As I said to the Supervisors and also to the National Science Foundation: “We are having the wrong conversation here. Rather than deciding how to kill whales, we should be discussing the dismantling and removal of the Diablo Nuclear Power Plant.”
I am writing to comment on a story in last week’s New Times (Supes on seismic testing: Do it right, Matt Fountain, Aug. 9, 2012). I must say I saw the argument coming from the San Luis Obispo Board of Supervisors very differently than the New Times did. To me, it was clear from the beginning Supervisor Gibson cared a lot more about using this seismic testing as an opportunity to look for oil than to discover some key to the safety of having a nuke plant on or near live and active earthquake faults.
When Mr. Gibson brought his transparent idea before San Luis Bay Surfrider at their last meeting, I knew right away that something more was afoot than using a better boat with the “industry standard” gear. To what industry was he referring, I asked. Here’s a hint—rhymes with “boil.”
At the NFS meeting on Aug. 8, I watched horrified as PG and E and the oil companies battled it out, jockeying for position to gain the honor of destroying all life in Point Buchon State Marine Reserve including Great Blue Whales and probably the Marine Life Protection Act itself.
It was a vulgar display. We already know enough to remove the nuclear plant ASAP, before it turns into the biggest nuclear accident in world history—no tests needed.
-- Joey Racano - Ocean Outfall Group director
-- Joey Racano - Director, Ocean Outfall Group