ECOSLO is adamantly against acoustic seismic testing
Here are a few resources that best explain our position on seismic testing:
MARCH 8, 2013 - Calif. panel rebuffs Navy on more test blasts, sonar (USA Today)
California regulators Friday rejected the Navy’s desire for more underwater explosions and sonar during offshore training and testing, saying the service had not substantiated its claim there would be negligible harm to marine mammals and habitat.
The California Coastal Commission voted unanimously against the five-year plan, which is set to begin next January. Commissioners criticized the Navy for presenting sloppy science to support its estimates that only 130 whales, dolphins, other marine mammals and seabirds would be killed and that 1,600 others would suffer hearing loss. Click here to read more.
California Coastal Commission Denied Permit for PG&E's High Energy Seismic Survey and PG&E's Low Energy Seismic Surveys Need to be Investigated
By: Carol Georgi and Karl Kempton | source
We would like to thank the California Coastal Commission (CCC) for unanimously denying the permit to PG&E for the High Energy
Seismic Survey (HESS) that would have been catastrophic to marine life off California’s Coast.
Our research on both types of geophysical seismic surveys indicates the Low Energy Seismic Surveys (LESS) were not properly permitted, managed, monitored, or mitigated. There was no enforcement, oversight, or penalties applied to bring PG&E and Fugro into compliance with the mitigations required by the geophysical survey general permit and the companion Negative Declaration, ND 358 granted by California State Lands Commission (CSLC). We ask for a full investigation.
The fishermen were the first who noticed something was wrong with the ocean’s ecosystem health during November 2011 through January 2012 when fish catch dramatically declined and an unannounced survey boat was in their fishing areas.
Again, in September and October 2012, the unannounced survey boat returned, and marine life and fishermen suffered. During the same time period, the community effort was building against PG&E’s proposed HESS. The fishermen were being pulled in two directions by PG&E giving them misleading information for the two seismic surveys.
Dave Kirk, President of the Port San Luis Commercial Fishermen’s Association (PSLCFA) of 70 fishermen, spoke to the California Coastal Commission (CCC) giving a fisherman’s point of view.
“We were bullied off the water by a 3D low energy boat with no forehand notice, causing lots of lost days of fishing and reduced catch. The fish have fled our waters and have yet to return. We have submitted claims to PG&E that have been denied. I can only dream of the day when the seawater intake of death at Diablo Canyon ceases to flow and the abalone and schools of blue bass and Johnny bass return.”
Many were struggling with PG&E’s Environmental Impact Review (EIR) and PG&E’s other associated documents full of shortcomings, misinformation, omissions, contradictory facts, figures and tables.
At the same time, we were traumatized by the biological impacts of the LESS and the beginning of the unpermitted Sea Otter Study affecting the health and safety of 47 to 60 endangered southern sea otters that were surgically implanted. The cause of all this confusion can be assigned to either an unnecessary rushed schedule or deliberate obfuscation.
Moreover, if PG&E had received all permits for HESS, now, after LESS, it would be impossible to obtain a scientific marine life baseline. Since fish counts to establish a baseline were not taken before LESS began, it is now impossible to accurately measure how much fish stock destruction has occurred. We find this lack of concern toward the health of the ocean’s ecosystem and the fishermen’s livelihoods unacceptable.