JGPO holds public meeting on training range
Guam - It was Take Two for the military to gather input on their plans to build a live fire training range complex for U.S. Marines as the Joint Guam Program Office kicked-off the first of three scoping meetings this weekend. JGPO director Joe Ludovici hoped he and his team could provide some answer on several concerns from impacts of the watershed to the Fena Reservoir at Naval Magazine to concerns over traffic and noise.
"I think there's going to be an impact no matter what we do," said Ludovici. "I don't think there's anyway we're going to do this without affecting transportation, without affecting air space, without affecting a natural resource, we're going to have to find a way to manage around that. So yes, we're not going to be able to make a 100 percent of the people happy, there's going to have be an impact."
"I live in Yigo, I drive by Pagat everyday, I drive the back road to work everyday so this is going to be affect me and my day to day living and it's going to affect everyone on Guam in some way, so whether or not they're as invested as those who live on Guam or from Guam, I don't know if it's the same," commented We Are Guahan member Attorney Leevin Camacho. He was on hand to help residents understand what's ultimately at stake from whether the Department of Defense has considered all reasonable alternatives to safety, noise and cultural sites concerns.
The proposed firing range locations being considered are two locations on Route 15 close to Pagat and the other three on naval magazine. Public scoping meetings continue tonight at Southern High School and tomorrow at the Yigo Gym from 5 to 9 in the evening.