Protect Whales~ Stop Seismic Testing off the Coast of Central California!
  • Petitioned Mary Shallenberger, Chair

This petition was delivered to:

California Coastal Commission
Mary Shallenberger, Chair
California State Lands Commission
Jennifer Deleon, Project Manager

Protect Whales~ Stop Seismic Testing off the Coast of Central California!

    1. Petition by

      Save The Whales

November 2012


From Save The Whales: BREAKING NEWS NOVEMBER 14, 2012: The California Coastal Commission just voted to DENY PG&E's application for seismic testing off the Central Coast of California! THANK YOU to everyone who signed our petition objecting to the project. Thousands of animals will not be maimed, deafened, or killed. It's a GREAT victory!

Central Coastal California Seismic Imaging Project–Whales Need Your Help NOW!

To: Mary Shallenberger, Chair, California Coastal Commission and Jennifer Deleon, Project Manager, California State Lands Commission

Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) is posed to conduct seismic testing in a grid pattern over a large area off the Central Coast of California from Cambria to the Santa Maria River. Tests could begin as early as September 2012 and last until the end of the year. The research ship would emit blasts of very loud noise into the ocean. Streamers four or five miles long would be towed behind the vessel, which would pick up the sound waves as they penetrate several miles into the Earth’s crust and reverberate back to the surface.
Tests would last for 24 hours and would kill or injure marine mammals, including whales, dolphins, porpoises, seals and otters. A deaf marine mammal is a dead one as this is the sense they rely on to communicate, navigate and find food. Seabirds and other species such as endangered sea turtles, could be affected as well, with little or no way of mitigating the impacts. Great potential harm is highly possible to the small population of harbor porpoises in the Morro Bay area. They are most sensitive to loud man-made sound and the mammal most vulnerable to habitat abandonment and to hearing loss.
PG&E’s position is that the tests are necessary to map the ocean floor so geologists can better understand the earthquake faults near Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant, close to San Luis Obispo, California. Earthquake faults were known at the time the plant was built. PG&E states these tests are essential in the aftermath of the Fukushima earthquake and subsequent tsunami, and the potential for a nuclear disaster.
If an earthquake happened within the near future, what could be done to ensure that the Diablo Canyon plant would not have a meltdown? How will these tests prevent that scenario? The nuclear plant was constructed knowing that faults were nearby and that earthquakes were a potential danger. Wouldn’t it make more sense to spend the millions of dollars the tests will cost to instead begin plans to shut down the plant and find ways to shift to safe energy? Wouldn’t this be wiser than destroying untold numbers of animals within a Marine Protected Area, particularly when the necessary safeguards have not been implemented?


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    Reasons for signing

    • Sandra Jones IRVINE, CA
      • almost 2 years ago

      This is hugely important to Pur oceans and our earth!

    • anders Johnson MORRO BAY, CA
      • almost 2 years ago

      The Central Coast has a very delicate marine ecosystem and many species are specific to the exact region planned to be tested. I would hate to see harm done to any of our wales, dolphins, etc. We have got to look at our alternatives.

    • Andrew Green BROOKLYN, NY
      • almost 2 years ago

      Because the Central Californian coast is one of the most beautiful places I've ever visited and I want it preserved.

    • Marissa Grohosky ROYERSFORD, PA
      • almost 2 years ago

      this is an outrage and should be important to everyone- talk about humanity! I personally live as non-violently as possible.

      • almost 2 years ago

      Marine life is essential to life on this planet, we are all connected and what we do to one effects another.


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