PG&E issued the following statement from spokesman Blair Jones today (Nov. 14) after the California Coastal Commission denied PG&E a permit to do high-energy offshore seismic testing in the ocean near Diablo Canyon Power Plant in San Luis Obispo County:
“PG&E put forth a sound and comprehensive plan to conduct this research, which was guided by seismic experts, state and federal agencies and our commitment to performing the work in an environmentally responsible manner. While we are disappointed with the decision, we appreciate the work of the Commission staff and members in considering this seismic study proposal.
“As part of our strong commitment to seismic safety, PG&E continually studies earthquake faults in the region of Diablo Canyon and seismic events around the world to ensure the safety of the facility. The proposed survey is only one component of our larger, multi-layered seismic research program through which we recently completed several advanced onshore and offshore studies to further our knowledge of the region’s complex geology. We will focus on gathering and interpreting this recently collected data as we evaluate the Commission’s decision to determine how to proceed with additional seismic data collection efforts.”