2 Jul 2007

Guam government says land protest won't hold up construction of US military base

6:59 pm on 2 July 2007

The office of Guam's Governor, Felix Camacho, says it doesn't expect protest action by Urunao landowners to hamper planned construction by the US military in their area.

About 400 Urunao landowners are concerned that they are being kept in the dark about how their land is to feature in the construction plans for the US military's pending build-up with the relocation of 8,000 Marines from Okinawa to Guam.

The Marianas Variety newspaper reports that some of the landowners have blocked off the access road leading to their property.

The Governor's spokesman, Shawn Gumataotao says the military are planning construction on land the federal government legitimately owns.

But he concedes that access to and from that property is the issue:

"It's been an issue for, gosh, on six years now, and they (the military) are working with the landowners individually to cmoe to some resolution. It's not going to be an easy one, considering the amount of activity that's going to be in that area on the footprint that belongs to the federal government."