On Tuesday, March 19 &
20, 2012, the U.S. Navy will hold an “Open House Information Sessions”
from 5-8 P.M. about its plans to expand weapons testing along the Oregon
coast and over the state's entire air space. There are strong reasons
we should bother to attend the Navy's public relations event:
* To show the Navy that Oregon's coast is inhabited by real people
who care what becomes of our ocean, our coastline, our livelihoods,
and our personal safety and privacy.
* To demand why the Navy's February 27, 2012, Federal Register
notice calls the March 20 event a “scoping meeting” to identify community
concerns and accept “all comments, provided orally or in writing,” but
both the Navy's ad and its postcard announcement call it only an “open
house session,” specifically refusing to accept oral comments.
* To demand that the Navy hold a valid scoping meeting to ensure
meaningful public involvement in decisions affecting commercial, ecological
and quality-of-life concerns, such as impacts of explosions, sonar,
electromagnetic weapons, chemical pollution, and increased naval traffic
on fishing, recreation, wildlife and tourism, as well as the use of
air space over our entire state to test drone aircraft, atmospheric
aerosols, and unidentified weapons systems.
* To demand that the Navy hold valid scoping meetings not just
in Newport and Tillmook but also in all Oregon coast communities as
well as in the state capitol, in order to involve the public affected
by its plans.
Oregon Meeting Times, Dates & Locations
1) Tillamook, OR: Monday, March 19,
2012, 5:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m.
Tillamook County Fairgrounds Auditorium, 4603 E. 3rd Street, Tillamook,
2) Newport, OR: Tuesday, March
20, 2012, 5:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m.
Hatfield Marine Science Center, 2030 SE Marine Science Drive, Newport,
For More Information
U.S. Navy Website https://nwtteis.com/Home.aspx
U.S. Federal Register Notice
Carol Van Strum