Residents Claim To Be "In It For The Long Haul"
Backed by local and state officials,
residents of Delaware County in Southeastern Pennsylvania are
gearing up for a huge fight with the FAA over plans to reroute
Eastern Seaboard traffic over their houses.
It's an ongoing battle over noise -- and that's the one thing
that most concerns Taylor Hospital Board member Hank Eberle, who's
also the mayor of Ridley Park.
"Planes would be just flying a couple thousand feet over the
hospital, windows would vibrate, doctors will be operating,
patients will have a lot of noise," said Eberle to the DelCo Times,
on the FAA's proposed flight paths are implemented to reduce flight
To make their feelings known, Delaware County officials recently
fired off a letter to the FAA in Washington... saying the new plan
would increase noise levels up to 900-percent for some
"The FAA's preferred alternative would have planes leaving
Philadelphia International Airport in a westerly direction,
immediately banking to the right and flying over the Delaware
County neighborhoods instead of staying over the Delaware River,"
County Council Chairman Andrew J. Reilly told the paper.
Reilly added that although federal law requires public hearings
over any such rerouting, "hardly any public discussion with any
municipal or county officials was held in this process."
County leaders say they're banding together with town
governments and anyone else they can find to oppose the new traffic
proposal before it's made effective.
Already, Delaware County has put the FAA on notice... this plan
will end up in the courts before it ends up in the skies over
"I’ve heard it 10 times, I’ve heard it a 100:
you’re not going to be able to fight the FAA -- we are going
to be able to fight the FAA," Reilly said.
"And we’re going to be in it for the long haul."