Saturday, September 15, 2012

COAST Alliance formed

About 30 people attended a meeting at Mark Tognazzini’s Dockside restaurant Friday night to form Citizens Opposing Acoustic Seismic Testing (COAST) Alliance. The alliance brings together groups that oppose Pacific Gas & Electric’s seismic testing as well as individuals.

Groups represented include Morro Bay and San Luis Obispo fishermen’s groups, Morro Bay City Council, Morro Bay’s Harbor Advisory Board and Stop Diablo Canyon Seismic Testing Facebook page. Representatives of other organizations will confer with their boards for formal approval of joining the alliance. Morro Bay has a page on its official web site about the project. The public can sign up for automatic notification of updates. The Rock's web page is also posting reports

Meeting organizer Mandy Davis proposed writing a mission statement of opposition to any kind of seismic testing. She’ll present it at the next meeting, 7 pm Wednesday September 19 at the Morro Bay Vets’ Hall.

Steve Mathieu of AGP Video, which records and broadcasts public meetings, suggested contacting the state Fish & Game Commission to request a remote meeting site be set up in Morro Bay for the commission’s September 24th special informational meeting on the project. Emails must be directed to Sonke Mastrup, Executive Director of the Fish & Game Commission,, no later than Monday, September 17, in order for a remote site to be set up in time for the meeting.

The alliance’s goal is to stop the tests.


Noah Smukler,

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