Navy Special Operations ESA Comments

From the West Coast Action Alliance:

The Navy has opened for comment an Environmental Assessment (EA) for Special Operations in which Navy SEALs stage covert small-team landings via mini-subs and small boats, with up to 20 personnel concealing themselves ashore for up to 72 hours, plus mock gun battles with paintballs, called “direct actions.” Although the Navy owns 46 miles of shoreline in the Pacific Northwest and more than 151,000 acres of land here, this combat training will occur in our communities, boat marinas, 65+ state parks, public beaches, and on some private lands in Puget Sound and on the outer coast. It’s possible that this training may entail climbing some of the steep glacial till cliff faces around Port Townsend, which local residents and property owners know are already dangerously eroding. One of the places selected for mock gun battles with paintballs includes the Memorial Peace Park atop the bluffs at Fort Worden, which some residents interpret as a stick in the eye, not to mention being an assault on a place that has historic, cultural and spiritual value.

And here is how you can submit official comments: Click here.

Here’s a map of training sites. Click to enlarge. Purple = combat training. Most of these are civilian-populated areas with ecologically sensitive shorelines.

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