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Legislature approves Mobil land lease extension on Rota

THE Senate and the House of Representatives on Thursday approved the 15-year extension of the land lease contract between Mobil Oil Marianas and the Department of Public Lands during a joint session in the Rota mayor’s conference room.

John Paul Palacios Sablan

Seven senators and 16 House members voted yes to Joint Resolution 21-2, granting Mobil’s request for the lease extension of the public land in Sasanhaya-Songsong for its oil depot.

Senate Vice President Jude U. Hofschneider, Sen. Paul A. Manglona, Rep. Joseph Flores, Rep. Joseph Leepan T. Guerrero, and Minority Leader Edwin Propst were absent.

Rep. Donald Manglona abstained. He is part owner of one of the Mobil service stations on Rota.

In a telephone interview, House Floor Leader John Paul Sablan said that prior to the vote, they convened as a Committee of the Whole to ask Mobil Oil representatives and DPL Secretary Marianne Concepcion-Teregeyo some questions.

He said after their concerns were “pretty much clarified” then, they proceeded to vote on the land lease agreement extension.

The rent, he added, will be $28,000 a year.

The lawmakers first adopted Joint Resolution 21-1, which provides that “a majority of the members of the Senate and a majority of the members of the House of Representatives must be present and shall constitute a quorum for the convening of the joint session; thereafter a majority of the total membership of the two houses shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.”

They then voted on J.R. 21-2, which extended the lease until June 30, 2033.

The original 25-year lease started on Oct. 30, 1995 and expired last year.

J.R. 21-2 states that Mobil Oil Marianas continues to maintain a positive and accommodating relationship with DPL, and “has played an important role in cultivating our economy by providing job opportunities to our local people, contributing thousands of dollars into our tax system, and thousands of dollars in lease rentals.”