Halt the Central Coastal California Seismic Imaging Project
  • Petitioned Cassidy Teufel

This petition was delivered to:

California Coastal Commission
Cassidy Teufel
California Department of Fish and Game
Becky Ota
National Science Foundation
Holly Smith
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Meagan Cummings
Board of Supervisors
San Luis Obispo
NOAA
Monica DeAngelis, Marine Mammal Biologist
Field Supervisor, US Fish and Wildlife
Diane Noda

Halt the Central Coastal California Seismic Imaging Project

    1. tobey crockett
    2. Petition by

      tobey crockett

      Cambria, CA

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November 2012

Victory

On Wednesday November 14th, the California Coastal Commission voted unanimously to deny the permitting of the seismic testing at the Diablo Canyon power plant. According to testimony from those at attendance at the event, this puts a conclusive halt to those plans.

PG&E was specifically told not to bring this project back - that they fail to meet the first, let alone all three, of the required standards for asking for an exemption.

Over 150 people commented at the hearing and Californians can rest assured knowing that their voice was heard on this matter. Apparently the issue will be brought to bear again at San Onofre however - so stay tuned to those issues when they arise some time next year. Congratulations to all who worked so hard on this campaign!

The goal of the seismic imaging project is to attempt to measure the three major earthquake fault lines which run along our coast. The existence of these fault lines, especially after the continuing disaster at Fukushima, Japan, call into question the advisability of maintaining the Diablo Canyon nuclear power facility, operating near Avila.

The proposed testing will do nothing to prevent an earthquake on any of these fault lines. The tests will instead produce a large amount of data about dangers that we cannot avoid when these earthquakes occur.

Here is how the environmental impact report for the project describes it:

“The offshore component of the Project would consist of operating a geophysical survey 29 vessel, its associated survey equipment, and support/monitoring vessels . … The survey would be conducted along the central coast from approximately Cambria to Guadalupe (including marine protected areas around Cambria and elsewhere). … 18 active air guns ... would discharge once every 15 to 20 seconds.”

In other words, huge underwater cannons would blast ear-shattering sounds under the water in an area from Guadalupe to Marin County. (These same measures are used to search for offshore oil reserves — coincidence?)

The environmental impact report indicates these tests would kill or injure marine mammals, including seals, dolphins, whales and otters. They could make them go deaf which would mean a lingering death. Already depleted fishing resources would be impacted. Seabirds would be affected as well, with little or no way of mitigating the impacts. Migratory birds would be affected as the tests would go on 24 hours a day and lights at night would be required. Air quality would be impacted and the project would contribute to climate change.

The ocean is our most precious resource. If the life of the ocean does not matter then neither do our lives. Some few persons stand to make lots of money from this outrageous project. PG&E will pass on the costs to us, the consumers. We and all life in the ocean and the land around us stand to lose. And for what?

The project will not prevent the next earthquake. And if it happens and Diablo crashes, so do we. Think of the economic impact of such a disaster. A recent issue of The Economist has on its front cover a statement that says the dream of nuclear power has become a nightmare. It is time to put our resources into safe energy and abandon nuclear power. Please sign this petition.

FOR LATEST INFORMATION PLEASE GO TO STOP THE DIABLO CANYON SEISMIC TESTING PROJECT AT

http://www.facebook.com/StopTheDiabloCanyonSeismicTesting

 Seismic testing protest video in Morro Bay

http://www.ksby.com/videoplayer/?video_id=21442&categories=581,694

Photo by Mike Baird, flickr.bairdphotos.com 

 

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    1. VICTORY!!

      tobey crockett
      Petition Organizer

      On Wednesday November 14th, the California Coastal Commission voted unanimously to deny the permitting of the seismic testing at the Diablo Canyon power plant. According to testimony from those at attendance at the event, this puts a major, final, conclusive halt to those plans. PG&E was specifically told not to bring this project back - that they fail to meet the first, let alone all three, of the required standards for asking for an exemption and they are definitely not going to be able to bring this topic to the fore again. Over 150 people commented at the hearing and Californians can rest assured knowing that their voice was heard on this matter. Apparently the issue will be brought to bear again at San Onofre however - so stay tuned to those issues when they arise some time next year. Congratulations to all who worked so hard on this campaign!!

    2. Reached 17,500 signatures
    3. Upcoming Meetings

      tobey crockett
      Petition Organizer

      This Seismic Tsunami project will be heard
      Oct. 18 at 10:30 am Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council meeting in Cambria at Vet's Hall,
      Oct. 30 9:00 am SLO Board of Supes in San Luis Obispo
      Nov. 3 public comment at the Pacific Fishery Management Council in Costa Mesa
      Nov. 14-16 ,and MOST Important is the CA Coastal Commission in Santa Monica.

      BE THERE TO SPEAK FOR THE MAMMALS, BIRDS AND FISHES AND OUR FUTURE GENERATIONS! THANKS EVERYONE.

    4. Reached 15,000 signatures
    5. Sonic Blasts approved by State Lands- Project goes to CA Coastal Commission

      tobey crockett
      Petition Organizer

      Although CA State Lands voted to approve the sonic testing, protestors were successful in reducing the size and scope of this project. The Northern zones near Cambria were eliminated and the duration of the project has been reduced. We are still opposing this Seismic Tsunami project and the sonic blasting that affects whales, harbor porpoise, sea otters, seals, fish, squid, crab and invertebrates.

      The project will now be heard by the CA Coastal Commission October 10-12 in Oceanside. Please continue to register your opposition to this project by circulating the petition, attend meetings, write letters and call your local representatives.

      Diablo Nuclear Power Plant should be shut down instead of carpetbombing the Pacific Ocean and Marine Protected Areas to map earthquake faults we already know exist..

    6. Reached 1,000 signatures
    7. Please continue to sign & comment on this petition. Record your opposition!

      tobey crockett
      Petition Organizer


      Citizen and Agency letters can be read at the links below:
      Central Coastal California Seismic Imaging Project

      http://www.slc.ca.gov/Division_Pages/DEPM/DEPM_Programs_and_Reports/CCCSIP/RTCs_Agencies.html

    8. Federal Officials hold hearing about offshore oil exploration

      tobey crockett
      Petition Organizer

      You can see how this is playing out o the east Coast, by comparison to here...

    9. EIR link

      tobey crockett
      Petition Organizer

      The total report - lots of additional information included here

    10. Links to EIR both exec summary & entirety now posted

      tobey crockett
      Petition Organizer

      Completes important details for public benefit

    11. Reached 100 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Luc Cotter SANTA BARBARA, CA
      • almost 2 years ago

      save the whales and other sea creatures. we dont need to know what the sea floor looks life if it kills the inhabitants in the process.

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    • Ursula Kabatnik-Herbst SANTA ROSA, CA
      • almost 2 years ago

      Being clubbed to death looks preferable to the protracted agony of marine mammals that can reasonably be expected by exposing them to seismic testing.

      The unsuitable location of the Diablo Canyon power plant is known and documented, further collection of and protracted analysis of data serves to defer the retrofitting or decommissioning of the plant, thus increasing the associated risk. Ruthlessness, madness.

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    • Skyler Nilsen SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA
      • almost 2 years ago

      We have done enough damage to marine life in this area, and seismic testing is not necessary.

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    • Anna Stampfer GERMANY
      • almost 2 years ago

      We need to protect our planet!

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    • K. Lacey SANTA CRUZ, CA
      • almost 2 years ago

      PG&E is not capable of making a competent decision. The NRC needs to inform the public and put the decission to the voters.

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