know that Spaceport Camden is a threat to Georgia’s coast—and not worth the risk to our resources, tourism industry, wildlife, and quality of life.
Send us Mail: Post Office Box 2056, Brunswick, Georgia 31521
Stop By: 1312 Newcastle Street, Brunswick, Georgia 31520 (Brunswick Office) 2424 Drayton Street, Unit B, Savannah, GA 31401 (Savannah Office)
Call Us: (912) 264-4111
Learn more and get involved: www.OneHundredMiles.org
We’re thankful for all you do for our coast.”
A response by John Simpson, the Spokesperson from Spaceport Camden stated,
“100 Miles has been a member of the Environmental Steering Committee since it was formed. If they have concerns about the draft EIS they have an excellent opportunity to voice those concerns as the steering committee complies and submits concerns to the FAA.”
Environmental groups including 100 Miles have been part of a committee to give recommendations to Spaceport Camden and they are currently meeting now to discuss these recommendations.
According to a Press Release by Camden County Board of County Commissioners and Spaceport Camden public review and comments will be taken through May 7, 2018. The two public hearings by the FAA in Camden County on April 11 and 12 to present the findings from the draft EIS and to receive public comments that was referenced by 100 Miles in their letter above will include an open house and poster session, FAA presentation, and formal public comment period.