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Posts Tagged ‘encroachment’

State, DOD Effort Invests $12.5M to Purchase Easement for Eglin AFB

  • August 21, 2013
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Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) and his cabinet on Tuesday approved the purchase of a conservation easement on a 21,000-acre tract on the east side of Eglin Air Force Base, a move intended to protect a variety of test and training missions at the installation located on the Florida Panhandle. The $12.5 million purchase is being accomplished through a partnership with DOD’s Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration Program, with the department contributing $1.75 million and the Air Force $550,000. The Trust for Public Land also is a project partner …

Opposition Rises to Transmission Line over Impact to White Sands Missile Range

  • August 20, 2013
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A dispute between DOD and the Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) over the route for a proposed, 515-mile-long, high-voltage transmission line linking central New Mexico to southeastern Arizona is coming to a head after BLM selected as its preferred route one that defense officials say will interfere with operations at White Sands Missile Range, N.M. Even before BLM issued a final environmental impact statement for the SunZia project on June 14, a top Pentagon official objected to a route traversing the missile range’s northern extension that the bureau designated as its preferred alternative …

Maryland County Needs Consultant to Perform JLUS for Aberdeen Proving Ground

  • August 18, 2013
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The Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG) community, located in central Maryland, is seeking a qualified consulting firm to conduct a joint land use study (JLUS) for counties and municipalities surrounding APG, inclusive of the Aberdeen Area, Edgewood Area and other related testing facilities located outside the gates. The goal of the JLUS is to encourage local governments, together with the state, to work closely with the military installation to implement measures to prevent the introduction of incompatible civilian development that may impair the continued operational utility of the military installation …

Local Officials Look to Use State Funds to Buffer Davis-Monthan AFB

  • August 6, 2013
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Officials in Pima County, Ariz., striving to protect Davis-Monthan Air Force Base from encroachment intend to apply for state funds to purchase land on the installation’s east border. The effort would help ensure the survival of the base located in Tucson while providing a buffer from noise, Bruce Dusenberry, former president of DM-50, the installation’s local support group, told Some residents neighboring the installation, however, say the money would be better spent protecting their homes from aircraft noise …

Havelock Officials Remain Vigilant in Defense of MCAS Cherry Point

  • August 4, 2013
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Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point and the surrounding region of eastern North Carolina offer the military multiple assets, a narrative that officials should not keep a secret. “We need to tell our story first,” Pete Rose, a partner of the Franklin Partnership, told the Havelock Board of Commissioners last week. “He who tells their story first controls the narrative,” said Rose …

Cleanup Progress at DOD Installations Continues to Advance

  • July 23, 2013
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The Pentagon has made significant progress in cleaning up contaminated sites at its installations in recent years, John Conger, DOD’s acting deputy undersecretary for installations and environment, told the audience last week at the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado. By 2018, the department will have finished cleaning up 90 percent of identified sites, and by 2021, it will have completed 95 percent of the sites, Conger said. While a few sites will require longer-term solutions, he added, “I’m proud of our cleanup program and I think we’re doing a pretty good job …

Northwest Washington Residents Sue Navy over Use of Outlying Landing Field

  • July 23, 2013
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A citizens group on Whidbey Island in northwest Washington filed a federal lawsuit against the Navy Monday seeking to force a second environmental review for Naval Air Station Whidbey Island’s use of an outlying landing field. Citizens of the Ebey’s Reserve for a Healthy, Safe & Peaceful Environment said it has complained to the Navy about the noise generated by aircraft using Outlying Landing Field Coupeville to simulate landing on an aircraft carrier, but has received no response …

Economic Study to Revitalize Communities outside Fort Worth Base

  • July 8, 2013
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Officials from multiple communities in West Fort Worth, Texas, are looking to an economic development study to attract new business and revitalize neighborhoods surrounding Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base. In addition to economic development, the study, funded through a $600,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and a $200,000 local match from the Regional Transportation Council, will assess public transportation and housing, reported the Fort Worth Business Press. The Planning for Livable Military Communities project is intended to leverage the area’s existing cultural and retail resources to support development that is compatible with operations at the base.

F-16 Crash near Luke AFB Demonstrates Value of Efforts to Combat Encroachment

  • July 7, 2013
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For longtime supporters of Luke Air Force Base, last month’s crash of an F-16 practicing “touch and go” landings in a vacant field just west of the installation served as a vivid reminder of the hard-fought efforts of its surrounding communities to limit encroaching development outside of Luke over the past two decades. “[Wednesday's] incident serves to remind us of the importance of all the tough decisions that the surrounding cities and county and the state of Arizona have made to ensure that incompatible growth … is kept away from our base …

Offshore Drilling Would Not Threaten Hampton Roads Bases, Virginia Lawmakers Say

  • June 30, 2013
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Virginia Sens. Mark Warner (D) and Tim Kaine (D) and Rep. Scott Rigell (R) say drilling for oil or gas off the state’s coast would not jeopardize the defense presence in Hampton Roads and maintain that energy exploration can be conducted in tandem with military operations on the Outer Continental Shelf. The issue is coming to a head as Congress is considering legislation to lift a federal moratorium on drilling off Virginia’s coast. On Friday, the House passed the Off Shore Energy and Jobs Act, which would open waters off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts to drilling …

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