Navy Wraps Up Public Scoping Meetings for the EA-18G EIS

NAVAL AIR STATION WHIDBEY ISLAND, Wash. – – Officials from NAS Whidbey Island the Navy’s Fleet Forces Command, held their third public scoping for the Environmental Impact Study at Anacortes Middle School on Thursday, December 5, from 4 – 8 p.m.
Over 340 people attended the three public meetings. The first meeting was held at Coupeville’s high school and the second at Oak Harbor High School.

During the meeting at Oak Harbor High School, County Commissioner Jill Johnson, Oak Harbor Mayor Scott Dudley, and Oak Harbor’s Chamber of Commerce President, Jason McFadyen, presented letters and a resolution of support, an economic impact study, and petitions in support of the EIS, base and its operational missions.

Representatives from the Concerned Citizens of the Ebey Reserve were also on hand and presented petitions, reports and other information in opposition to the Navy’s use of the Outlying Landing Field in Coupeville.

Both groups presented information to Capt. Mike Nortier, NAS Whidbey Island’s commanding officer and posed for group photographs. Nortier accepted both presentations as part of the Navy’s process to gather information as part of the EIS process. His acceptance of the information was not an endorsement of the information presented.

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