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The following article was posted on November 15th, 2012, in the New Times - Volume 27, Issue 16 [ Submit a Story ]
The following articles were printed from New Times [] - Volume 27, Issue 16

PG&E's pending seismic assault on the sea


By Roger Andriola

Why pretend that the real players who hide behind their false corporate facade, conceal their identities behind their public spokespeople, and never tell the whole truth, the ones Romney famously called just regular folks like you and me (to counter the claim that corporations are not people), are going to suddenly change their anti-environmental ways with their pending seismic testing proposal?

Have you ever tried to get an honest answer out of what some call the PG&E “white collar corporate criminal” on any matter regarding its unending stream of environmental damage deceit? Anyone who has can tell you it can not  be done. But hey, don't take our word for it. Contact PG&E yourself and ask about its constant, careful, environmental stewardship.

You will be assured that its ever vigilant, unending monitoring by marine biologists provides a complete record of how it never fails to protect every aspect of the environment. Then ask about the seawater it sucks from the ocean and the contaminated cooling waters it then discharges back into the near shore marine environment.

Try it yourself. Make it even simpler. Ask PG&E to share with you the number of marine lives it kills every year, in all the ways it does so, even ways you don't yet know about, broken down by categories, everything from the marine mollusk and crustacean larvae at the bottom of the food chain, to sea otters and anadromous salmon toward the top. They claim they gather and keep all that information as a critical part of their operation. Then start counting the days you have to wait to get this “critical information” from this government-protected monopoly, private-energy giant.

After a month of hoping it will come clean and “fess up,” contact your democratic government agency representatives—you know, the ones pretending to protect you and the environment, while secretly insuring that this “government corporate crony” gets whatever it wants. Share the utter futility of trying to pry any environmental information out of PG&E, and ask why they, your government, keep pretending to believe whatever PG&E says about its unending guarantees of environmental protection.