Craven board opposes wind energy complex near military bases

Published: Monday, October 8, 2012 at 09:46 AM.

The resolution notes that since 1957, the Marine Corps has lost about 85 percent of flight training airspace in Eastern North Carolina due to encroachment.

The airspace for training stretches five miles north and five miles south of the route’s center line, and the proposed turbines happen to cover the entire area north of the center line. The area south of center is restricted now because it is within a Bird/Aircraft Strike Hazard or BASH zone, which prevents flights below 3,000 feet.

The wind turbines could also pose compatibility issues because of their electromagnetic signature that can compromise radar, electronic systems and other communications for air traffic controller, fire desk operators and unmanned aircraft observers, according to the resolution.

The resolution said that defense spending accounted for $4.06 billion in the state in 2011 with a $26 billion total annual impact on the state’s economy.

It calls for stricter permitting and public input processes for wind and power solar generation, which includes an appraisal assessment and potential effect of properties near proposed projects.

The resolution calls on the General Assembly to pass legislation blocking all encroachment to military training routes without state approval. 

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