Target: California Coastal Commission
Goal: Thank agency for denying a seismic testing permit to local gas and electric company
Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) had proposed an underwater seismic testing plan to the California Coastal Commission. The plan involved shooting explosive air guns underwater off the coast of San Luis Obispo County, but the commission denied the request. Thank the commission for protecting marine wildlife from destructive and unnecessary testing.
Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant suffered several dangerous meltdowns as a result of a major earthquake and tsunami. Since then, many governments have been working on improved safety measures at their nuclear plant sites. Diablo Canyon Power Plant is California’s only operating nuclear facility and generates electricity for three million homes. The state legislature recently ordered PG&E to assess current seismic risks so that state regulators could determine whether or not the plant was safe and earthquake-ready. PG&E wanted to run a disruptive underwater sonar test even though several other extensive studies already existed.
The test would involve a research boat towing 18 large cannons firing underwater every 10-20 seconds over a period of several days. With extemely high noise levels of 250 decibels, local marine animals would become distressed. Whales and dolphins are especially sensitive to sound. PG&E had proposed placing people at various points within the testing area to keep watch. If a stray animal swam near the testing area, or was injured/killed from the noise, they would temporarily halt the testing. However, once an animal is injured or dead, the damage is already done. Plus, injuries from many environmental tests are usually not evident until years later.
Testing would probably cause both short-term and long-term damage to the amazing wildlife in this ocean’s region. Please sign the petition thanking the California Coastal Commission for protecting the pristine eco-system along California’s coast.
Dear California Coastal Commission,
Thank you so much for denying Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) a permit to conduct underwater sonar testing. This study is unnecessary and would be destructive to the local marine wildlife.
The testing would not aid in predicting earthquakes or help make the plant any safer, therefore it is pointless to conduct it. Rather than waste millions of dollars to see how deep the fault lines near Diablo Canyon Power Plant are, PG&E should just use the money to earthquake-proof it as well as it can. Running dangerous seismic tests in an area brimming with all kinds of wildlife is irresponsible and wrong.
The commission made the right decision in protecting the amazing and valuable animals that live in the San Luis Obispo waters. We thank you for your votes towards valuing our ocean waters and the community of animals that have made it their home.
[Your Name Here]
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