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Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant


PG&E Tweaks Testing Proposal

Responds to Concerns Over Effects on Marine Life


Thursday, October 4, 2012
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Four days after getting an earful of concern from California Fish and Game commissioners about controversial plans to begin seismic testing in the waters near Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant, PG&E announced plans last week to “modify” its proposal before seeking a key permit from the California Coastal Commission. In a statement issued last Friday, PG&E announced that it rescheduled its October 10 date with the Coastal Commission to next month and decided to alter the proposal by shrinking the scope of testing planned for later this year. “PG&E is committed to conducting all of our seismic research safely and in a manner that respects community and environmental values,” said Jearl Strickland, PG&E’s director of nuclear projects, in a prepared statement. “We appreciate the public and regulator input we have received and continue to work collaboratively to find a balanced solution.”

Feared by critics to be a major and certain nuisance ​— ​if not potential death sentence ​— ​for all sorts of marine life, the high-energy seismic testing, which will include blasting large sound guns into the ocean, aims to determine how dangerous the many faults that run near and under the power plant really are. And while the testing was heralded by certain antinuclear energy organizations and supported by the State Lands Commission, criticism has only grown louder since the project’s environmental impact report revealed testing could result in the death of whales, dolphins, fish, and a variety of protected species.

As a result of this criticism, PG&E is now planning to reduce the areas of testing from three zones to just one ​— ​the Estero Bay area ​— ​as well use the data harvested this year to better dictate where exactly it will test next year, the latter having the potential to further reduce the scope and scale of the project. They have also changed the proposal so that the testing will last for 12 days as opposed to 23. Though still assessing the meaning of the tweaks, Susan Jordan, whose California Coastal Protection Network is one of the many environmental watchdogs concerned with the testing, reacted to the news this week by saying simply, “I don’t really consider this an improvement. It looks like they just want to do less of the project now and the rest next year.” PG&E will take its modified plan before the Coastal Commission November 14 in Santa Monica.

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This is a staggering example of lunacy, the idea that industry should be allowed to move ahead with such a chilling project of mega destructive force. How dare anyone even bring such a project forward! What are the regulatory agencies thinking?

The bill was written by an oil man. The State Lands Commission was asked to swith to an oil owned boat, the request came from another elected official who is a former oil man. The type of deadly testing proposed is always used to look for oil. Gee, do ya think this is all about oil?

Santa Barbara, we love ya, but we don't want your oil rigs, no thank you! And safety? If this had one iota to do with public safety, that 64 million dollars ok'd by the Calif Energy Commission would be spent on plant upgrades, not some oil blasting survey! Come clean, will ya?

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Meanwhile, things are going well. OIL WELL that is!

Joey Racano, Director
Ocean Outfall Group

spiritpen (anonymous profile)
October 4, 2012 at 6:53 a.m. (Suggest removal)

@ spiritpen.....Huh? Those are the boats rigged for looking at subsurface structure.

SaveMoreMesa (anonymous profile)
October 4, 2012 at 8:36 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Susan Jordan is spot on. The tweaks seem like tactics designed to placate and concede without making any effective change. How will spacing the testing out actually lessen the impact on aquatic life?

watermillvillage (anonymous profile)
October 6, 2012 at 2:01 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Susan Jordan is correct in her observations. Also, this has a lot to do with pressure from another energy business who would benefit from seismic air canons- Big Oil!

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spiritpen (anonymous profile)
October 10, 2012 at 6:18 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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