A representative excerpt from Congressional Hearings on
the overflight issue held in St. George, Utah last September. Congressman
John Ensign of Nevada is interrogating Jeri Ledbetter, who is speaking
on behalf of the Sierra Club…
mr. ensign. I guess my question may be to each one of you on the
panel: what is acceptable? How many flights are acceptable over
the Grand Canyon? What is acceptable to maybe the different groups
that are here? How many flights a day?
ms. ledbetter. The number of flights in 1987 was deemed inappropriate.
That is why the Overflights Act was passed in the first place.
mr. ensign. By whom deemed them inappropriate?
ms. ledbetter. By Congress.
mr. ensign. Okay. So is Congress…
ms. ledbetter. That is why they passed the Overflights Act, was
because the amount of noise was deemed inappropriate.
mr. ensign. In other words, what they proposed, is that acceptable
or do we need to go farther than that?
ms. ledbetter. I would say pre-1987 levels because that number
was already too many.
mr. ensign. Pre-1987.
ms. ledbetter. Yes.
mr. ensign. So 1986 is okay.
ms. ledbetter. Not necessarily, but I think that that is a good
place to start.
mr. ensign. What I am saying is: has the Sierra Club sat down and
said, “This is what we think would be acceptable”? In
other words, if we get to one point, are we there or have we got
to go farther?
ms. ledbetter. I do not think that you can say that a certain number
of flights a day is acceptable or unacceptable. You know, we have
been involved in this process for a long period of time. What we
have now is definitely unacceptable.
mr. ensign. To you, not to some other people.
ms. ledbetter. Well, you asked the question.