BRUNSWICK, Ga. -

Officials in a coastal Georgia county fear that a new way of classifying soil could cost it the chance to develop new industries.

The Brunswick News reports that a government finding of hydric soil is one factor in determining wetlands classification, which could prevent industrial development.

The Brunswick newspaper reports that a solar panel won't be developed at a site in Thalmann after a wetland study determined soil on the property to be hydric.

On Monday, members of the Brunswick and Glynn County Development Authority were shown a map indicating that the vast majority of the county could contain hydric soil.

The extensive amount of land highlighted on the map drew audible gasps and comments from those attending the meeting, including county and city commissioners.