As stipulated by Judge Jones, the Navy has met with Citizens of Ebey’s Reserve (COER) and the State of Washington to discuss an interim remedy while the environmental impact statement is revised. Those talks have broken down.
COER’s main request of the Navy has been rolling back carrier landing practices to pre-ROD levels. The Navy has argued that national defense demands there be no rollback. Without offering even a glimmer of concession on this key issue, the Navy has revealed its “good neighbor” policy is just lip-service propaganda and that it will use national defense to excuse anything it wants.
The failure to come close to an accord means we are to enter the briefing phase in which COER, the state, and the Navy will be preparing briefs back-and-forth during October and November. The briefs attempt to justify each party’s reasoning for or against requested relief measures, and thereafter the judge will decide what relief is to be applied. We will post the briefs on our website as they happen.