was held 21 March. We packed the high school auditorium and the cafiteria. I dont know the exact numbers of people, but alot of people where making verbal comments as well as a ton of written comments.
Many of the speakers talked about how this OLF is being built as a dumping ground for the people of VA. We had one farmer talk about the responsiblity of taking care of his cows, and how its the responsibility of the owning farmer to keep the cow on his own lands and its not the responsibility of his neighbor to accept the cow shit from his neighbors cow. That got a roar of applauses.
The Navy officer who was moderating this took some heat also from one of the speakers and this was commented on by alot of folks. This JAG Captain would call you to the mic, and then basically not look at you while you where speaking, and then when u where done, say "thank you for your comment, next speaker is xxx". that too, got a rise.
One speaker asked one of the senior Officers about a report that was the basis of all the numbers for the FEIS and SEIS. This report is what is used by the noise generating report to figure out all the noise contour or dB DNL contour lines. This Officer did not know what this report was. That also got a huge response.
Many of the Washington/Beaufort County folks where in attendance at this also.. They truely are saying to the Navy, this is a regional issue and we wont be divided and concured.
We also stated that this OLF is a regional problem and we stand by the folks of Washington/Beaufort County.
Mrs. Dole, Mr. Burr, we have laid the ground work for you, listen to us. We are not a small vocal minority. We are a large vocal majority. Come join us. We have done what you asked, we have within the process, told the Navy in no uncertian terms that we do not want this thing.
In Perquimans County all three local governments stood up and said these studies are flawed, they do not properly represent our county, AND we do not want this thing in our county.