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Posted on January 10 at 8:36 a.m.

Such Navy Sonar blasts do more than hurt whales ears. Sound at these levels become shock waves and cause tissue bruising. Also, sound travels differently through water than air- so when the sonar hits the whale, its velocity changes- and changes again when it hits the lungs- and then back again as it exits. This tears a whale apart internally. Also, in a San Diego neighborhood where sonar was opening and closing automatic garage doors, a surfer has charged that Navy sonar turned off his mothers pacemaker, causing her death. The Navy is being reckless in the extreme and should be penalized by defunding the program.

Joey Racano, Director
Ocean Outfall Group
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Posted on December 2 at 1:15 p.m.


This is the Marine Preserve that makes the most sense. It is an area facing a state of emergency, where 2 rare Oarfish, a rare Beaked Whale and 7 Bottlenose Dolphins all washed or beached ashore within an astonishingly small 2-week window this past Aug-September.

We know for sure that 9 companies had permits to conduct 'low' energy (216db!) geophysical seismic surveys, and the permits expired the day of the first beaching. Too great for coincidence in my book. Also happening at this same tome were offshore fracking with no public knowledge, process or regulation, Navy Sonar, commercial and sport fishing, aquarium fish collecting, ship traffic in whale lanes, oil and natural gas exploration, and massive amounts of sewage being dumped by San Diego and Morro Bay-Cayucos, both using 301(h) sewage 'waivers' allowing the discharge to contain extra fecal debris. San Diego is dumping 50 BILLION gallons of the pathogen-laden stuff annually into Cabrillo National Monument off Point Loma!

Even the researchers who 'want to help' are killing otters open and stuffing them with electronic equipment, killing many, as a staging portion of the seismic tests at Diablo Canyon that were never approved!

And don't forget the 17 BILLION gallons a day being sucked into the seawater cooling intakes of coastal power plants, killing all the plankton and at the same time acting as a large predator would offshore, killing seals, otters, fish and simplifying the web of marine life. Also, there is the radiation from Fukushima and probably Diablo Canyon as well.

This Chumash Sanctuary is a perfect way to address the entire witches cauldron of insults to our precious marine ecology, and we support it 100%, so long as it recognizes this state of ocean emergency, and puts a stop to it all immediately.

Joey Racano, Director
Ocean Outfall Group

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Posted on January 2 at 3:32 p.m.

Ken, I agree with you that otters weren't born to be guinea pigs for PG&E- but, according to this blog, by people who were there when it happened, the Aquarium and UC Davis were complicit in the crimes against otters.

Please read it and correct me if I'm wrong, and I hope I am.

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Posted on December 31 at 8:12 p.m.

Nobody supports the FSO more than I, a life long fan of the late great Margaret Wentworth Oweings. But somebody had better get to the bottom of the 54 sea otters now swimming around out on the central coast, with electronic gear sewn illegally into their bellies by USGS and DFG, who took their money-and orders- from none other than PG&E.

The seismic testing at Diablo Canyon -for which this illegal otter vivisection was a staging portion- was not approved by the Coastal Commission, so now there are 54 otters out there having been turned into cyborgs, and no project! It is sad that Monterey Bay Aquarium and UC Davis were also involved in this criminal activity. Remember her book, 'Voice from the Sea'? Margaret Wentworth Oweings would be spinning in her grave.

Joey Racano

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Posted on November 29 at 8:45 a.m.

Well apparently the writer of this article did a lot of research and still came up without the real beef. Let me take it one at a time- the techno wonks of whom you speak were obviously the 'Alliance for Nuclear Responsibility', who fought to the bitter end to have their dream come true- thousands of miles of ocean turned to desert via sonic air canons. I'd be a rich man if I had a nickle for every time I heard Rochelle becker say "I've been working on this for 40 years!". Rochelle, if you work on something for 40 years and still have not succeeded, then you have failed, so back away and allow someone else to try.

The CPUC will not dare try overrule the Coastal Commission because they've already got to deal with the fact that part of the project was allowed to move ahead before the regulatory process was done. It seems there are half a hundred sea otters out there with listening devices and batteries sewn into their furry bellies, and all for a project that was never approved! There they float, in sewage water waiting for the nice people to come give them a second surgery! Ghastly!

