S.C. high court to rule on Savannah port deepening

From the Associated Press:

CHARLESTON, S.C. — The South Carolina Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear a dispute over a permit for a $600 million deepening of the Savannah River shipping channel.

Proponents say the deepening is needed so Georgia ports can handle larger ships that will be calling when the Panama Canal is widened in two years.

A lawsuit filed last month contends that the water quality certification approved by the board of the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control is illegal. That’s because five years ago, lawmakers gave authority over river dredging decisions to the state’s Savannah River Maritime Commission, the lawsuit says.

The suit was brought by the Southern Environmental Law Center on behalf of the Savannah Riverkeeper, based in Augusta, Ga., the South Carolina Coastal Conservation League, the South Carolina Wildlife Federation and the Conservation Voters of South Carolina.

The groups contend that deepening the channel will harm wetlands on the South Carolina side of the river, including the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge and the creatures that live there.

In a brief order issued Monday, the high court agreed to take original jurisdiction in the case; that means the justices will hear arguments without the case first winding through the lower courts. DHEC officials said earlier they did not oppose the case going straight to the high court. The order sets out a schedule for filing papers in the case.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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22 comments Add your comment

Aaron Burr V Mexico

April 9th, 2012
5:28 pm

Puritanism = The morbid fear that someone, somewhere, is having a good time.

Conservatism = The morbid fear that someone, somewhere, is enjoying the benefits of civilization.

Centrist

April 9th, 2012
5:37 pm

Slow political news without the legislature in session, Gingrich done for, and Santorum either about to be embarrassed in PA, or drops out this week.

Even the Peach Pundit had to do something more on the has-been, non-college educated, double booted Karen Handel. Expect more of the same lame stuff (not anybody’s fault) until after Labor Day, unless you like boring political conventions. The media will certainly hate Romney’s pick for VP, so at least that will be grist for the liberal mill.

Don't You Believe It

April 9th, 2012
6:21 pm

@Not Centrist = Romney is a living Gaff machine. It won’t be that slow ‘tall until then. We’ve got ReturnsGate plus when the Supreme Court ignores hundreds of years of precident and nukes the ACA things will really heat up.

Oh, and we’re likely to see Israel attack Iran in about 6-7 weeks.

No, it won’t be slow…AT ALL.

ld

April 9th, 2012
6:26 pm

Given the difference in amount of coastline, it sounds like SC likes its advantage may want to forestall competition from a neighboring state.

Metro Coach

April 9th, 2012
8:58 pm

Explain that “hundreds of years of precedent” comment. You’ll have a hard time doing it though, since its an out right lie.

David Granger

April 9th, 2012
9:12 pm

Hmmm…let’s see.
If the SC Supreme Court allows the deepening of the channel, then Savannah will be able to compete with Charleston as a deep water port for the larger ships.
If the SC Supreme Court does NOT allow the deepening of the channel, then Charleston will NOT have to compete with Savannah.
Gee…I wonder which way they will rule?

td

April 9th, 2012
11:06 pm

Georgia does not have a leader. Back in the day, Tom Murphy deepened our ports. My kind voted him out. We are screwed.

Aaron Burr V Mexico

April 9th, 2012
11:36 pm

I can prove more of course, but I’ll do one just to show you’ll ignore any evidence.

http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/judicial/story/2012-03-19/health-care-george-washington/53677358/1

The lies are told by Republicans.

The truth is that the court doesn’t go by ‘precedent’ but by politics, just like congress, and since there is nothing *IN* the constitution about allowing them to interpret laws, once they repeal the ACA, congress should pass a law taking away their power to interpret the constitution and the president should sign an executive order to that effect.

Because they, like the US senate, will have lost its legitimacy.

Proving the Constitution is only a worthless piece of paper, useful only as propaganda for the Born Again South…ironic, really, coming from the descendants of slavers and traitors that they use the ‘holy’ constitution as their own political tool.

Jim

April 9th, 2012
11:41 pm

Td is back baby!

