Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Letter to California Coastal Commission Regarding PG&E Seismic Imaging Survey

California Coastal Commission 

45 Fremont Street Suite 2000 
San Francisco, CA 94105-2219

Re: PG&E Seismic Imaging Survey October 16, 2012

Dear Coastal Commissioners,

The Morro Coast Audubon Society, (MCAS), encompassing the whole of San Luis Obispo County with over 1,000 members, would like to express our opposition to the Central Coastal California Seismic Imaging Project as proposed by Pacific Gas & Electric Company, (PG&E).

The proposed seismic survey conflicts with the MCAS Mission Statement – “to promote the appreciation, conservation, and restoration of ecosystems, focusing on the biological diversity of birds, other wildlife, and their habitats, particularly in San Luis Obispo County”.

According to the California State Lands Commission Final Environmental Impact Report, (EIR), July, 2012: The impact on marine biological resources would be considered significant.

Impact MARINEBIO-12: Injury or mortality to marine mammals would occur due to noise during seismic survey acquisition – (Significant and Unavoidable) Impact MARINEBIO-13: Injury or mortality to Southern sea otters would occur due to noise during seismic survey acquisition – (Significant and Unavoidable) Noise-related impacts on marine mammals, both Level ‘A’ harassment (potential to cause physical injury), and Level ‘B’ harassment (potential for behavioral

disruption), would result in acoustic takes for a number of species; with the most significant impacts to fin, humpback, and blue whales; the harbor porpoise; and the Southern sea otter.

MCAS concludes that the projected harm from seismic testing far outweighs the public benefits, and that the seismic survey should not go forward as currently proposed. Until less harmful alternative methods of seismic testing are proposed, we urge the Coastal Commission to deny the coastal development permit application to conduct seismic imaging surveys in the waters offshore of the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant.

Thank you for your consideration of our concerns.

Sincerely,

Jennifer Moonjian President, Morro Coast Audubon Society