OLF Dispute Continues

Democrat U.S. Senator Kay Hagan heard concerns about an outlying landing field as she visited Camden County Wednesday.

Opponents of an OLF cheered the National Defense Authorization Act signed into law last week which includes an amendment authored by Hagan and Republican counterpart Richard Burr, effectively halting immediate construction by the Navy.

Hagan says, "They will have to report what other landing fields that they could be currently utilizing--and this is before any money can be spent on an OLF in North Carolina."

Most residents in counties that could be impacted by an OLF, Camden, Currituck and Gates, have complaints that range from noise and habitat infringement--to lack of economic benefit.


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  • by bobbie Location: @yahoo.com on Feb 7, 2011 at 08:47 AM
    what is walmarts policy on employees going to college? I am going to college and the days were changed from last fall but my manger refuses to change the days I work and said he is counting them as unexcused absent! Can they do this to me ?
  • by Missy Location: NENC on Jan 13, 2011 at 08:23 AM
    Mike, I can't agree with you more. You are right there are tons of abandoned airfields they could be using. Both in Virginia and NC. The eastern shore of Virginia has great locations. Fort Pickett has 50K acres. The Navy owns an abandon airfield in Pungo Virginia near NALF Fentress and Oceana. They could always expand Fentress as well. The OLF does not make any sense when existing facilities are just sitting there not being used.
  • by Mike Location: NC on Jan 13, 2011 at 06:34 AM
    When will people realize that we cannot keep spending without regard to what is happening to our country. Our infrastructure is falling apart. Yes, safety is important but what are we protecting if our country is coming apart at the seams inside its boarders? Make no mistake there are several EXISTING airfields the Navy could be using. A new OLF is a huge waste of tax dollars. Our federal government knows this and the Pentagon knows it as well.
  • by Bud Location: Washington on Jan 13, 2011 at 06:31 AM
    Anybody ever been to Virginia Beach when the fighter jets are practicing their touch-and-go drills? You can't even talk to the person next to you it's so loud. There's even a running joke up there about the jets: people put bumper stickers on their cars saying "I love jet noise" to poke fun at the complainers. However, in this case where there is no jet noise presently, for the love of peace, quiet and nature please don't ever allow them to violate one of my favorite things about eastern NC, the quiet nothingness of the northeast. My in-laws live up there and I love going to Currituck Co and spending time in God's country. I understand that's why they want to put it there, but 99% of the local residents live there BECAUSE it's quiet, except in summer when all the PA/NJ/NY invaders come capture Nags Head. If it's space they want, I'm sure there's plenty in Wyoming! Why don't they put it in Texas so they can guard the border AND get their training? Two birds one stone.
  • by John Location: Greenville on Jan 13, 2011 at 06:27 AM
    Is wise to build another OLF field for NAS Oceana when the local government (Virginia Beach) wants the Navy out? Virginia Beach has asked the Navy/FAA to move the radar tower that protects the east coast to another location so they can build high-rise hotels near the airfield. Virginia Beach is NOW looking to build in the interfacility area between NALF Fentress and NAS Oceana. Yes, Virginia Beach does have a study pending on how to develop land that is not supposed to be developed! People should do some research before just making arbitrary comments that are so ignorant.
  • by Supporter Location: ENC on Jan 12, 2011 at 09:21 PM
    To avoid all the fighting, I think the Navy/Marine Corp should take all their bases out of NC. Let Havelock and Jacksonville find other opportunities for that land. I know most of the skilled labor would leave and the rest can pick up employement at Walmart.
  • by Bruce the Shrk Location: Greenville on Jan 12, 2011 at 06:47 PM
    The price of freedom has a price. In this case its a little noise.
  • by Tim Location: Kitty Hawk on Jan 12, 2011 at 06:42 PM
    Thank you for standing up for the residents of ENC. If VA wants the jets and the economic benefits that go with them then let them find an olf in VA. If they want the olf in NC then base the jets in NC.
  • by John Location: Virginia on Jan 12, 2011 at 06:39 PM
    Good. The OLF study/project is the biggest waste of tax dollars that I have ever seen. They don't even use Fentress airfield all the time. I know they stop using NAS Oceana by 10 or 11pm. Crazy - Stop wasting our tax dollars.
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