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GPA opposes passage of Bill 11

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by Sabrina Salas Matanane

Guam - Several bills related to the Chamorro Land Trust Commission went up for public hearing including Bill 11, introduced by Senator Ben Pangelinan. The legislation would authorize land once set aside for the Guam Power Authority to build its integrated headquarters to instead by transferred to the CLTC, which in turn would lease the property to GPA for 99 years.

In exchange, GPA would either provide cash payments or in lieu of that the utility agency would provide services to the commission for the installation of infrastructure such as power and water. Guam Power Authority General Manger Joaquin Flores testified against the bill, saying, "GPA opposes the bill since it will force higher rates to ratepayers. When the cost of power already challenges our ratepayers at a time when GPA is aggressively pursuing all measures possible to help customers cope with high cost of fuel, and to keep rates affordable."

Public law already provides the land to be given to GPA. Flores testified he is disheartened with the new bill because they have been working on securing the land for almost two decades, which included environmental impact and financial studies.

The land is located along Route 15.

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