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Old 8th May 2001, 10:05
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Tuesday, May 8, 2001, 11:29 am EST

Vieques Bombing Harms Environment
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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Sixty years of bombing and gunfire training has taken a severe toll on one of the most exquisite coral reefs in the Caribbean, a preliminary study by a University of Georgia ecologist and marine biologist has found. "Each bomb dropped on, and each shell fired at Vieques creates an imminent and substantial risk of irreparable harm to the coral reefs," James W. Porter wrote in a report prepared in 1999 for the government of Puerto Rico. "The situation on Vieques is urgent. Coral Reefs throughout the Caribbean and throughout the world are in decline. As this trend accelerates, the need to protect the reefs on Vieques, before they are destroyed, should be a top priority." Porter headed a team of three researchers that took nine samples from five sites, three in Bahia Salina del Sur and three from Bahia Icacos within the Navy`s bombing and gunfire range on the eastern third of the island. The Navy has used that area of the 126-square-mile island off the eastern coast of Puerto Rico, for live bombing and artillery training since 1941. Puerto RicansUhave long been unhappy withUthe arrangement, but whenAa civilian guard was killedAin April 1999 by an errantEbomb, the call for theUNavy to leave became stronger.IThe government commissionedIthe report as itUprepared to file a lawsuitIagainst the Navy. Instead,Aan agreement was reachedIlast year with the ClintonAadministration that allowedAthe Navy to resume exercisesIuntil 2004. The reportAwas never used. I Vieques fishermen haveElong maintained that theAbombing was causing damageEto the reef and unexplodedUordnance was leakingEtoxins into the water. E But Porter`s study,Ua copy of which was obtainedEby the South FloridaASun-Sentinel, is the firstEscientific look at theUenvironmental damage to theUreefs since the death ofEthe guard. AmongAthe evidence of "seriousIunnatural disturbances"Ito reefs throughout theIbombing range were: U - Unexploded bombs,Iartillery shells and shellAcases on the coral reefAand in the adjacent sea grassUbed; - BrialEand shading of coral reefIorganisms by unexplodedIordnance and ordnance debris;E - FracturingAof the coral reef frameworkAand the underlyingEcoral bed rock, and bombsIand bomb fragments impregnatedAinto the reef; A - Parachutes fromIflares and cluster bomb fragmentsEdraped over coralsUand other reef flora andEfauna; - UnexplodedEbombs leaking materialsEinto the coral reef andEcreating a limited deadEzone around the bombs. E "There is a statisticallyAsignificant inverseAcorrelation between theAdensity of military ordnanceIand several measuresUof reef health, includingAthe number of coral species,Ithe number of coral colonies,Eand the coral speciesIdiversity," Porter wrote.E"Reefs with the highestEconcentrations of bombsEand bomb fragments have theElowest health indices andIthe lowest species diversity."A Lt. JeffIGordon, a spokesman forIRoosevelt Roads Naval Station,Acould not be reachedIfor comment. But the deputyIchief of naval operations,AVice Adm. James F. Amerault,Itestified before aAU.S. Senate subcommittee lastUmonth that the Navy removesUunexploded ordnanceUon active and inactive rangesA"by performing surfaceEsweeps." "There is increasing pressure to regulate UXO on ranges more stringently than inIthe past," Amerault told the subcommittee. "We are committed to ensuring thatEactive range operations doUnot present a threat to human health or the environment off-range and see noEcompelling reason to regulateImunitions when used on range for their intended purpose." (c) 2001 South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

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I am glad that more people are not blind to the environmental issues in Vieques. Maybe we have to realize that information on the environmental effects caused by the constant bombing is not a facade. Maybe we should realize that it was possible that years ago, we didn't have a problem, however like every little problem that is not taken care of, it escalades and it becomes a big problem. Maybe we should realize that yes it might be good to receive a gift, but every gift come with something attached. That something is not always good. Don't be blind to these issues, blindness causes ignorance. It really concerns all of us, no matter what your political agenda.

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Old 9th May 2001, 17:54
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Old 10th May 2001, 07:56
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The Navy Cares

The Navy cares about the well being of the people of Vieques, as it does for our neighbors throughout the United States and several nations that host our Sailors and Marines. We are committed to the Navy's long term relationship with the people of Vieques and are making progress in repairing and rebuilding these special ties.

