Skip to comments.Calif. Panel Rejects Quake Study
Posted on 11/15/2012 3:33:25 PM PST by Calpublican
LOS ANGELES -- Citing harm to marine life, California coastal regulators on Wednesday soundly rejected a utility's plan to map offshore earthquake faults near a nuclear power plant by blasting loud air cannons.
The unanimous vote by the California Coastal Commission came after an hours-long public hearing attended by environmentalists, fishermen and residents who were overwhelmingly opposed to the seismic testing.
The proposed survey by Pacific Gas & Electric Co. involves firing sonic pulses into the ocean. Sensors on the seafloor would pick up the echoes to create 3-D maps of geologic faults that the utility said are needed to understand the seismic hazards around the Diablo Canyon facility.
"If you live near a nuclear plant, wouldn't you want more certainty in the assumptions that are being made?" asked Mark Krausse, a PG&E director.
But commissioners said the impact
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When the big earthquake comes, will they remember this?
Take this pill and you’ll be able to walk , OMG no thanks it tastes bad
“How did this happen? Why didn’t we get any warning? Oh, the humanity!”
-Residence of LA after the next big one.
Answer: We didn’t want to bother the fish and birds to get this information.
Ignorance is bliss.
Californians just got a little more blissful tonight...
Yep. I remember trying to get my friends to vote against it.
Even then, I was used to getting looked at like I'd just stepped off of a flying saucer.
Some things never change...
They have done some good things. More public beach access especially, but I was/am against a lot of what they do.
the stupdity of the ruling is that regardless of any potential (possible, not definite) ill effects to any part of the ocean ecosystem, those effects, just like the tests, will be temporary, not permanent, as nature will begin to restore conditions prior to the tests, beginning as soon as they are over; and no matter how long that takes, the ocean ecosystem WILL recover from the tests
my guess is that the same people really don’t want management of the Diablo Canyon power plant to be safer; they just want it closed, and if making it more difficult to address potential safety issues at Diablo Canyon is the result of this policy against sonic tests in the ocean, so be it
Wow. Good one. Will infringe your copyright and use it frequently.
When the permit to build Diablo Canyon was granted some 40 years or so ago, the reviewing governmental board deliberately suppressed evidence of the site’s earthquake faults. (The evidence was quite extensive and was offered to them, at no additional charge, in great detail by at least one licensed, qualified geologist.)
(Also of interest, the state’s environmental approval concerning the controversial nuclear aspect of the facility was granted based on a single, dismissive sentence to the effect that “nuclear materials will be trucked off site in AEC- approved trucks.”)
For the record, it appears that the utility has done a good job of using this plant to provide energy, and (with certain safety design considerations) I support nuclear energy development. So, this is neither an anti-nuke nor anti-corporate screed. We just need a clear record of how government has played, and maybe continues to play, a role in this saga. It is, after all, our government and the old high school textbook said we are supposed to be able to rely on it for honest, competent decisions on our behalf.
(Yes, we used to read our textbooks in high school! Imagine that!)
You studied in school? Wow, you are a dinosaur.
Seriously, Thank you for the informed response.