Two Counties Say OLF Would Harm Their Economies

Leaders in two counties that are home to four of six potential sites for a Navy jet landing field in North Carolina say the project would harm their economies and way of life.

Officials from Gates and Camden counties spoke to a state task force that is working with the military on finding a site for the landing strip. Navy pilots will use the site to mimic nighttime landings on an aircraft carrier.

Camden County Manager Randell Woodruff says the landing field would harm farming and discourage efforts to make the area attractive to homes and businesses.

Interim Gates County Manager Melinda Hoggard says her county is being picked on because it is small and poor.

While the Navy wants to decide on a new batch of finalists in about two weeks, it could be two years before a final decision on a site is made.