Bill Would Require Feds To Get Permission For OLF

Opponents of an outlying landing field in Eastern Carolina may get some ammunition against the Navy from the General Assembly.

A bill that would force the federal government to get state permission to take over land to build an outlying landing field under consideration in the N.C. House.

The bill says the government cannot take land that does not have an existing military base on it that is home to air squadrons in order to build an outlying landing field, unless it has the permission of the State of North Carolina.

The bill cleared a committee vote Tuesday.

The Navy is considering sites in Camden and Gates Counties to build an OLF. Many in that area oppose the possible project, as was the case in Washington and Beaufort Counties.

The Navy is also considering three sites in Virginia.

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