TF Green Hires Lawyer to Lobby on Runway Project

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TF Green hires lawyer to lobby on runway project

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WARWICK, R.I. (AP) – T.F. Green Airport has hired a Warwick

attorney to lobby members of the city council who have filed a

lawsuit challenging plans to extend the runway.

Rhode Island Public Radio reports ( ) that

the Rhode Island Airport Corp. has retained K. Joseph Shekarchi

(Sheh-KAR'-chee) to try to negotiate a settlement with the Warwick

City Council. The council filed suit in federal court last month

over the Federal Aviation Administration's approval of the

extension project.

Critics say the FAA didn't do enough to consider health and

environmental threats posed by the project.

Business and labor groups have called on Warwick to withdraw the

lawsuit. They say challenging the federal government's decision

will delay an important economic development project.


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