Basnight Says OLF Process Marred By 'Untruths'

Senate leader Marc Basnight says "untruths" have built distrust between North Carolina officials and Navy leaders seeking to build a practice landing field in the state.

In a letter, Basnight writes to a state panel studying the Navy's proposed outlying landing field. He says that the Navy's current ideas for building in the eastern part of state are "absolutely unacceptable."

The Democrat from Dare County says the sites pose a danger to
public safety, public health, the environment and the property rights of people living nearby. He suggests that the Navy pursue an offshore training platform to practice landings.

The Navy has been seeking a site for six years. It first wanted to build in Washington and Beaufort counties but backed off that request amid outcry from state officials. The Navy is now eyeing six potential sites that may be studied further.