Guam – Speaker Judi Won Pat and a group of fellow Guam Senators are marching on the Fena Reservoir this afternoon [Friday].
A release from the Speaker’s Office says the lawmakers are demonstrating to demand the turnover of Guam’s water resources at no cost to the people of Guam and to further demand that the United States government prevent the military takeover of any more land or resources from the people of Guam.
The release goes onto state:
“The United States in 2002 made an agreement with Japan, without the consent of the people of Guam, for an unprecedented massive relocation and buildup of military forces from Okinawa to Guam to alleviate the protests of the people of Okinawa. An EIS done by the U.S. Department of Defense confirms that DoD will require additional water and intends to drill more wells into Guam’s aquifer and intends to continue its exclusive use and control of the water from Fena Reservoir unless the government of Guam pays $300 million dollars to the Navy The DoD has not committed any money to alleviate the predicted significant adverse impacts of this buildup on the already taxed civilian infrastructure.”
Since World War II, the United States has governed Guam as an unincorporated territory, has refused to grant its request for Commonwealth or any other political status. Guam remains the only island in Micornesia which has not been allowed to determine its political status with the United States, and remains one of 16 countries on the UN list of non-self governing territories. The military at the end of World War II took and still controls one third of the island’s land.”
“The Guam Legislature by its march today hopes to make it clear to President Obama and Congress that the people of Guam will not tolerate any further injustice to be done by the Navy or the Department of Defense on the people of Guam. They demand the return of Fena Lake to the people of Guam and for the military to cease its plans to expand its control of land and resources on Guam.”