West Deptford residents raise noise over runway expansion
-- West Deptford, NJ is right across the river from PHL. Most homes would be impacted by the noise and air pollution. PHL has already started landing big jets onto 17-35 from New Jersey. Nice. During the FAA reauthorization last year, Lautenberg and the NJ delegation thought representation of the controller's union was more important than the interests of people that voted them into office. How can this be legal?
At 11:08 AM 4/28/04 -0400, Stephen Donato wrote:
From the Sunday Philadelphia Inquirer.
Snipped from article below:
Southwest is concerned about the close proximity of the runways in Philadelphia, which can create delays. But the airline has a plan to counter the problem. Scarbrough said Southwest flights would "duck down under" the heavy air traffic in the congested Northeast corridor and approach the city at 10,000 to 12,000 feet - about half of the normal altitude. The result is a compromise. "We'll sacrifice gas efficiency," Scarbrough said, "to get onto the runways without delays."
Letter from West Deptford residents regarding 17-35 extension Dated May 18. 2004
What can you do to prevent your house from looking like this one above?
Here is some of the information we told you we would send with regards to the air traffic over West Deptford Township.
This is the link to the airport site: http://www.phlrunway17-35eis.com/site-map.htm
Here is a link to a citizen awareness group in Wilmington you should take a look at:
This link is also very informative as Trenton-Mercer airport is also proposing an expansion and the citizens are quite upset. This site gives an example of a letter to send to the government officials.
Please write to Congressman Andrews and Senator Lautenberg as soon as possible explaining your dissatisfaction with the runway 17-35 expansion plan. Explain how you just moved into a brand new community and mention how our riverfront is being developed. Tell them of the other new communities that will be impacted by the additional air traffic of jets. Tell them about the ball fields and the park that our township children play on. Let them know that any increase in noise level and pollution is considered unsatisfactory.
For your information, Soutwest Airlines, which just began service to our airport, only flies 737's. Also, by next year, more regional jets, turbo planes, and other jets will be using the Philadelphia International Airport.
Everyone needs to be heard! Everyone!!
Below you will find the office addresses of these officials as well as links to send an e-mail to them (this is the preferred method of correspondence). We will also be writing a petition which you will hear about shortly. On Friday afternoon we went to speak with Gerald White, West Deptford's township administrator. He said they are preparing a resolution to federal officials as well as the FAA that states opposition to any negative effects on our community. The township will also have their environmental engineer secure information on the key decision-making timetables established by the FAA. We were encouraged to involve the community by way of letters to federal/state officials and petitions.
We all need to become involved in order to make a difference. Please forward this mailing to as many residents as you know. We need to get this out to the entire township. If you can help in getting the petition signed or if you can take a copy to another location so that other neighborhoods can also sign, please replyback to us.
U.S. Representative Robert E. Andrews
63 N. Broad St
Woodbury, NJ 08096
(856) 546 - 5100
U.S. Senator Frank R. Lautenberg
One Port Center
Suite 505, Fifth Floor
2 Riverside Drive
Camden, NJ 08101
Phone: (856) 338-8922
Fax: (856) 338-8936
Please write now. Carol Drummond and Judy Fish