2007 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lennysiegel@gmail.com>
Date: 10 Aug 2007 23:50:08 -0000
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] Virginia OLF editorial
NIMBY not a policy for Navy dealings

The Virginian-Pilot
August 10, 2007

The pretenses are different, but similarly sacred. In Virginia, opponents have the story of slave rebel Nat Turner. In North Carolina, they have the migration of endangered waterfowl. Add the inviolate causes of property rights and the family farmer, and the siting of a new Navy training field threatens to become impossibly complicated.

Which is, perhaps, the whole point.

As the Navy searches for a dark patch of property on which to train pilots, opposition to an outlying landing field - as the facility is formally known - continues to grow in volume, size and organization in both states.

An isolated OLF is crucial if Oceana Naval Air Station is to continue as a master jet base - the place where pilots go to learn how to land on an aircraft carrier. The Fentress auxiliary field, in Chesapeake, is increasingly ill-suited for the kind of constant practice that pilots need.


For the entire editorial, see


Lenny Siegel
Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight
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