I’m off to Avila Beach this morning for a rally protesting 3-D Seismic Testing by PG&E off our coastal waters. They are trying to determine the extent to which the faults offshore from the Diablo Canyon Power Plant in Avila Beach connect. That information, in turn, will be used to determine more precisely the seismic threat posed by a new fault line — the Shoreline Fault — discovered in 2008 about 100 meters away from the nuclear plant and whether additional safeguards are needed to prevent a Fukushima-type disaster in the event of an earthquake.
Opposing PG&E at the State Lands Commission 10-hour hearing was a coalition of environmentalists concerned that the high-pressure sound guns PG&E will be blasting into the waters off its nuclear plant — 24 hours a day for 33 days — could prove damaging, if not fatal, to blue whales, fin whales, humpback whales, California sea otters, and harbor porpoises in the area. The Natural Resources Defense Council warned that the loud blasts could deafen the porpoises, which rely heavily upon their sense of hearing for their survival. Native American activists worried that the testing equipment could disrupt ancient villages now located underwater. Fishermen said the blasting could put them out of business. And San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Bruce Gibson, a research geophysicist, objected that PG&E was not using the very best equipment possible. (Source: Nick Welsh, The Independent.com)
I’ll post photos later this weekend of the rally. I’m hoping to get some good shots.
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