Tim Crowley, communications director for Lt. Gov. Perdue, sent me an email tonight with the Lt. Governor's position on the Navy's OLF plans.
"An OLF shouldn't be forced on a community that doesn't want it. I continue to believe the Navy should find a suitable location for an OLF in our state." Lt. Gov. Beverly Perdue
Lt. Gov. Perdue is the most senior state official to speak out publicly against the Navy's plans to force its way into Washington County. Her statement will be a significant boost to farmers and environmentalists concerned about the destructive impacts an OLF would have on families and communities in northeast North Carolina. People alarmed about the risk to Navy pilots of bird strikes near the Pocosin Wildlife Refuge will also welcome her statement.
FACT: With years of fighting under their belts already, the people living near the proposed landing field in Washington County clearly do not want an OLF in their community.
FACT: North Carolina's Lieutenant Governor - the woman who will very likely be next governor of our state - says the OLF shouldn't be forced on them.
FACT: The Navy has been specifically directed take seriously the positions of North Carolina's elected officials.
FACT: Other North Carolina sites are much more well suited for an OLF than Site C. People around Cherry Point, Camp Lejeune and Jacksonville are eager for the OLF to be sited in their part of the state.
This is a big and welcome announcement. Thank you, Lieutenant Governor Perdue.