OLF Environmental Study Delayed In North Carolina

Navy officials announced today the delay of an environmental impact study over the proposed Outlying Landing Field or OLF.

"The environmental planning, which would lead to a decision to establish an OLF, has been a challenging process," the Navy said in a written statement.

In response Camden County's Manager Randell Woodruff said, "We are hopeful the Navy will use this time to consider alternatives to Camden County, based on the mounting evidence an OLF here would cause severe economic and environmental damage to northeast North Carolina. Congressional, state, county and local officials have made it clear that both the Camden and Gates County sites should not be considered for an OLF. Now is the time to remove these sites from consideration."

The proposed OLF in Camden County would serve the Master Jet Base at Oceana Naval Air Station located approximately 30 miles over the state line in Virginia Beach. As proposed some have said the OLF could condemn thousands of acres and place agricultural restrictions on thousands more, removing the land from the county tax base. In early 2008, the Camden and Currituck county boards publicly announced their opposition to the proposed airfield.

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