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Posts Tagged ‘encroachment’

Vast Majority of Proposed Energy Projects Pose No Hazard, Navy Says

  • April 7, 2014
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The Navy determined that 96 percent of the 2,075 proposed energy projects it evaluated in 2013 would have little or no impact on its mission, according to congressional testimony submitted last week by the Navy’s top installations official. About 90 percent of the remaining projects were still under review as of Dec. 31, 2013. Only 8 projects were found to have a sufficient adverse impact to military operations to warrant establishment of a mitigation response team, stated Dennis McGinn, assistant secretary for energy, installations and environment …

Wind Project on Maryland’s Eastern Shore Pits Governor against Pax River Supporters

  • April 6, 2014
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Legislation in the Maryland General Assembly that could block a proposed wind farm on the state’s Eastern Shore has divided Gov. Martin O’Malley (D), a strong proponent of clean energy, and southern Maryland officials who believe the project could interfere with a radar system at Naval Air Station Patuxent River used to test the stealth capability of aircraft. The measure, which passed the House last month, would delay the construction of large turbines within 56 miles of Pax River — an area that would cover the distance from the air station on the Chesapeake Bay’s western shore to the Great Bay project site across the bay …

Kansas Bill Would Restrict Duration of Easements

  • March 24, 2014
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Legislation limiting the use of an important tool for protecting military installations from encroachment was approved by a committee of the Kansas Senate Friday. Senate Bill 323 would limit the duration of conservation easements so they would end with the grantor’s death, reported the Lawrence Journal-World. DOD, the Kansas Governor’s Military Council and many landowners oppose the measure, saying it would restrict the benefit of a mechanism for preserving the missions of military installations …

‘Florida G.I. Bill’ Aims to Make State More Friendly to DOD, Veterans

  • March 12, 2014
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New legislation approved by the Florida Legislature will offer assistance combating encroachment to the state’s defense communities, out-of-state tuition for public universities to veterans and funds to market the state to veterans. The bill, unanimously passed by the House and Senate, provides $7.5 million to purchase buffer zones to protect three installations from encroachment — MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Mayport Naval Station in Jacksonville and Naval Support Activity Panama City. “It sends a signal to the BRAC commission as well that Florida wants to keep the installations we have and keep the people we have …

Congressman Urges SunZia to Divert Project from Missile Range

  • March 12, 2014
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New Mexico Rep. Steve Pearce (R) this week urged the developer of a proposed, 515-mile-long, high-voltage transmission line linking central New Mexico to southeastern Arizona to adopt a route that avoids White Sands Missile Range (WSMR), N.M, after being briefed on the results of a study by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Lincoln Laboratory. “The MIT Report validates DOD’s concerns that the construction of the above-ground SunZia transmission lines would threaten the defense mission at White Sands Missile Range …

Kansas Bill Defining Airport Hazards Garners Opposition from Military

  • February 27, 2014
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A measure introduced in the Kansas House limiting the definition of what is considered an airport hazard could jeopardize military activities throughout the state. House Bill 2652 restricts the definition of an airport hazard to physical structures only, a change which could permit land uses near airports that interfere with flight operations, reports the Lawrence Journal-World. Uses that attract birds and other wildlife, for example, threaten air safety. John Armbrust, executive director of the Kansas Governor’s Military Council, said the legislation “puts nearly all of our state’s military activities at risk.” Armbrust is the past president of ADC. The Army and Air Force have said the legislation would threaten training and deployment activities by allowing development to encroach on airfields, according to the story.

State Grant to Protect Central Florida Bombing Range from Encroachment

  • February 21, 2014
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Polk County will use a $200,000 state grant to buffer Avon Park Air Force Range in central Florida from future development. The county will use the grant, awarded through Enterprise Florida, to provide a local match for $800,000 it received from DOD’s Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration program, reported the Ledger. The funds will be used to acquire a portion of two tracts totaling 4,480 acres located a mile north of the bombing range, or to purchase a conservation easement …

NAS Whiting Field Secures Additional Land Buffer

  • February 18, 2014
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Naval Air Station Whiting Field recently secured a 490-acre buffer adjacent to the base, bringing the total protected area surrounding the installation located on the Florida Panhandle to about 3,500 acres. DOD and the state of Florida provided $1.2 million to secure the site. While the project achieves two important goals — protecting the installation from encroachment and supporting conservation — Santa Rosa County Commissioner Don Salter told WUWF that an additional buffer around the field will help protect it during a future BRAC round. Separately, Whiting Field has applied for a $5 million grant offered by the 2014 REPI Challenge, which is sponsored by DOD’s Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration program. If the installation wins, the funding would be matched by the state, allowing the Navy to purchase up to 10,000 acres north of the base.

Ft. Lee, Community Largely Compatible, Study Concludes

  • February 17, 2014
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Despite enjoying a burst of growth following the last BRAC round, Fort Lee is not adversely affected by Petersburg, Va., and other surrounding communities, according to a recently completed joint land use study for the post. The study, which was led by the Crater Planning District Commission, found that Fort Lee and its neighbors have a compatible growth pattern, reported the Progress-Index. Several of the study’s recommendations called for the post’s surrounding communities to develop a formalized regional approach to coordinate land use planning with Fort Lee …

Navy, Conservation Group Purchase Buffer for Bangor Sub Base

  • February 12, 2014
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The Navy, in partnership with the Trust for Public Land, has completed agreements to prevent development on 1,420 acres of land adjacent to operating ranges used by Naval Submarine Base Bangor in northwest Washington. The trust purchased the tracts and sold them to Ecotrust Forest Management under an easement purchased by the Navy that restricts development, reported the Kitsap Sun. The properties will remain as working forest and be open to the public …

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