We care about health concerns on Vieques. This is the Navy of Puerto Rico. We are public servants… here to train with the end result of protecting U.S. citizens at home and abroad. Any training that harms citizens as a result is totally unacceptable. The Navy fully supports verifiable scientific studies, based on empirical evidence to determine if there are health risks in Vieques. To date, there have been no verifiable scientific studies - zero - that link Navy training (8-10 miles from civilian populated areas) to health concerns on Vieques. If it is ever scientifically demonstrated based on facts, and not politically motivated interpretation of data collection, that such a link exists, the Navy will change its operations immediately.

The Navy cares about the safety concerns of Vieques residents. Military training is inherently dangerous. Preparing for war involves risk for those who participate, whether it is firing at targets or landing on the pitching deck of an aircraft carrier at night. The surrounding community in Vieques however, has nothing to fear from Navy exercises. In nearly 60 years of range operations on Vieques, not one - not one - person was killed or injured outside the range. With U.S. Naval Forces preparing for every major U.S. conflict since World War II in Vieques, that is not a bad safety record. As a partner with the community in Vieques, we will work hard to ensure that public safety and the well being of the people of Vieques are protected.

The Navy cares about the environmental concerns of Vieques residents. The Vieques Weapons Range, located on the eastern tip of the island, comprises approximately 900 acres, less than 3 percent of the total land-mass of the island. This small weapons range is the only location on the island where bombs and naval gunfire are used for training. The other 97% has often been praised by tourist magazines and newspaper reviews for its pristine beaches and wonderfully preserved lands. More than half of the 22,000 acres owned by the Navy in Vieques are managed in a conservation status with extensive programs for endangered species. The Navy provides security for endangered species against poaching and boat traffic, while protecting habitats such as sea turtle nesting areas, the pgymy orchid and mangroves. The Navy devotes significant resources to developing scientific knowledge and databases concerning such flora and fauna.
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Old 10th May 2001, 09:17
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Hey a_carleone, this don't have to do with your sex preferences and choices.

All these stuff we hear about the Navy cares and protect us is crap. It may sound good for marketing the Navy, but in reality there are few items in the Navy agenda and is to resolve their huge population of gay issues, and to defend the USA interest.

The NAVY don't care about Puerto Rico and less Vieques. in accordance to the Navy representatives I talked to here in Virginia, at the Norfolk base.

This happens about a month ago, while attending a dinner sponsored by the Navy in Norfolk.

As a matter of fact, these big brass I talk too said that they don't understand why the USA government does not stop training at Vieques because is costing them lots of money.


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Old 10th May 2001, 11:07
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a_carleone, Stop searching for Estadista propoganda websites, because you know they are all lies. You really ignore the facts, in the 1980'sd the PR government and the USA Navcy has made an accord for the Navy to help in the economy, infrastructiure, and environment, and the navy has ADMMITTED( abvioulsy you have not) that it had not kept their side of their deal, but try to get a scapgoat and say bewcause they had not anytime, well its been almost 20 YEARS! If you actually go to Vieques you will see how much damage on the firing ground has been done, many beaches has been preserved and should, but what about the rare and valuable CORAL reefs ALL around the vieques range and tyhe dropping of bullet shells on the beaches, and still detonated exploses in the reafs. The Navy has almost 20 years since the accord to clean that up, but has it, no, and is NOW trying to do it, but why now when they are in the brink of getting out, to get public support, well many years they had to do that.

The PR government is at fault to, not helping other issues in Vieques, but they tried a little in making the accord witht he navy to help out in the economy and infrastructure, but if the Navy didnt help, the other side will not. Except now the PR government is trying, and does not need or want the Navy in it, and now the Navy is giving off propoganda that they will NOW keep their part. Well it is too late, and who is to say they will continue to keep their part in a few years. The PR governemnt has to, unless the PPD and Sila wants to get elected again!

[Edited by Hombre-cuidad on 12th May 2001 at 05:08]
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Old 10th May 2001, 13:17
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Bueno que tal esta?

Que tal esta bandera, no crees que es mas emotiva que esa, digo para ti, Carleone?

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Old 10th May 2001, 23:02
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Conciencia,
Me gusta la bandera! Que lastima que no la tienes mas pequena. Pues sino la hubiera copiado.lol

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