• Environmental Advocacy Group Sues to Block Marines Corps Realignment

    Environmental Advocacy Group Sues to Block Marines Corps Realignment0

    A federal lawsuit filed last week by environmental advocacy group Earthjustice seeks to stop the relocation of 5,000 Marines from Okinawa to Guam, claiming the Navy’s record of decision for the move failed to consider the disruption to communities and the environmental destruction that would result from training the troops on the Northern Mariana Islands of Tinian and Pagan. “The Navy’s decision would have devastating consequences for the people of Tinian and Pagan,” Earthjustice attorney David Henkin said in a press release. Communities on Tinian would be subjected to high-decibel noise, as well as restricted access to traditional fishing grounds, cultural sites and beaches …

  • DOD Releases Funds for Civilian Water, Wastewater Projects on Guam0

    The Defense Department has obligated $55.7 million for civilian water and wastewater improvement projects related to the realignment of Marines from Okinawa to Guam, Del. Madeleine Bordallo said this week. The funds were authorized in the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill and are part of a $106.4 million appropriation for public infrastructure projects approved by Congress. Language Bordallo added to this year’s defense policy bill would authorize the remaining funds. About 5,000 Marines and 1,300 dependents will be moving from Okinawa to Guam …

  • Marine Corps Realignment on Guam May Be Tipping Point in Drive for Independence0

    The prospect of accommodating a Marine Corps base appears to be pushing sentiment among Guam residents toward seeking greater rights from the United States, through either statehood or independence. Guam, a U.S territory, already is home to Andersen Air Force Base and Naval Station Guam. Starting in 2022, 5,000 Marines and 1,300 dependents will be moving from the Japanese island of Okinawa to Guam, a 30-mile-long island of 160,000 people. Local opposition prompted the United States to scale down its original plan to relocate 10,000 Marines to Guam. Even with the smaller buildup, the island’s residents, who are U.S. citizens, are starting to reconsider their status as a territory …