Fear is that project could negatively impact Cherry Point

Published: Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 02:09 PM.

Havelock commissioners approved a resolution opposing North Carolina wind projects in low-level military flight training areas Monday night.

The resolution is similar to one passed by commissioners in Wayne and Craven counties.

At issue is a proposed windmill farm that would involve construction of 49 wind turbines at a height of more than 500 feet in nearby Beaufort County.

The resolution states that the turbines are directly in a training route used by Air Force F-15 Strike Eagles to transit from Seymour-Johnson Air Force Base in Goldsboro to the Dare County Bombing Range.

It also states that the wind project may also affect Cherry Point radar capability and thus hinder the mission of the Marine Corps.

The resolution states that the electromagnetic signatures of the turbines can interfere with communications and create false targets or obscure targets from radar.

"This causes serious problems for military air traffic controllers, fire desk operators, and unmanned aircraft collision avoidance observers, who depend on crisp, uncluttered radar display to manage and direct aircraft movement," according to the resolution. "Wind turbines increase the likelihood of collisions and make it more difficult for on-site defense forces to identify potential threats in time to react effectively."

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