Statewide Officials Oppose OLF

The Council of State voted to sign a still-to-be-drafted resolution. The resolution would be largely symbolic, but is the latest sign of opposition of state leaders to the proposed site. The Council of State is comprised of Governor Easley, Lieutenant Governor Beverly Perdue and eight other statewide elected officials. Secretary of State Elaine Marshall missed today's meeting. Critics say the Washington County site is too close to the Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge. They fear jets could hurt the thousands of migratory birds that travel there annually. They also argue that the birds pose a danger to the jets and their pilots. State Treasurer Richard Moore suggested the resolution, and says it's imperative that the Council of State speak with one voice to oppose the idea.