The CPUC meanwhile, says Lame Duck State Sen Sam Blakeslee called and called, insisting that his assembly bill mandated seismic testing so they should release the 64 million for the otter vivisections, etc. He lied.

Finally, the Jim Brune studies done in the 60's 70's and 80's showed clearly that parallel faults can interact to cause vertical acceleration to seismic energy. This make Diablo unsafe at any speed. No seismics needed. Decommission the plant before it makes any more waste!

Look around- the political climate is changed. The plant will not be re-licensed, nor should it be!

Joey Racano
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Posted on November 21 at 8:14 a.m.

The Commission received almost 60,000 emails, and also many hand written letters in hand addressed envelopes, showing an enormous effort on the publics part to show hoe much they disapproved of seismic testing and the marine havoc associated with it.

Also, the 'results' of PG&E's low level survey was itself, horrific, including dead Harbor Porpoises, salmon and thresher sharks and otters.

Perhaps most hideously, PG&E jumped the gun and in their arrogance, began capturing otters and surgically implanting them with sensor equipment, including batteries! Now that the project has been denied, those otters are out there in need of a second surgery to remove the electronic devices!

And all with no permits! How could they have been permitted, when the project never existed!?

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Posted on October 18 at 8:01 a.m.

Now that we know the Nuclear Waste plant is 'safe' from the Shoreline Fault, and have already studied the rest at some length, the NRC should cancel the seismic testing.

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Posted on October 10 at 6:18 p.m.

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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Posted on October 4 at 6:53 a.m.

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

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Posted on September 28 at 5:41 p.m.

~The Story of Davidson Seamount~

When Mother Ocean felt artistic
and put her brush to canvas

a whirlpool drew volcanoes up
and spread them wide as Kansas

She sprinkled them with sunlight
and life began to grow

Algae bugs and rainbow slugs
and fishes that could glow

Sea fans and anemones
and whispy things with legs

Shrimp with striped antennae
eating phytoplankton eggs

When she was done, she raised her thumb
and corals grew like trees

“ I name thee Davidson Seamount”
and she shouted, "Masterpiece!"

-Joey Racano

As you may have heard, our movement to save California's rugged Central Coast from Pacific Gas & Electric Corporation's plan to blast 500 square nautical miles of it with 260db air cannon explosions at a rate of once every 13 seconds, 24 hours a day for 43 straight days -then repeat next year- has so far been successful.

PG and E asked the California Coastal Commission to delay hearing the proposed project from October 10th in Oceanside, California to their next meeting on November 14th in Santa Monica California. The proposed project has also now been downsized to include only 'Box 4', also known as Estero Bay.

The new plan remains dangerous, destructive and unnecessary and although Point Buchon State Marine Reserve has been spared, the project's new incarnation threatens Morro Bay East estuary State Marine reserve, Cambria State Marine Reserve, and to the Northwest, Davidson Seamount!

Please join us on October 8th in Avila California, as we celebrate the victory so far, and move ahead with saving the Davidson Seamount from the ravages of 260db seismic testing with air cannons.

~Calling of the Whales~

See the event calendar for maps to the event, sponsored by Pampered Chef, Earth and Sky Studio, Fierce Cycling Adventures, Farmers Kites, Surreys and More, and endorsed by Greenpeace, Ocean Outfall Group, Earthcorps, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, San Luis Obispo Surfrider Foundation, Great Whales Conservancy and others.

Come meet Mz Blue, the 90' Great Blue Whale, a Gray Whale dirigible, visit the nearby Avila Beach Sea Life Center, participate in story telling, a Chumash blessing, music, and watch Greenpeace unfurl their banner!


The Calling of the Whales event begins at 3:00pm in the parking lot at Avila, Mz Blue will be visible from San Luis Bay Drive on the left as you enter town! At sundown, we will gather around a roaring fire on Port San Luis Beach, where a member of the Chumash Tribe will blow the sacred Conch Shell and Call to the Whales of Avila!

Special Guests!

With love and respect,

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