ABOUT THE BRIEFING PROJECT
Seeking to change the course of an $670 Million government agency, one citizen seeks to “brief” five elected officials making a choice between untethered economic growth and harm to humans and the environment that results from airplane noise and emissions - all during public meeting comments, two minutes at a time, over twelve-months.
The Briefing Project is an in-production documentary blending investigative journalism, citizen activism, editorial commentary, and a bit of reality-show "it's happening right now" intensity.
Getting started? All episodes can be watched on this page; or read the transcript for Episode 1 below!
EPISODE 1 – THE BRIEFING YOU SHOULD HAVE HAD
January 30, 2018
"Nine months ago, this commission asked for briefings from the FAA, and from your staff. These briefings were supposed to address questions about “the impacts of NextGen flight procedures on local communities”. And questions about the FAA’s role” in “addressing aircraft noise and other community impacts.” And how these issues impact our “quality of life.”
But you never actually got the briefings you asked for.
Now, it is true that on April 25th, the FAA and your staff did each make presentations. They lasted 43 minutes. But these presentations - if we measure them by the topics they chose to omit – were misleading.
They spoke about the benefits of NextGen, but they failed to brief you on the developing scientific record about the harm to human health from increased aircraft noise and emissions. They failed to brief you on the rebellions underway in communities across the country because of NextGen. They failed to brief you on the nationwide lawsuits against the FAA over NextGen. And they failed to brief you on pending state and federal legislation seeking to address the danger to human health and the environment from NextGen’s increased aircraft operations.
In light of these omissions, I think it is fair to conclude that the April 25th presentations were … incomplete. And inadequate.
I’ve come here to give you the briefing that you actually asked for. The full-story, no sugar-coating, fact-based briefing that you should have had.
Of course, this is public comment. So my briefing will come to you in two-minute public comment segments. I commit I will spend the no more time – 43 minutes – than you provided the FAA and staff. I expect it will take 10 months to complete.
My briefing will continue at the next public comment. Thank you."
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