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Governor: We moved mountains to make divert airfield happen

GOVERNOR Ralph D.L.G. Torres on Friday said they had to “move mountains” in the negotiations for the divert airfield on Tinian.

Ralph Torres

He said the lease agreement will be finalized soon, and the people of Tinian can expect economic activities once the divert airfield project begins.

“The divert will benefit the people of Tinian as well as the CNMI. The U.S. Air Force will bring additional manpower and resources to the airport there,” the governor said.

“We are working on getting  a fuel line to the airport so that eventually, it will be available for commercial flights from Japan, Hawaii and other destination. So how will this benefit Tinian? It will increase economic activities and create new opportunities for businesses.”

Torres noted that the divert airfield issue “was raised several years ago, and with the right partnership and the right leadership, for the last couple of years, we’ve moved mountains while never losing sight that the CNMI, Tinian and the people are the priorities. This helped us make sure that we move forward with the project while respecting our culture, our environment and the people here. That is the reason why this purchase agreement [with the U.S. Air Force] is historical and monumental for all of us.”

Source: Marianas Variety : http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/108835-governor-we-moved-mountains-to-make-divert-airfield-happen

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