Posted: Oct 4, 2012 5:42 PM by Cameron Polom, KSBY News
Updated: Oct 7, 2012 8:25 PM
PG&E is modifying its proposal for its controversial seismic studies.
PG&E plans to map the seismic faults in the ocean near Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant.
Survey crews will be using high frequency air cannons.
The company is looking for approval to begin the tests in late November through December.
PG&E is delaying and down sizing its seismic testing.
The announcement came four days after a Fish and Game Commission meeting in Sacramento.
At that meeting, commission members, environmentalists, community members and commercial fishermen voiced their strong opposition to PG&E's plan to conduct the high energy survey.
The modified proposal will shorten the amount of time PG&E is performing tests in Central Coast waters by studying only 1 of the 3 proposed survey areas this year.
The rest will be surveyed next year between November and December.
PG&E says the proposed changes have two main purposes.
First, to make sure the technology used for the research is appropriate.
Secondly, to ensure the measures used to protect marine life are effective.
This years work is expected to last 12 days and will focus on the portions of the Hosgri, Los Osos, and shoreline fault zones in the Estero Bay.
PG&E admits the survey could have environmental impacts, as well as impacts on commercial fishers and marine life.
The State Coastal Commission was scheduled to decide whether to issue one of the key permits for the project at its October 10th meeting in Oceanside.
That hearing has now been postponed at PG&E's request until the November 14th meeting in Santa Monica.
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