Marine Corps representatives make presentation on Pamlico wind farm

Published: Friday, February 8, 2013 at 09:03 AM.

Heights for proposed wind turbines are as much as 500 feet.

Plummer showed maps that detailed the amount of Marine Corps airspace, which has dropped drastically since 1957 as the area has grown, including the addition of civilian airports.

Dave Plummer, the Marine Corps Installations East Regional Airspace Coordinator, gave a presentation on Cherry Point military aircraft radar and flight patterns. The needed airspace around the base for training includes lands in Pamlico County. The training includes manned and unmanned aircraft.

He also said that the tall wind turbines could create not just a radar problem, but a collision pattern problem.

He said that to force the jets to higher altitudes for their training would create a loss of effectiveness in the exercises.

Pamlico Commissioner Chairman Ann Holton addressed the audience before the presentation on the board’s responsibilities to keep the tax rate low by reducing county expenses and growing the local economy. She called wind energy a chance to increase the tax base and add jobs through clean economic development.

She added that because of the proximity to Cherry Point, the military’s input was a factor.

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