Public Statement -
04/12/2005 - RE: Update on Runway 17- 35
Not counting Southern New Jersey and Montgomery
County, there are
approximately 315,000 residents in Delaware County whose quality of
life is threatened by the 17-35 Runway extension proposal at the
Philadelphia International Airport. Some of our political leaders have
not come out strongly against the runway extension. Note:
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Governor Edward G.
We are asking the same commitment from these
legislators as Senator
Corzine of New Jersey has made to the people he represents “ Senator
Corzine has stated.”serious concerns regarding the impact of this
project on the health, welfare and quality of life in communities in
southern New Jersey.... According to the DEIS,
both runway extension alternatives are being
considered first and separate from the other capacity enhancements. I
believe that is a mistake as it precludes the FAA from fully
considering all measures that can relieve air traffic, including those
that do not impact quality of life.
I must now formally oppose this
The problem is there is relatively only a very small number of people
who are aware their quality of life is in danger. We are asking you to
help reach out and inform the public, from Montgomery County, PA to
West Deptford, NJ and gain the satisfaction of knowing you were part of
a movement that successfully blocked the runway extension. We are going
to need your participation if we are to be successful.
You are being provided with three pieces of information. The first is a
handout that briefly explains our position. We are asking you to copy
and distribute the handout to as many people as you can. Your
neighbors, coworkers, pass them out at neighborhood sports events, food
stores, forward the information to members in your email system, etc.
If you are uncomfortable handing out literature alone, contact me and I
will get you company.
The second is a detailed list of the negative affects residents living
in our communities will suffer from the completion of Runway 17-35.
The third is what has to be done to get the attention of our
legislators to join us in blocking the runway extension. Our political
committee people are not in favor of the runway extension. Let their
voices be the loudest voices in opposition to the runway extension the
senators and congressmen hear.
Three points should be made to our legislators:
1- We, the public, do not want this runway extended
and have our quality of life disrupted.
2- As Senators and Congressmen, you have the power to block
the 17-35 Runway extension.
3- We, the people, will accept no excuses for not
having Runway 17-35 extension blocked. Just
Members of the coalition have worked hard to get us to this point. It
is now up to all of us to work together to preserve our quality of
life. Lets do it now.
1- Information/legislators names and communication information.
2- A copy of this guide.
Click on one of links below to download the coalition information
does it come from?
The FAA was reauthorized (HR-2115) by Congress in
late 2003 for 60 billion dollars to be distributed over 4 years. The
bill included funding for airport expansion and National
The FAA points runways and planes at people because federal law says it
can. How did your Senator
member vote? Some elected representatives actually issued yes
for FAA Reauthorization. Some representatives did issue no
Regardless of the vote, the bill was neither written nor ammended to
the residents of Southern New Jersey, New Castle County, DE and
Delaware County, PA.