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Congressmen Try to Halt Plans for Outlying Landing Field

Posted May 9, 2007

— The military wants to build a practice landing field for naval jets in Washington and Beaufort counties, but there's concern over the potential impact on a nearby wildlife refuge.

Wednesday, lawmakers added wording to legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives in a bid to stop plans for the landing field. North Carolina Reps. David Price and G.K. Butterfield worked on the legislation.

Another measure urges the secretary of the Navy to consider other locations, including possibly using Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point.

Gov. Mike Easley and U.S. Sens. Richard Burr and Elizabeth Dole have already raised questions about the Washington County location. Earlier this month, the state House drafted a joint resolution opposing the landing field.

The Navy spent 75 days listening to feedback from people across the state concerning the landing field. Over the next few months, that Navy will take those comments into consideration and begin drafting an environmental impact statement.

After the statement is released this fall, the Navy could announce its final decision on where to build the landing field within 30 days.


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  • salut2daking May 10, 2007

    I think if it does happen they should pay to sound proof all of the houses.

  • jstarli May 10, 2007

    I have the solution!!! Why hasn't anybody thought of this. If I remember correctly the state poured in millions (hundreds)of tax dollars into building the Global Trans park. An air strip in Kinston NC that is 11,500 feet long. As far as I know, it doesn't get used, atleast not the volume it was suppose to be. Why not use it. The state could get a return on their investment for a change.

  • OLD PIRATE May 10, 2007

    Eastern NC needs the jobs but I don't understand the need for 30,000 ac. of land. People in the area as far away as Edenton don't want it, but that area is infested with money from out of state. ANywhere but my back yard seems to be the answer.

  • lucky22 May 10, 2007

    I certainly hope the Navy goes somewhere else. I'm trying to figure out who's pocket's were going to be well padded if it was put in NC.

  • Travised May 9, 2007

    What, military intelligence??? Use land they already have... what a proposterous idea!!!

    Good to hear this idea is getting (hopefully) squashed. Can't say much about military birds flying over my head. I remember when a 757 had to do a go around and I was on the ground; it barely missed the top of my 25 story by about 75 feet. I could read the N number no problem. It sounded like he had the throttle pushed all the way up. Scares you when you see them flying that low (over a city) compared to normal patterns.

  • Hip-Shot May 9, 2007

    Talking about the jets shaking the house in Norfolk, the reason they do that is because they have built up(encroached) around their practice field there, Fentress such that it is no longer suitable. Thats greed on the part of developers and the city to sell lots.

    Have they even remotely considered using the old OLF at Atlantic N.C.? That would be using property they already have and therefore would not be needing to buy more property in the first place.

  • DanielFowler May 9, 2007

    Between Fort Pickett and Cherry Point the navy should be able to fill any of the navy's needs.

  • Jokers Wild May 9, 2007

    LOL@ NC Boy! Amen! If these things are not so bad, put it on the White House lawn! I can only imagine that the only people happy about all of this are the one's in VA that will lose some of their "air" traffic and pass it on down to us! I have a friend in Norfolk and they absolutley hate the jets shaking the house, every 10 minutes!

  • ncboy May 9, 2007

    put it on the white house lawn