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Deafening Sea Cannons

Halt the Central Coastal California Seismic Imaging Project

Started by: tobey, Cambria, California

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.


Photo by Mike Baird,

Click here to sign tobey’s petition, “Halt the Central Coastal California Seismic Imaging Project“.

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Nuclear Disaster In California

Dear Gabriel,

Eight million people in California will soon be endangered by America’s most dangerous nuclear power plant if Southern California Edison power company has its way.

The San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS), which sits on the beach between Los Angeles and San Diego, was shut down temporarily in January after it was found to be leaking radioactive steam. But incredibly, Southern California Edison — the primary electricity provider for over 14 million people in Southern California — is now trying to bring the dangerous nuclear energy plant back online.

This plant is unsafe, but it’s also totally unnecessary. Even without the San Onofre nuclear plant, there’s enough power generating capacity in Southern California to keep the lights on even on the hottest days of the year.2 We need to shut this plant down permanently, and force Southern California Edison to stop delaying implementation of clean, safe renewable energy generating systems.

Tell the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s Chairman, Allison Macfarlane: Shut down San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station permanently. Click here to automatically sign the petition.

When this plant was shut down in January for maintenance, it was discovered that it had been leaking radioactive steam from the new steam generators that had just been installed in 2010. These new generators, which were installed at a cost of $700 million, were expected to allow the plant to remain open for many more years. But flaws in the design of these new parts led to an unexpectedly short lifespan despite the high cost of installation.

This came as no surprise to anyone who’s been tracking this plant. Data collected by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission shows that the San Onofre nuclear plant is a disaster waiting to happen. Not only does the plant have more complaints of safety problems from employees and contractors than any other nuclear power plant in the country,3 but it’s also the site of the most complaints of employee harassment and retaliation, meaning that employees who notice safety problems and try and speak out are being punished.4

Even worse, this plant is just five miles from the nearest earthquake fault line, and recent research has shown that it’s probably at higher risk of damage from an earthquake than previously thought. Not to mention the fact that it’s built on the beach of the Pacific Ocean — just like the Fukushima plant that experienced a meltdown in 2011 — making it susceptible to tsunami waves.

Tell the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s Chairman, Allison Macfarlane: Shut down San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station permanently. Click here to automatically sign the petition.

Southern California Edison is endangering the lives of millions for a power plant they don’t need. The company needs to refocus efforts on renewable energy, and save Californians from a dangerous and aging nuclear power plant.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s new Chairman, Allison Macfarlane, can use her position to convince the commission’s other members that this plant shouldn’t reopen. She’s been an outspoken critic of nuclear dangers, like the Yucca Mountain complex. She needs to know how important it is to Californians that Southern California Edison isn’t allowed to put our state at risk for a major nuclear incident.

Click below to automatically sign the petition:

Thank you for standing up against unsafe nuclear power.

Jordan Krueger, Campaign Manager
CREDO Action from Working Asset

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