H-CENTRAL COAST

Nov 2, 2012 8:22 PM by Cameron Polom, KSBY News

Coastal Commission staff recommends denial of permit to PG&E

PG&E is feeling the pressure tonight after Coastal Commission staff recommend the denial of a crucial permit.

The advisory staff to the Coastal Commission is saying no to PG&E's plan for off shore fault line surveys near Diablo Canyon.

Coastal Commissioners will now review the staff report to make the final decision on whether to allow the surveys.

The staff report says that even with extensive monitoring and efforts to minimize impacts, the surveys would result in significant disturbance, injury and loss of marine life.

The commission staff is recommending further evaluation of the technology being used for the survey.

They go on to say that the information collected from both the low energy surveys and onshore testing has not been analyzed fully and could be used to devise a more focused and less invasive test.

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