Leading from the Left

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Could Victory Against OLF be Near?

The N&O reports this morning that the Navy may be nearing a decision to back off siting an OLF (Outlying Landing Field) in Washington and Beaufort Counties in eastern NC.

The proposed OLF would be sited on roughly 30,000 acres near the Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge. Pocosin Lakes is a major winter habitat for birds from across North America, and siting the OLF there threatened to disrupt migratory patterns of a number of bird species.

The OLF has been opposed by environmentalists and locals for several years, but recently Republican Senators Richard Burr and Elizabeth Dole voiced opposition. The Navy seems poised to look elsewhere now. Great news for the environment.