Articles filed under Safety from North Carolina

Seymour Johnson commander calls for "status quo" as NC considers wind farm ban

Seymour Johnson's Col. Donn Yates didn't specifically endorse the bill, but he told state senators that he needs "the status quo" to train jet pilots at low altitude in North Carolina. Senate Bill 377 would block windmills across hundreds of square miles in the state, protecting military training runs not only in eastern North Carolina but through a smaller swath of the western part of the state as well.
11 Apr 2019

Bill would prohibit new wind farms in coastal swath

"The comprehensive mapping effort, if used as a template, should provide the state compatible growth around military installations that doesn’t interfere with ranges and military installation missions," retired Maj. Gen. Robert Dickerson and retired Lt. Gen. Gary McKissock said in a joint statement. "This proposal brings clarity to an issue that may possibly weigh against North Carolina's military installations in future [base closure] evaluations.”
28 Mar 2019

Jones: Bill won't affect wind farm

A bill cosponsored by U.S. Rep. Walter Jones is designed to curb construction of wind farms near military installations but will not affect the nearly completed $400 million Amazon Wind Farm US East project, a spokeswoman for the congressman said Wednesday.
25 Jan 2017

The Winds of Green War: Turbines in North Carolina threaten a crucial military radar

Donald Trump has encouraged his cabinet nominees to take the initiative as soon as they’re on the job, and one area ripe for action is reversing the Obama Administration’s habit of letting its green-energy obsessions interfere with national defense. A good place to start is reviewing a wind farm that could compromise a crucial U.S. defense radar in southern Virginia.
23 Jan 2017

Wind Farm Bill Got Caught in Turbulence

This year’s bill, The Military Operations Protection Act, was pitched by the senator as a way to make sure projects aren’t built that are incompatible with military flight paths. But critics have called it an attack on wind energy since it eliminates much of the state, including major portions of Eastern North Carolina, as potential sites for wind energy projects.
8 Jul 2016

Senator will again try to ban wind towers near military bases

“Make no mistake – if we fail to fully protect our military installations, decision-makers in Washington could award them to states that will, and our local communities will be left picking up the pieces. Three taxpayer subsidized wind projects that create few jobs for North Carolinians should not take priority over the hundreds of thousands of jobs and tens of billions of dollars that we could jeopardize if we fail to stand up for our military.”
7 Jul 2016

Proposed wind farms feeling blowback in Eastern NC

The legislation, House Bill 763, prohibits the skyscraping wind turbines from going up in military flight paths. The bill, which applies safety standards that are stricter than those typically used by the Department of Defense, passed the state Senate this week and now awaits a vote in the House.
23 Jun 2016

Bill blocking wind farms in military zones clears Senate

The bill, which now heads to the House after a 33-14 vote, would prohibit the facilities in a large swatch of central and eastern North Carolina. The measure got support from senators concerned that allowing tall wind turbines in low-altitude training routes for jets and helicopter would strike a blow against preserving units at military installations.
21 Jun 2016

Bill blocks wind turbines

“This new regulation will clearly prevent land-based wind farms in North Carolina,” he said. “Wind farms would be barred in every color (zone) that you see on the map. Much of the remaining area includes major urban centers or are places otherwise unsuitable for wind energy. … No wind developer will commit millions of dollars to develop a project that will have to hit a moving regulatory target … If this passes in its current form, there’s likely to be no future land-based wind energy in North Carolina.” 
19 Jun 2016

Military seeks restrictions on N.C. wind farm growth

Military jets will not be able to safely swoop in low for combat training at the Dare County Bombing Range if 30-story wind turbines stand in the way, according to a military report. The Department of Defense seeks to establish a joint land-use study or agreement with eastern North Carolina counties that would limit construction of wind farms.
15 Jan 2014
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