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Commission to discuss whale-killing Diablo Canyon seismic testing
Dan Bacher
Julie Tacker, San Luis Obispo activist and former LOSCD director, summarized the tremendous risk the seismic testing presents to whales, dolphins and other marine life, as revealed on page 121 of the "Central Coastal California Seismic Imaging Project Environmental Assessment" under Section 4.12.5, Potential Numbers of 'Takes by Harassment.' (http://calcoastnews.com/2012/08/the-gory-details-of-diablos-seismic-testing) “The worst case scenario (including a 25% contingency) ‘take’ count goes like the old Christmas song, 'Partridge in a Pear Tree,' according to Tacker. “One Minke Whale, 2 Sperm Whales, 5 Dwarf Sperm Whales, 15 Blue Whales and 97 California Gray Whales, 25 Fin Whales, 13 Humpback Whales, A single Short-Finned Pilot Whale, 3 Baird’s Beak, 7 Killer Whales, 8 Striped Dolphins, 8 Small Beaked Whales, 81 Dall’s Porpoise, 82 Long-Beaked Dolphins, 98 Risso’s Dolphins, 114 Northern Right Whale Dolphins, 198 Pacific White-Sided Dolphins, 1,652 Bottlenose Dolphins and 1,834 Short-Beaked Dolphin, 76 Harbor Seals, 1,062 California Sea Lions,1,485 Southern Sea Otters, untold sea turtles of several varieties, numerous fish and bird species and the next generation sea life including nearly 4 million larva of all types.”

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