|From:||Lenny Siegel <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|Date:||Thu, 27 Mar 2008 15:18:43 -0700 (PDT)|
|Subject:||[CPEO-MEF] REUSE: "Fort Chaffee Disaster Still Unfolding"|
Fort Chaffee Disaster Still Unfolding Editorial Fort Smith Times Record (AR) March 27, 2008 Remember that old adage about not looking a gift horse in the mouth? Turns out that might not have been the best advice western Arkansas ever got. It seemed like such a good deal, too: 7,000 beautiful acres and plenty of time to develop them. That's how it seemed when the Department of Defense chose to downsize Fort Chaffee by handing over what everyone called "excess Chaffee land." After some occasionally nasty infighting, the land appeared to be a boon to all. Landlocked Fort Smith would have a chance to grow to its east. Barling would finally be able to stretch out a little. Ben Geren Park would be expanded, and the whole area would benefit from some economic development. A great deal, as long as the wind didn't blow. Of course, the wind DID blow. On Jan. 29, it blew so hard that two utility lines smacked together, arcing. A spark became a fire that the wind whipped into 100 acres of destruction. In the conflagration, 150 buildings were destroyed, and therein lies the problem. ... For the entire article, see -- Lenny Siegel Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight a project of the Pacific Studies Center 278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041 Voice: 650/961-8918 or 650/969-1545 Fax: 650/961-8918 <email@example.com> http://www.cpeo.org _______________________________________________ Military mailing list Military@lists.cpeo.org http://lists.cpeo.org/listinfo.cgi/military-cpeo.org
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