Bill Would Bar Landing Field In NC Counties

Two congressmen say a bill has passed the U.S. House of Representatives that bars the Navy from building a jet practice landing field in North Carolina counties.

The measure still needs Senate approval.

Rep. Walter Jones, R-N.C., added the provision to the spending bill that the House approved Thursday. The measure prohibits establishment of an Outlying Landing Field in Gates or Currituck counties.

Jones said people in the area "have spoken loud and clear on this issue."

A spokesman for Rep. G.K. Butterfield, D-N.C., said Butterfield
supported the measure because the people he represents didn't want
the landing field.

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  • by Dave Location: Wilson on Jun 29, 2009 at 11:20 AM
    The OLF was a government power and land grab from the beginning. It would have COST Washington County money to have the landing strip. It was not a base. It was a 2 mile long runway with 24/7 jet noise and NO MONEY. No only would it not bring in money it would have taken 30,000 acres of taxable farmland off of the counties books. GK Butterfield has been a complete tool on this. He let this go on for years and did nothing. Now that the OLF has been defeated in his district he steps up and says "it was bad all along".
  • by Anonymous on Jun 28, 2009 at 06:29 AM
    Send all the military bases to Mexico, it's obvious that the American people do not want them here in the US. Mexico has plenty of land and cheap labor. This will be the answer to rid the US of all the illegals and they will go back home. There, two birds with one stone...
  • by PatrickH Location: North Carolina on Jun 27, 2009 at 04:39 AM
    Our legislators have come up with an answer to this problem, send four squadrons to Cherry Point. Will it happen? Look how hard they are fighting to keep that carrier from Mayport, FL.
  • by PatrickH Location: North Carolina on Jun 27, 2009 at 04:37 AM
    The OLF is a 30,000 acre gift to Virginia Beach. This will allow Virginia Beach to continue development, reap the billions of dollars of this air installation while exporting the negative impacts to poorer communities outside their state.
  • by PatrickH Location: North Carolina on Jun 27, 2009 at 04:36 AM
    I would like to thank the NC legislators who have noticed the true problem with this project. Virginia Beach continues to recklessly build in the areas where construction should be prohibited and then wants another community to solve their halfhearted land use planning.
  • by B Location: G-Vegas on Jun 26, 2009 at 01:51 PM
    NC better take what it can get!
  • by DD on Jun 26, 2009 at 01:35 PM
    The OLF is pork spending at its best. Like Kyle said, the Navy has plenty of space at the Naval Air Stations. They could paint the outline of a carrier deck on a runway there and get the same practice. But I guess pork spending is OK when it seems to benefit local people.
  • by Joe Location: Greenville on Jun 26, 2009 at 01:27 PM
    Spending money in Eastern NC sounds like a good idea to me. Next time bases come up for closure remember the landing field that "the people" did not want. The military will surely not forget.
  • by Kyle Location: Williamston on Jun 26, 2009 at 12:19 PM
    I don't consider it Anti-Patriotic, but I just don't think its really necessary. There are other places that already exist that could be used without spending all that money building a new place.
  • by Dwayne Location: Greenville on Jun 26, 2009 at 12:06 PM
    Obama will do what Obama wants to do.
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