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Proposed PG&E Seismic Survey Project Memo

Proposed PG&E Seismic Survey Project Memo

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10/18/12SACMeeting;Attachment1
MEMORANDUMFOR:MontereyBayNationalMarineSanctuaryAdvisoryCouncilFROM:PaulMichel,SuperintendentSUBJECT:ProposedPG&ESeismicSurveyProject
InpreparationfortheOctober18SACmeetinginCambriaandtheagendaitemregardingtheproposedPG&ESeismicSurveys,Ihavepreparedthefollowingsummaryforyourinformation.-------------------------------------------------------------------PG&EandtheNationalScienceFoundation(NSF)areproposingtoconductahighenergyseismicsurveyinthevicinityoftheDiabloCanyonpowerplantandknownoffshorefaultzones.PG&E’sseismicresearchwascalledforbythestateandincludestheuseofon-shoreandoff-shorelowandhigh-energyseismicstudies,aswellastheinstallationofocean-bottomsensorstodetectseismicactivity.Thedatawillprovideamoreaccurateanddetailedpictureoftheregion’scomplexgeology,andwillhelpfurtherdefinethelevelofseismicactivityintheregionofDiabloCanyon.PG&Ewillusethisdatatosupportitsongoingseismicsafetyprogram.NOAAisreviewingfederalandstateenvironmentaldocumentsregardingpotentialbiologicalimpactsfrommarineseismictestsonwhalesandotherfederallyprotectedspecies.Theagencywilldetermineiftheprojectcanbeconductedinamannercompliantwithfederalnaturalresourceprotectionlaws,whichincludetheMarineMammalProtectionAct,theEndangeredSpeciesAct,theMagnusonStevensFisheriesAct,andtheNationalMarineSanctuariesAct.TheproposedsurveywouldoccursouthoftheboundaryoftheMontereyBayNationalMarineSanctuaryandmodelsusedtoestimatepotentialimpactstomarinelifepredictthattheintensityofsoundreachingthesouthernboundaryofthesanctuarywouldlikelynotbehighenoughtoaffectsanctuaryresources,basedonthresholdvaluesusedbyNOAA.However,levelswithinthesanctuaryarepredictedtoapproachthesethresholds,leadingtointerestinvalidationofmodelpredictionsandincomprehensivemonitoringofsoundlevelsandmarinemammaldistributionsanddensitiesbefore,duringandafterthesurvey.TheNationalScienceFoundation(NSF),whichpreparedtheNEPAdocumentandplanstocarryoutthesurveysusingtheirresearchvessel(inpartnershipwithPG&E),hascommittedtocompletea“sourceverificationphase”priortobeginningthesurvey.Thisphaseisdesignedtomeasuretheactuallevelofunderwaterensonificationthatoccurstodeterminewhetherthesevaluesmatchthosepredictedbymodels.Thiswillhelpdeterminewhetherpredictionsthatsanctuaryresourcesareunlikelytobeaffectedbythesurveyareaccurate.
 
10/18/12SACMeeting;Attachment1Regardlessoftheoutcomeofthisverificationphase,NOAAhasassertedthatshouldtheproposedprojectgoforward,theneedforimpactsanalysistosanctuaryresourcesbeaddressedwithinthecomprehensivemitigationandmonitoringplansfundedbyPG&E.Asthesanctuary’sconcernsrelatetotheimpactsofsoundonmarinemammalandfishspecies,theyoverlapwithNOAAFisheries’concernsandthusseverallineofficeswithinNOAAhaveworkedcollectivelytoidentifyandrecommendappropriatemitigationandmonitoring.Theseplansincludefisheryresourceassessmentssouthofthesanctuary,shorelinestrandingresponsespanningthesurveyareaandinclusiveofthesouthernsanctuary,aerialsurveyeffortstargetingbothlargewhalesandsmallercoastalpopulations(seaottersandharborporpoises),and“listening”basedmonitoringwhichusesthreetypesofpassiveacoustictechnologies.Twoformsofpassiveacousticmonitoringwillfocusmainlyonmonitoringthebehaviorofinshorepopulationsofconcern,seaottersandharborporpoisesinparticular,southofthesanctuaryandcentraltotheseismicsurveyarea.However,onelisteningstationforthesesystemswillbeplacedinthesouthernsanctuary.Afinalformofpassiveacousticmonitoringwillfocusontheoffshorelevelsofsoundfromtheseismicsurveysanddetectionoflargewhalesinthesanctuary,withanadditionallisteningstationfurthersouth.Currently,PG&EisseekingapprovalfromtheCaliforniaCoastalCommissionforitsrevisedseismicsurveyfocusedontheareareferredtoas“Box#4”(PG&Ehadplannedtoconducttestingthisfallintwoofthefour“boxes”orzonesoutlinedontheprojectmap.NowitonlyplanstosurveyBox4offthecoastofMorroBay,postponingthetestinginBox2,whichrangesfromMorroBaytonorthernSantaBarbaraCounty).TheCommissionintendstoconsiderthisitematitsNovember14meetinginSantaMonica.TheutilitycompanyhadplannedtobeginseismictestingoffshoreofDiabloCanyonnuclearpowerplantinearlyNovember,butnowitmustwaituntiltheconclusionofitsmid-NovemberhearingbeforetheCoastalCommission—ifthepermitapplicationisapproved.PG&EalsoisseekingapermitfromNMFS.
 
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