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Over 100 show up for Draft SEIS public hearing

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by Sabrina Salas Matanane

Guam - Last night in Mangilao more than 100 people showed up to learn more about and provide public comment about the Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement. Speaker Judi Won Pat said, "One of the biggest concerns I have with the Draft SEIS is that it doesn't offer realistic or concrete description of the impact on our island infrastructure nor does it identify legitimate funding sources for the impact - for example the SEIS states the impact to our water system would be less than significant however Chapter Four describes how they plan to drill wells install pumps construct a pipeline and water tank and install a system of pipes to connect the wells with an above ground holding tank how can these projects be described of having a less than significant impact on our already strained northern aquifer."

Joe Arnett declared, "My first concern is the safety and health and welfare of all of us here. There are threats in this area that continue to escalate. If history teaches us anything being not adequately prepared can be disastrous. We learn this not too long ago when the north Koreans threatened some missiles our way we think it can't happen but it can.  There are long held animosities among some of the Asian countries in our region and as prosperity continues those animosities will not only be accelerated. I wish were somewhere else but we are here. We're here in a strategic location and we need to be protected so our way of life can continue."

Michael Addy also said, "What I really wanted to say was this buildup is I think will work if we do It right when the first time they came out we didn't like it not in my backyard not this way it can't happen these folks at DOD went back and rewrote it...did a lot of work and changed a lot of things they made an effort to make this work for us - everyone here on this 200 hundred square mile island. This is where we all live we need to think solid about it the government is here if we work together put our mind together we can make this work but we need to have conditions that we love our island we protect our island this is all we have help us be good stewards in this work - work with us make it worked we can be one team. "

Victoria Leon Guerrero said, "Our hospitality should not compromise our dignity our community is distracted trying to figure out how we are going to host the marines but we are not taking care of ourselves we need the ability to figure out how we are going to care for ourselves the choice of bringing the marines here was not ours but once it became presented it became our only economic solution limiting our critical thinking skills and creativity to envision a better island that we don't have to stretch to far to come up with."

Public comments are being accepted until June 17th. You can read the Draft SEIS at GuamBuildupEIS.us.

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