Aaron Burr V Mexico

April 9th, 2012
11:42 pm

Both of him.

nomaj

April 10th, 2012
2:38 am

Tom Murphy was an old style, heavy-handed, reasonably honest politician, a conservative Democrat – a now extinct species, done in by the times – and a man who typically wielded power for the greater good.

Now in the State of Georgia, political power is wielded by the shameless and venal Don Balfour and his cronies, who conduct themselves in the new style GA GOP manner of grabbing what you can for yourself and your friends. Just call your enemies liberals and hope the sheeple will buy it.

findog

April 10th, 2012
7:18 am

This is why we need a strong central government.
This waste of tax payer money, and court availability, is solely to keep second class parity between the ports of Georgia and South Carolina.
This needs to go to federal judge to be adjudicated.
Ponder this: why do four of our five neighbors keep fighting Georgia about water?
PS: vot no on the TSPLOST

findog

April 10th, 2012
7:25 am

David,
Charleston will not be ready to start dredging for 6-10 years
And then only after running the gauntlet of legal challenges Savannah is currently in the midst of…
What will be really funny is how the Carolinian’s will be singing a different tune about environmental impacts when they step up to the federal trough for their transportation investments

I propose that whichever state will pay for their own improvements is allowed to proceed
Vote NO

howardn

April 10th, 2012
7:32 am

The short nosed sturgeon is an endangerd species, with deep water dredging it could become extinct. My suggestion is to harvest sturgeon eggs and deep freeze them in case the unlikely scenario of deepening the harbor kills the sturgeon[short nosed]. Of a more ominous possiblity, contaminating ground water that provides drinking water for 1,000,000 people, this should be tested out for veracity.
A deep water port could put Georgia in the forefront of the great industrial exporting/importing areas of the world.
It could all be paid for by casino gambling and riverboat gambling. Donald Trump could come down and make an offer that would be too good to let go. Although there may be other avenues.

honested

April 10th, 2012
8:22 am

howardn,

There you go bringing in common sense.
In the meantime, our former governor is waiting in the wings to put his new trucking contract to work, so that none of his relatives ever have to work again.
And we Georgians get to pay for it.

What a country.

Don Abernethy

April 10th, 2012
8:51 am

South Carolina controls Georgia,s part of the Savannah river and Alabama and Florida control Georgia’s Lake Lanier. WHAT IS GOING ON ???

Aaron Burr V Mexico

April 10th, 2012
9:55 am

Georgia is easy to control, because it is dumb.

