Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Ellsworth bomber range expansion going down in heavy flak

Montana Governor Steve Bullock and the state's congressional delegation are calling on federal officials to stop or make changes to the proposed expansion of the Powder River Training Complex over the Dakotas, Montana and Wyoming.
Bullock said in a letter dated Monday to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx that the proposal should be dropped. And if it moves forward, the Democratic governor asked for changes, including more measures to protect civilian aircraft from harm. The Air Force acknowledged in a study released Nov. 28 that the low-altitude flights and loud sonic booms have the potential to startle ranchers, recreationists and those living on four reservations in the region. [Associated Press]
Senator don Juan Thune (earth hater-SD) needs to land a major policy achievement to maintain any credibility among his party's faithful: he is failing to do that.

PRTC is to Montana as the Keystone XL pipeline to the US: only politicians win anything. No deposit, no return.

Thank you, Montana. Peace on Earth, good will to sage grouse, tribal nations and general aviation.


Anonymous said...

Since this is a Dakota project, instead of infringing on MT and WY, why not expand to the east so that the planes stay in the Dakotas air space?

larry kurtz said...

Short answer? NIMBY; yet Bakken, Keystone pipeline when oil cheap as dirt okay. Crazy-making, init?