Senators to ask governor, U.S. leaders to stop training range construction

Senator Telena Nelson (PNC file photo)

The office of Vice Speaker Telena Nelson has announced that she and senators of the 35th Guam Legislature are releasing two resolutions on Monday that will call on Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero and members of the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate to stop military construction on Guam.

Specifically, the resolutions will call for a stop in the clearing, pre-construction, data recovery and construction activities related to the U.S. Department of the Navy’s proposed Live-Fire Training Range Complex at Northwest Field, or Tailalo, adjacent to Litekyan (Ritidian) in order to ensure the protection of the environment and cultural resources of the northern coastline of Guam.

Vice Speaker Nelson will introduce the resolutions Monday morning and the final version of the resolutions will be distributed afterward.

The governor last week agreed to a limited pause of military construction around certain areas where rare trees and artifacts have been found.

But activists are calling for a complete stop to all military construction related to the buildup, not just a pause.

Activist groups are also campaigning against the signing of the Programmatic Agreement because they oppose all buildup construction.

As of June 19, a petition opposing any establishment of a military firing range complex on island and the degradation and militarization of native lands has already garnered 12,013 signatures.

Independent Guåhan, along with Prutehi Litekyan: Save Ritidian, Micronesia Climate Alliance, and Manhoben Para Guåhan (Youth for Guam) have also requested the governor to reconsider the dismissal of Guam State Historic Preservation Officer Lynda Aguon.