Monday, June 22, 2009

No Federal Government Land Condemnations in Eastern Guam

Federal government will not condemn eastern Guam property
By Sabrina Salas Matanane
Published Jun 22, 2009

200 landowners along the eastern coast of Guam can breathe a sigh of relief now that the feds will not be condemning their property. Property owners began complaining when they received letters from the Navy to conduct land surveys on their property.

Senator Judi Guthertz (D), who chairs the Committee on Guam's Military Buildup, says she's received assurances from the Joint Guam Program Office that the Navy's survey will strictly be used as a study to determine potential environmental impacts to future military activities on Guam. "I wanted them to reiterate in writing that they have no intention of condemning land and that this is strictly voluntary on the part of the landowners that will not be forced. If they don't want to do it, they don't have to do it. And if they do agree, the results of the survey will be made available to them," she told KUAM News.

Guthertz encourages landowners who do not wish to participate in the land surveys to make their intentions known, but reminds those that do, will have access to the data about their respective properties to include what cultural and natural resources they possess and other pertinent land information.

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