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Fwd: Last stand for the California coast

From: Lori
Sent on: Sunday, November 11, 2012 9:17 PM

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Sierra Club - Explore, enjoy and protect the planet

Wednesday, November 14

Our last chance to defend our coast from seismic testing!

Swimming Whale


Dear Tammy,

Imagine hearing a pulse of sound 100,000 times more intense than a jet engine every 15 seconds. This is what PG&E has in store for our vulnerable marine wildlife if the utility is allowed to begin seismic testing off the California coast.

On November 14 in Santa Monica, the California Coastal Commission (CCC) will make its final decision on whether to allow PG&E to begin this dangerous program of blasting nearly continuous high-decibel sound waves across the ocean floor, wreaking havoc on vulnerable wildlife and fisheries.

RSVP today to attend the hearing in Santa Monica! This will be our last chance to have our voices heard and defend California’s coast.

We know that seismic testing can cause stress and disorientation, ruptured sensory organs, and even death in whales, dolphins, seals, otters, and fish. Coastal communities also have a good reason to fear for their economies as fishermen will be barred from working in waters that are being tested and lucrative fish species could be threatened. 

If you won't speak for our ocean, who will? Help pack the meeting and take a stand for the wildlife and local communities that rely on a healthy coast!

Here are the details:

WHO: You, commercial fisherman, and organizations including Surfrider, the Sierra Club, the Ocean Conservancy and many more 

WHAT:  California Coastal Commission Public hearing on PG&E seismic testing project 

WHEN: Wednesday, November 14, 9:00 a.m.

WHERE: Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, East Wing, 1855 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401 [map]


Questions: Contact Amanda Wallner at [address removed]

There will be an opportunity for attendees to make a public statement, however, if you do not want to speak your presence will still send a powerful message to the CCC and PG&E.

For months now you've packed hearings and sent thousands of comments in support of protecting our coast. Your hard work has paid off -- the beginning of seismic testing has been delayed once already. But now, the coast needs your help! 

Attend the meeting and together we can show the CCC and PG&E that we won't stand by while our coast and way of life are threatened.

The CCC’s own staff has issued a report recommending the Commissioners deny PG&E this permit and urging the utility to find a safer way to assess the seismic hazard of the faults near the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant.

By attending the hearing you’ll be standing alongside a diverse group of concerned citizens and organizations who’ve come out against seismic testing including: Surfrider, the Ocean Conservancy, Natural Resources Defense Council, commercial fishermen, the City of Morro Bay, the Board of Supervisors of both Monterey and San Luis Obispo counties.

This is it -- our last chance to put a stop to seismic testing. Will you join us?

Thank you for all you do for the environment, 

Amanda Wallner
Sierra Club California Coastal Campaign

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