Judge declines to stop the Growler overflights on Whidbey Island  – Seattle Times

A setback in the work to end the Growler overflight expansion. I think it might be appropriate for the judge in this case to go live in one of these homes for a month, then make a ruling.
Judge says citizens of Ebey’s Reserve failed to show the impact of Growler overflights was significantly worse than predicted by the Navy in 2005. Mike Carter reports. (Seattle Times)


Sounds of War: Navy Warplanes Producing Deadly Noise Around US Bases – Truthout

Local writer Dar Jamail has followed up his first controversial article on the Navy’s plans for the training of pilots over the Olympic Peninsula last fall, with a new article. In it he  documents concerns with noise levels citizens of Whidbey Island are experiencing, along with the thoughts of medical professionals who work in field of hearing loss, occupational and environmental medicine, among others. A good read.


Public meeting set in Port Townsend to discuss proposal to add 36 Growlers at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island – PDN

Despite what it might appear, the issue of Navy expansion of it’s training is an environmental issue. Noise pollution from Whidbey easily reaches both Port Townsend (16 nautical miles away) and the San Juans, sometimes late into the evening (up to midnight on some evenings in the summer). Additionally, sonar testing has unknown hazards for our endangered species like orcas, and the low level flying and electromagnetic warfare training on the far west end encroaches on the very basics of what a wilderness area is supposed to provide, which is naturally quiet space, as it is in nature. That’s why they restrict helicopters over the Grand Canyon to the west end of that wilderness park. So come out and make your presence known, and please contact Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell and US House Representative Derek Kilmer to let them know your thoughts.

The Navy plans a public meeting in Port Townsend in December on a proposal to increase the number of jets originating from its base on Whidbey Island. Navy officials will take public input on a proposed increase of up to 36 EA-18G Growler aircraft at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. An earlier proposal called for an additional 14 jets. The Port Townsend meeting will be from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 4 at Fort Worden Commons. It will be the first held on the proposal on the North Olympic Peninsula. Charlie Bermant reports. (Peninsula Daily News)


Tribes challenge PUD tidal turbine proposal – South Whidbey Record

We’ll have to keep an eye on this and see what it means to this project. The hearing started yesterday.

The Island County hearing examiner will listen for two days to arguments regarding permits for a proposed tidal turbine pilot project in waters off Whidbey Island. The Tulalip Tribes and the PC Landing Corp. are appealing permits issued by Island County for the temporary installation of two tidal energy generators in Admiralty Inlet and related onshore equipment structures. The project is proposed by Snohomish Public Utility District. The hearing starts Thursday, March 6. Jessie Stensland reports. (South Whidbey Record)

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Navy agrees to EIS on Growler jets – Skagit Valley News

This is news for the Olympic Peninsula because we are affected by their training flights over us, which happen often at night as late as midnight. I would like to see Jefferson County and Port Townsend weigh in with their thoughts on the EIS.

The U.S. Navy says it will prepare an Environmental Impact Statement that looks at the potential impact of adding 13 “Growler” fighter aircraft to the Whidbey Island fleet. The Navy this week issued a notice of intent to prepare an EIS assessing current and future operations of the Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, including operations at the Coupeville Outlying Field. An environmental group filed a lawsuit against the Navy in July seeking an EIS because of the potential impact on Ebey’s Landing, a National Historic Reserve managed by the National Park Service. Kimberly Cauvel reports.


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