VICE SPEAKER CRUZ ASKS GOVERNOR FOR ASSURANCES THAT DRAFT EIS WILL HAVE THOROUGH REVIEW: WANTS CONTRACTED ADVISOR TO CONSULT LEGISLATURE
(October 7, 2009 – Hagåtña, Guam) In a letter delivered to Gov. Felix P. Camacho today, Vice Speaker Benjamin J.F. Cruz sought assurances that the issues raised in the Draft Environmental Impact Study on the military buildup will be adequately addressed. The Vice Speaker also sought clarification on Matrix Design Group, Inc. and its role as GovGuam’s advisor for the review and comment process. Cruz expressed concern that the advisor could ensure that GovGuam officials would be in a position to make informed decisions regarding the buildup within the 45-day review period. In his letter, Vice Speaker Cruz questioned the Legislature’s exclusion from consultation services in the Administration’s RFP for advisory services. Regarding the Legislature’s role in the buildup, Cruz stated, “Decisions that will be made on behalf of our people will not be made exclusively by the Administration. I submit that the Legislature will be a key component in the buildup process and that to fail to include the Legislature in the process will be to fail the people of Guam.” The Vice Speaker also informed Governor Camacho that he has requested Major General David Bice, executive director of the Joint Guam Program Office, to extend the allotted time for the DEIS review and comment.
For more information, contact the office of Vice Speaker Cruz at 477-2520/1.