NO-OLF

North Carolinians Opposed to the Outlying Landing Field P. O. Box 32 Pinetown, NC 27865 www.noolf.com Contacts: Defense Authorization Bill passed the Senate

  • By: Ted Williams
North Carolinians Opposed to the Outlying Landing Field
P. O. Box 32
Pinetown, NC 27865
www.noolf.com
Contacts: Defense Authorization Bill passed the Senate without Site C funding

October 2, 2007, the United States Senate passed the Defense Authorization Bill that omitted the Navy's funding request of 10.6 million dollars for an outlying landing field (OLF) in Washington and Beaufort Counties.

Department of Defense Administrative Provisions Bill #1547 reads:

SEC. 130. None of the funds in this title shall be used for any activity related to the construction of an Outlying Landing Field in Washington County, North Carolina.

"This is fantastic news," stated Christy Ange a No-OLF activist who has fought the battle to save her family farm for over seven years. "This is one more piece of the puzzle in regards to the funding for an OLF at site C. Hopefully, the Navy will take in consideration a better site that will meet their requirements, and is endorsed by the people who will have to accommodate it."

On June 6, 2007 the committee of Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Bill voted to block the funds for OLF in Washington Co. where it was moved to house floor. Both North Carolina Congressmen Butterfield and Price succeeded to include the prohibition of the funds in the bill.

Friday, June 15, 2007 - Washington, DC

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES - H. R. 2642

Title: Making appropriations for military construction, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2008, and for other purposes.

"The people have spoken, Congress has spoken and to show good faith towards North Carolina and the rest of the country the Navy should stop immediately any further activity at site C", stated Joe Albea, activist and sportsmen advocate. "A public declaration should be made before Secretary Winter's final November 15th list of possible site locations for an OLF. Not one more penny of the taxpayers money should be wasted on a site located too close to a National Wildlife Refuge that is wintering home to thousands of ducks and geese.

"Not only does the Navy need to stand down immediately and declare site C free of further harassment" said Jennifer Alligood, chairwoman of the No-OLF. "The land should either be turned over to the state or go back into the hands of the private sector. The Navy had no business condemning this land knowing full well they would have to poison thousands of birds in order to operate their OLF."