Senate Pulls OLF Ban For Northeastern N.C.

Those opposed to building a Navy outlying landing field in northeastern North Carolina have lost one battle in Congress.

Thursday the U.S. Senate gave final approval for the National Defense Authorization Act, without language that would have barred an OLF in the northeast corner of the state. The bill now goes to the president for his signature.

The House had included language that would have prohibited an OLF in either Camden or Gates counties, that was pushed by Congressman Walter Jones. That provision was taken out during a conference committee between the House and Senate.

The Navy wants to build an OLF in either northeastern North Carolina or southeastern Virginia to allow Navy and Marine Corps jets to practice landings on a mock aircraft carrier.

“I am disappointed that the Senate did not include the language I authored in the House version of the National Defense Authorization Act removing the Hale’s Lake and Sandbanks sites from consideration for the OLF. I will continue to fight for this effort and I appreciate the support from Senator Burr, Senator Hagan, and Congressman Butterfield,” said Congressman Jones.

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