The recent expansion of Navy training activities in the Northwest has many local residents concerned. Community members on Whidbey Island, the San Juans, and the Olympic Peninsula are disturbed by an increase in noise caused by new EA-18G “Growler” jets based at Naval Air Station Whidbey (NAS)—and a significant proposed expansion of daily Growler test flights. On Whidbey, communities have been additionally impacted by water system pollution caused by chemicals used for firefighting on NAS landing strips.
The new 30-minute film PLANE TRUTHS explores a variety of perspectives on these issues from farmers, current and retired military personnel, environmentalists and other citizens of the affected areas. Viewers will learn how the noise of the Growler jets has affected daily life and business operations in many communities, the regional environmental impacts of expanded Growler flights and newly approved Navy training in Olympic National Forest, potential economic ramifications of increased Navy activity and associated population growth, and the status of—and Navy response to—water system pollution on Whidbey Island.
PLANE TRUTHS will be shown at community screenings around our region. Watch a two-minute preview of the film below. View screening schedule >
“Plane Truths is brilliant…simmering…. Coupeville is like literally hundreds of other places around the US and the world where military operations have polluted the community’s water, assaulted its ears with deafening aircraft noises, and inserted war games into parks and onto beaches. Pentagon planners who launched the assault on Coupeville now face their anger and organized resistance.”
-Catherine Lutz, Professor of Anthropology and International Studies, Brown University, Author, Homefront: A Military City and the American Twentieth Century