More than 25 community organizations and residents delivered a letter to Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero on Monday requesting a follow-up meeting on their concerns about military buildup-related construction.
“We would like to hear back from you about efforts you have taken since our meeting on June 25, 2019, to learn more about and address the serious concerns that were raised,” the groups wrote.
The groups contend the proposed firing range complex on Northwest Field at Andersen Air Force Base "is being built in a historically, environmentally and culturally significant location that even the Navy’s environmental impact statement cited as having 'more adverse impacts than any of the other' location alternatives."
The groups asked the governor to call for a "complete halt on buildup construction at all sites identified for the firing range complex, and not just the area surrounding the Håyun Lågu tree, due to the project’s harmful impacts and irreversible damage to our people, our culture, our historical past, and our environment, including the potential for contamination to our island’s main source of drinking water.”
The groups calling for the governor's action include Independent Guåhan, Litekyan landowners' Prutehi Litekyan, Fuetsan Famalao’an, Guam Fishermen’s Cooperative Association, Organization of People for Indigenous Rights, Nasion CHamoru, Håya Foundation, Young Men’s League of Guam, Guåhan Coalition for Peace and Justice, Our Islands Are Sacred, Mañe’lon Marianas, Manhoben Para Guåhan, Chief Hurao Inc. and Ulitao Inc.
Duk Duk Goose Inc., GCC EcoWarriors, Micronesia Climate Change Alliance, ChamGlam Botanika, Health Shack, Z’s Green Canteen, Maisa, Alternative Zero Coalition, Guardians of Gani’, Tinian Women’s Assocation, PåganWatch, The Peace for Okinawa Coalition and David Lotz also are part of the coalition.