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Posts Tagged ‘encroachment’

DOD Issues Rule for Reviewing Projects Posing Potential Risk to Military Operations

  • December 8, 2013
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The Pentagon issued a final rule last week outlining the evaluation process for determining whether proposed energy projects, such as wind farms, could interfere with military testing or training activities. Lawmakers included a provision in the fiscal 2011 defense authorization bill, section 358, calling for DOD to outline procedures to ensure commercial renewable energy projects do not pose a risk to national security. The rule applies to applications referred to DOD from the Department of Transportation (DOT) for projects that could affect navigable airspace …

Conservation Group, DOD Provide Guidance for Renewable Energy Development

  • November 20, 2013
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A new guide developed jointly by the Pentagon and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) should help minimize conflicts with defense operations created by the development of renewable energy projects on and around military ranges, airspace and installations. The 24-page primer provides a range of factors and siting considerations that can be applied by developers and other stakeholders when working with DOD on siting renewable energy projects …

Navy Ends Search for Outlying Landing Field to Support NAS Oceana

  • November 19, 2013
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The Navy on Tuesday said it has cancelled an environmental study of alternate practice landing sites that could be used by pilots at Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia Beach, Va., saying it needs to wait until the service selects an East Coast site to host the F-35, the military’s next generation fighter aircraft. Officials initially suspended study of three sites in Virginia and two in North Carolina in 2011 in favor of waiting for a decision on basing the F-35. But with that decision not expected until 2017 at the earliest, any work on the environmental impact statement conducted now would be out of date by that time …

MIT Study to Assess Potential for Power Line, White Sands Missile Range to Coexist

  • November 18, 2013
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The Pentagon will commission a study by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Lincoln Laboratory to determine whether testing activities at White Sands Missile Range (WSMR), N.M., could be adjusted to minimize interference from a proposed 515-mile-long, high-voltage transmission line, New Mexico Sen. Martin Heinrich (D) said Friday. Heinrich requested the study in response to concerns expressed by senior officials from WSMR and DOD over the impact of the $1.2 billion SunZia project linking central New Mexico to southeastern Arizona …

NRDC, DOD to Host Webinar on Renewable Energy Siting

  • November 11, 2013
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New siting considerations jointly developed by DOD and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) for the first time address core issues for developing renewable energy sources on and around military installations. The considerations are designed to help developers determine low conflict places for solar, wind and other renewable energy, and are released as DOD plans to get 25 percent of its installation energy from renewables by 2025 …

Spokane Voters Reject Measure to Provide Buffer for Fairchild AFB

  • November 11, 2013
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Residents in Spokane County, Wash., last week rejected a measure to stave off encroachment around Fairchild Air Force Base by raising property taxes. The measure was designed to raise $18 million over nine years to purchase seven mobile home parks in the installation’s accident potential zone and relocate residents in the 188 affected units …

State, Army Partner to Extend Ft. Drum Buffer

  • October 25, 2013
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The state of New York is partnering with the Army and local conservation groups to protect Fort Drum from encroachment. The state will provide $500,000, yielding a total of $4.5 million when combined with funds from the Army Compatible Use Buffer program. The funds will be used to purchase the development rights on land surrounding the post located in New York’s North Country region …

City seeks Virginia Funds to Protect Landing Field from Development

  • October 23, 2013
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The city of Chesapeake, Va., will seek $2.5 million in state matching funds to protect Fentress Naval Auxiliary Landing Field from encroachment. The move represents the first time Chesapeake has sought state funds to protect Fentress, which supports field carrier landing practice operations by aircraft based at nearby Naval Air Station Oceana and other naval installations in the region. The funds would be used to purchase land and development rights to expand the safety zone around the airfield, reported the Virginian-Pilot. The city previously has spent $4.3 million to purchase hundreds of acres near Fentress, but has recovered $1.8 million of that from the Navy under a cost-sharing agreement.

Security, Encroachment Concerns outside Fairchild AFB Prompt Emergency Action

  • September 26, 2013
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Spokane County, Wash., commissioners on Wednesday adopted an interim zoning law to protect Fairchild Air Force Base from the development of industrial facilities over 400 acres on its eastern border. The emergency action came only after the commissioners learned in recent days that Fairchild’s commander expressed concern that an industrial facility could provide cover for a sniper, reported the Spokesman-Review. The legislators’ action trims the county’s recent 4,100-acre urban growth area expansion to 3,700 acres …

Transmission Line Route Threatens Mission at White Sands, Commander Says

  • September 23, 2013
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The current route of a proposed, 515-mile-long, high-voltage transmission line linking central New Mexico to southeastern Arizona would jeopardize about 30 percent of the weapons testing activities conducted in the northern extension at White Sands Missile Range (WSMR), the installation’s commanding general said last week. “There’s no way to do my missions with some of the weapons systems we’re currently testing, now and into the future, because they would strike the line,” said Brig. Gen. Gwen Bingham …

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