''It was like passing a boundary to dive / Into the sun-filled water, brightly leafed / And limbed and lighted out from bank to bank. / That's how the stars shine during the day.'' -- Wallace Stevens

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South Carolina Sierra Club
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Columbia, South Carolina 29202


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Meeting Announcement (May 21) PDF Print E-mail

Meeting Announcement (May 21)


HEARING ON PALMETTO PIPELINE - Kinder Morgan plans to construct a pipeline carrying up to 167,000 barrels of refined petroleum products from Belton, South Carolina to Jacksonville, Florida. A portion of the pipeline will run through Aiken County, Edgefield County, and McCormick County. Kinder Morgan has agreed to hold a public hearing at the North Augusta Community Center (495 Brookside Avenue) at 6:00 on Thursday, May 21.

Just in case you didn't know, Kinder Morgan is no stranger to South Carolina and spills.  As recently as December 2014, "[m]ore than 300,000 gallons of gasoline have leaked from Texas-based energy company Kinder Morgan’s pipeline in Belton, South Carolina."

You can read the full article here: http://savannahnow.com/news/2015-04-30/kinder-morgan-pipeline-leak-reaches-300000-gallons-south-carolina

2015 Foothills ExCom Election Announcement PDF Print E-mail

Announcing the Foothills ExCom Elections for 2015


Each year, the Foothills Sierra Group holds elections for its ExCom Board, the board that’s responsible for making arrangements for meeting speakers, arranging activities such as outings, interacting to other hiking and conservations groups—generally making the necessary decisions for having the group function effectively.  We attempt to replace/reelect either two or three members of this group each year.  This year, we will be electing three members to this board.


Read more: 2015 Foothills ExCom Election Announcement
2015 March Appeal PDF Print E-mail



Help Us Keep More Nuclear Waste from Being Sent to the Barnwell Site

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Dear Fellow Sierran

Chem-Nuclear just doesn’t get it. After leaking nuclear waste into our groundwater they want to bring even more radioactive waste to Barnwell! Enough is enough.

We’ve seen this before—and fought back with your help.  Last July, we won a very important legal battle against Chem-Nuclear.  The South Carolina Appeals Court found the company’s improper  radioactive waste storage practices violated its permit.  Chem-Nuclear’s toxic waste is leaking directly into the groundwater that leads to the Savannah River, drinking water for many downstream.  The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) was also chastised for failing to hold Chem-Nuclear to its permit requirements.


Read more: 2015 March Appeal
Sierra Club Reaches Agreement on Haile Gold Mine PDF Print E-mail
Water Quality

Accord reached for Lancaster County gold mine; more cash required


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Romarco Minerals plans to reopen the historic Haile Gold Mine near downtown Kershaw.

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COLUMBIA, S.C. — Romarco Minerals will double the amount of cash it sets aside for an environmental cleanup at what is expected to be the largest gold mine in the eastern United States, according to a settlement agreement announced Thursday.

In resolving the last major legal obstacle to digging the mine north of Camden, Romarco agreed to post $10 million in cash for the cleanup, the Sierra Club said.

The company previously had offered $5 million, but the Sierra Club insisted on a higher amount to better ensure any contamination or other damage is addressed when the mine closes in about 2030.


Read more: Sierra Club Reaches Agreement on Haile Gold Mine
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