D man

April 10th, 2012
10:10 am

My view on Obama;
Respect the Office? Yes.
Respect the Man in the Office? No, I am sorry to say.
I have noted that many elected officials, both Democrats and Republicans, called upon America to unite behind Obama.
Well, I want to make it clear to all who will listen that I AM NOT uniting behind Obama!
I will respect the Office which he holds, and I will acknowledge his abilities as an orator and wordsmith and pray for him, BUT that is it.
I have begun today to see what I can do to make sure that he is a one-term President!
Why am I doing this?
It is because: – I do not share Obama’s vision or value system for America ;
- I do not share his Abortion beliefs;
- I do not share his radical Marxist’s concept of re-distributing wealth;
- I do not share his stated views on raising taxes on those who make$150,000+ (the ceiling has been changed three times since August);
- I do not share his view that America is Arrogant;
- I do not share his view that America is not a Judeo-Christian Nation;
- I do not share his view that the military should be reduced by 25%;
- I do not share his view of amnesty and giving more to illegals than our American Citizens who need help;
- I do not share his views on homosexuality and his definition of marriage;
- I do not share his views that Radical Islam is our friend and Israel is our enemy who should give up any land;
- I do not share his spiritual beliefs (at least the ones he has made public);
- I do not share his beliefs on how to re-work the healthcare system in America;
- I do not share his Strategic views of the Middle East; and
- I certainly do not share his plan to sit down with terrorist regimes such as Iran.
Bottom line: my America is vastly different from Obama’s, and I have a higher obligation to my Country and my GOD to do what is Right!
For eight (8) years, the Liberals in our Society, led by numerous entertainers who would have no platform and no real credibility but for their celebrity status, have attacked President Bush, his family, and his spiritual beliefs!
They have not moved toward the center in their beliefs and their philosophies, and they never came together nor compromised their personal beliefs for the betterment of our Country!
They have portrayed my America as a land where everything is tolerated except being intolerant!
They have been a vocal and irreverent minority for years!
They have mocked and attacked the very core values so important to the founding and growth of our Country!
They have made every effort to remove the name of GOD or Jesus Christ from our Society!
They have challenged capital punishment, the right to bear firearms, and the most basic principles of our criminal code!
They have attacked one of the most fundamental of all Freedoms, the right of free speech!
Unite behind Obama? Never!
I am sure many of you who read this think that I am going overboard, but I refuse to retreat one more inch in favor of those whom I believe are the embodiment of Evil!
PRESIDENT BUSH made many mistakes during his Presidency, and I am not sure how history will judge him. However, I believe that he weighed his decisions in light of the long established Judeo-Christian principles of our Founding Fathers!!!
Majority rules in America, and I will honor the concept; however, I will fight with all of my power to be a voice in opposition to Obama and his “goals for America …”
I am going to be a thorn in the side of those who, if left unchecked, will destroy our Country! Any more compromise is more defeat!
I pray that the results of this election will wake up many who have sat on the sidelines and allowed the Socialist-Marxist anti-GOD crowd to slowly change so much of what has been good in America!
GOD bless you and GOD bless our Country!

Aaron Burr V Mexico

April 10th, 2012
10:23 am

@DMan Tolstoy

Let us address your statement piece by piece shall we?

“My view on Obama;
Respect the Office? Yes.”

FANTASTIC attitude. I agree with you. Now how do you do that? Please cite specific examples of how you respect the office and not the man.

“Respect the Man in the Office? No, I am sorry to say.”

You’re entitled to that. I feel the same way. Of course, many SAY that, but don’t mean they actually respect the office while a man they disrespect is in it.

“I have noted that many elected officials, both Democrats and Republicans, called upon America to unite behind Obama. Well, I want to make it clear to all who will listen that I AM NOT uniting behind Obama!”

Oh? Do tell.

“I will respect the Office which he holds, and I will acknowledge his abilities as an orator and wordsmith and pray for him, BUT that is it.”

So, you respect his office but you’re going to ignore his authority to enact decisions…which means you do NOT respect the office or the oppositions right to elect politicians, thus making you a typical republican and therefore an idiot.

“I have begun today to see what I can do to make sure that he is a one-term President! Why am I doing this?”

Because you might be a racist if you defended Trayvon’s shooter? Yeah, I know it hurts to hear that but you’re the ones that keep providing the ammo.

(Let’s break this into multiple messages shall we?)

Aaron Burr V Mexico

April 10th, 2012
10:38 am

@DMan Tolsty Part 3

“They have made every effort to remove the name of GOD or Jesus Christ from our Society!”
You don’t worship God or Christ. You worship Mammon.

“They have challenged capital punishment, the right to bear firearms, and the most basic principles of our criminal code!”

‘Hi. I am a pawn for the Private Prison Industry. This placed ad brought to you by ALEC!’

“They have attacked one of the most fundamental of all Freedoms, the right of free speech!”

People like you have proven unlimited free speech is over rated.

“Unite behind Obama? Never!”

Which is why there can be no compromise with Evil.

Aaron Burr V Mexico

April 10th, 2012
10:38 am

@Dman Tolstoy Part 4

“I am sure many of you who read this think that I am going overboard, but I refuse to retreat one more inch in favor of those whom I believe are the embodiment of Evil!
PRESIDENT BUSH made many mistakes during his Presidency, and I am not sure how history will judge him. However, I believe that he weighed his decisions in light of the long established Judeo-Christian principles of our Founding Fathers!!!
Majority rules in America, and I will honor the concept; however, I will fight with all of my power to be a voice in opposition to Obama and his “goals for America …”
I am going to be a thorn in the side of those who, if left unchecked, will destroy our Country! Any more compromise is more defeat!
I pray that the results of this election will wake up many who have sat on the sidelines and allowed the Socialist-Marxist anti-GOD crowd to slowly change so much of what has been good in America!
GOD bless you and GOD bless our Country!”

