Guam – In preparation for the marine firing range scoping meetings that begin tomorrow “We Are Guahan” has launched a website and what they are calling the “not one more acre” initiative.
These scoping meetings will allow island residents to provide comments on what they want the Department of Defense to include in it’s upcoming Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement study on the firing range complex. ]
DOD decided to conduct this supplemental EIS after “We Are Guahan” the Guam Preservation Trust and the National Trust for Historic Preservation sued DOD over it’s selection of Pagat as the preferred site for a firing range complex for marines.
DOD is now also considering the naval magazine area however Pagat is still an option.
We Are Guahan’s Cara Flores Mays is concerned with the weapons that will be fired at the proposed range. “For instance the maximum range that a 50 cal machine gun can reach is four miles, Payless and our Lady of Lourdes church can be reached by a 50 cal machine gun,” said Mays.
Mays adds that DOD already controls almost 36 thousand acres of Guam which is why they are launching their “not one more acre initiative”. She encourages everyone to visit www.notonemoreacre.com for more information.