Guam – Senator Judi Guthertz says the Final Environmental Impact Statement on the Guam military buildup still has some “fundamental” errors.
Earlier this year, Guthertz had already cited what she called “numerous errors” and misstatements discovered by reviewers of the draft EIS.
Now she is highlighting errors in the Final EIS.
In a release, she states the “FEIS … still gets some fundamental matters … wrong …such as how much Guam land the federal
government and military controls.”
Guthertz also states that the FEIS is also wrong in concluding that Guam land ownership has no restrictions based on residency or nationality. She called that “Simply not true.”
The Senator, who Chairs the Legislature’s Buildup Committee, states “the common belief on Guam is that the military controls about a third of the land, but military land returns in recent years have reduced that acreage to about 26% or 33,500 acres. The military should take credit for returning 8.447 percent of Guam’s land during the recent decades.”
“However,” states Guthertz, “We all know that there are further acres that are not needed and should be declared as excess.” But instead she points out “the FEIS shows that the military wants some 1,770 more acres for the Pagat Range Complex and new military housing.”
The release states that “Guthertz has persistently maintained that the military could accomplish its buildup goals within the present Guam property it owns without use of land condemnation, but the FEIS makes it crystal clear that this will be a possibility if deals can’t be negotiated with landowners.”