Which is why we’re coming for you, your land, your guns and children, and we’re banishing you all to antartica or somewhere. Fear. Fear in your little fear world Red Stater, because there will always be more for you to hate and fear, and historically, you keep losing and losing.

You lost when women got the right to vote.
You lost on income tax.
You lost when the civil rights movement triumphed.
You lost the civil war.
You are losing on Gay Marriage.

And you will keep losing. Because you are losers.

Aaron Burr V Mexico

April 10th, 2012
10:48 am

Part 2 @Dman Tolstoy.

“- I do not share his Abortion beliefs;”
No you just like to enslave women instead. This is proven because you also destroy equal pay acts. And you don’t support children’s programs when they are born. This is not about abortion, its about control.

“- I do not share his radical Marxist’s concept of re-distributing wealth;”

You know, Obama is not a Marxist but you’re making them. More and more people are reading the Communist Manifesto because people like you fear it, and they say, “Well there must be something good there.”

“- I do not share his stated views on raising taxes on those who make$150,000+ (the ceiling has been changed three times since August);”

Intelligent people, unlike Republicans, can adapt their message as need dictates. I think we should tax republicans an extra 10% personally.

“- I do not share his view that America is Arrogant;”
You are exhibit A friend. Also HE doesn’t believe that though I do.
“- I do not share his view that America is not a Judeo-Christian Nation;”

The founding fathers disagree with you. You are a liar. This is not a Judeo Christian nation. It is a secular one. But keep talking like that. The more you do, the more agree that we need to tax churches.

“- I do not share his view that the military should be reduced by 25%;”
So you, like Paul Ryan, are calling our military leaders liars then? How patriotic of you.

“- I do not share his view of amnesty and giving more to illegals than our American Citizens who need help;”
He’s only asked for amnesty for them in your little world, contard, not reality.

“- I do not share his views on homosexuality and his definition of marriage;”
Well fortunately, your behavior has convinced more and more people that anything you think must be wrong and so now a majority disagrees with you.

“- I do not share his views that Radical Islam is our friend and Israel is our enemy who should give up any land;”
Osama. Bin. Laden. Also, Netenyahu is a contard who has snubbed us. Israel is not our enemy but their current government is. Because a conservative government is the enemy of anything that isn’t evil.

“- I do not share his spiritual beliefs (at least the ones he has made public);”
So you think helping the helpless is evil? You think that justice is bad? You think that being a true Christian is bad? That sounds right coming from you.

“- I do not share his beliefs on how to re-work the healthcare system in America;”
No, instead you just want to let children die from lack of proper health care.

“- I do not share his Strategic views of the Middle East; and”
As compared to Bush, who you defend? Project For a New American Century Much? Evil. Get thee behind me.

“- I certainly do not share his plan to sit down with terrorist regimes such as Iran.”
Because you, like other contards like you, want to start more wars for your corporate masters. Good job minion.

“Bottom line: my America is vastly different from Obama’s, and I have a higher obligation to my Country and my GOD to do what is Right!
For eight (8) years, the Liberals in our Society, led by numerous entertainers who would have no platform and no real credibility but for their celebrity status, have attacked President Bush, his family, and his spiritual beliefs!
They have not moved toward the center in their beliefs and their philosophies, and they never came together nor compromised their personal beliefs for the betterment of our Country!
They have portrayed my America as a land where everything is tolerated except being intolerant!
They have been a vocal and irreverent minority for years!
They have mocked and attacked the very core values so important to the founding and growth of our Country!”
Republicans have no values. Republicans have no platform. Repbulcians have no beliefs. Republicans have nothing but hate and fear and stupidity. And you are losing. Thank God.