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Tue Sep 25, 2012, 09:37 AM

SURFRIDER VOWS TO STOP SEISMIC TESTING OFF CALIFORNIA COAST

September 20 2012

"Planned Testing Will Be Catastrophic To Marine Life and Poses Risk to Divers, Swimmers and Surfers. The Surfrider Foundation vowed today to stop seismic testing slated to begin off the coast of Central California this November.

"Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) proposed the tests to assess the susceptibility of the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Generating Facility to seismic activity. A 240-foot ship will tow powerful air cannons along a 50-mile stretch of the Central Coast, shooting deafening underwater explosions (upwards of 250 decibels) every 13 seconds for 42 straight days.

“Seismic surveying off Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant just doesn’t make sense when considering the tradeoffs,” says Dr. Chad Nelsen, Surfrider Foundation’s Environmental Director. “The air gun blasts will cause massive impacts to marine life and threaten the safety of ocean users, yet only provides minor gains in our existing knowledge about offshore faults and that information won’t actually make us any safer.”

http://www.surfrider.org/press-center/entry/surfrider-foundation-vows-to-stop-seismic-testing-off-california-coast?cid=20120924

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antiquie Sep 2012 OP
Le Taz Hot Sep 2012 #1
antiquie Sep 2012 #2
pinto Sep 2012 #4
pinto Sep 2012 #3
antiquie Sep 2012 #5

Response to antiquie (Original post)

Wed Sep 26, 2012, 05:45 AM

1. This is horrible!

This is the first I've heard about this. Any other groups fighting this? Can't they get an injunction?

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Response to Le Taz Hot (Reply #1)

Wed Sep 26, 2012, 09:17 AM

2. I am still researching.

This is a link to Sierra Club California:
http://sierraclubcalifornia.org/2012/09/17/marine-life-needs-protection-from-seismic-testing/

Here is Surfrider's lettter to the California Coastal Commission:
http://public.surfrider.org/CCC%20seismic%20ltr.pdf|

THE CCC already approved to EIR and "The proposed project is scheduled for the Coastal Commission’s consideration at its October 2012 meeting in Oceanside."

Alarm went on in my head OCEANSIDE for the meeting on the North Central Coast!

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Response to antiquie (Reply #2)

Wed Sep 26, 2012, 12:10 PM

4. Sierra Club's opposition message template to the CCC -

https://secure.sierraclub.org/site/Advocacy?pagename=homepage&page=UserAction&id=9479&autologin=true&s_src=212JRHAW01&JServSessionIdr004=8p0hzalxp1.app226a

Protect Our Marine Wildlife and Fisheries from Seismic Testing

This November, PG&E plans to begin the seismic testing program required by regulators to determine whether the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant can continue to operate safely.

Environmental reviews for this project have already found “significant and unavoidable” impacts on marine life like whales and porpoises. Previous seismic testing has even been linked to whale strandings, disorientation in marine mammals, and fish kills.

Seismic testing could also have devastating effects on our fisheries and local economies. Local fisherman will not be allowed to work in waters while they are being surveyed and the noise could threaten rockfish, a lucrative species for central coast fishermen.

Tell the California Coastal Commission to require PG&E to fully account for and minimize all threats to our marine wildlife from seismic testing.

Complete the form below with your information.
Personalize your message if you wish.
Click the Send Your Message button to send your message to:
California Coastal Commission
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(aside) The CCC rotates its regularly scheduled meetings up and down the coast, regardless of agenda, iirc. Yet, this is one way to contact them on the issue. ~ pinto

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Response to Le Taz Hot (Reply #1)

Wed Sep 26, 2012, 12:04 PM

3. It's been in the works for a while. Strong local opposition. From the Sierra Club piece -

"Earlier this summer, the State Lands Commission considered the project’s Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) at a meeting that drew concerned citizens, fishermen, and environmentalists who were opposed to the plan from PG&E and called for changes to protect marine wildlife. After hearing from the central coast citizens who packed the meetings, the State Lands Commission required PG&E to push back its proposed start date for testing to November to avoid interfering with whale migration through the area."

http://sierraclubcalifornia.org/2012/09/17/marine-life-needs-protection-from-seismic-testing/

What often gets overlooked is that this seismic testing proposal will apparently add little to earlier tests performed farther off shore at decreased decibels.

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Response to pinto (Reply #3)

Wed Sep 26, 2012, 12:22 PM

5. We are almost out of time.

It is unfathomable to me, as you stated, they are not going to learn anything new.


(Thank you for all your postings; I'm having intermittent internet.)

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