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Posts Tagged ‘encroachment’

Pentagon, Developer Strike Deal to Mitigate Impacts of Wind Farm

  • January 15, 2014
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Construction of a wind farm in eastern North Carolina will be able to go ahead after DOD and the developer reached an agreement to mitigate impacts to military flight training conducted from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, officials announced this week. Under the agreement, wind turbines will be placed no closer than four nautical miles from the centerline of a major training route in eastern North Carolina used by Seymour Johnson F-15Es and Navy and Marine Corps aircraft for low-level flight training and access to the Dare County Bombing Range …

Opposition over Jet Noise from NAS Whidbey Island Prompts Lawsuit

  • January 5, 2014
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A years-long dispute between residents living near an outlying landing field (OLF) used to train pilots based at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island in northwest Washington and the Navy is no closer to resolution as installation officials end a temporary moratorium on practicing takeoffs and landings at the airfield. Local opposition to training flights by Navy Growlers, used to suppress enemy radar, flying from their home base 10 miles south to OLF Coupeville has grown since the aircraft first arrived in 2008 …

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.

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