Pat McElraft

Legislators vow regulations on windmills near military bases

December 22, 2016


Three local legislators have expressed a commitment to thwart industrial wind developments that would threaten training missions at Cherry Point.

Meeting with the base advocate group Allies for Cherry Point’s Tomorrow on Dec. 8, N.C. Sen. Norman Sanderson, R-Pamlico, Rep. Pat McElraft, R-Carteret and John R. Bell IV, R-Wayne expressed support for legislation that would tighten restrictions on commercial wind projects in eastern North Carolina.

“The problem is you’ve got counties with revenue coming in from the wind farms and they don’t have the love for the military like we do down here,” said McElraft. “So that’s a huge issue. So we’ve got to do something legislatively to protect the whole state and not necessarily county by county.” >>READ MORE