H-DIABLO CANYON

Oct 10, 2012 5:23 PM by Madelyn Monteath, KSBY News

Public will be able to discuss PG&E seismic testing at Board of Supervisor's meeting

Yielding to public pressure, the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors has scheduled a board business discussion for October 30 to talk about PG&E's proposal to conduct seismic tests off the coast near the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant.

The testing is part of a $64 million study that PG&E is conducting, saying that it will help them understand earthquakes faults around the nuclear plant.

The testing will last anywhere from 9 to 12 days and be done this year, with any remaining testing set to be completed the same time next year.

The testing has been a hot button issue across the Central Coast. Seismologists say the use of the echoes of the blasts from Earth's crust will help them develop three-dimensional images of earthquakes faults, while many people fear the blast will harm marine life and local fishing.

UPDATE:

The following is a statement sent to KSBY from PG&E regarding this issue:

PG&E is committed to conducting all seismic research safely and in a manner that respects community and environmental values.

Draft findings by federal agencies have determined that the environmental impact of the proposed high-energy study may result in a temporary disturbance of marine life in the survey area.

This type of research is performed around the world and without adverse impacts to marine life observed.

To limit potential impacts to marine life, PG&E is implementing and funding numerous protection and monitoring programs. These include the use of trained species observers, aerial surveys and establishing marine mammal
protection zones.

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