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Seismic testing sunk 

Tears were shed, laughs were shared, activists in animal costumes required translators, and Pacific Gas & Electric left Santa Monica empty handed.

As recommended by its staff, the California Coastal Commission put the final nail in the coffin for PG&E’s controversial plan for high-energy, three-dimensional studies off the Central Coast—at least for this year.

On Nov. 14, following hours of emotional, and sometimes hilarious, pleas from the public, the 12-voting-member commission unanimously denied the utility the coastal development permit it needed to access coastal waters for the surveys.

The decision effectively kills the project’s chances of blasting off this calendar year, but the commission emphasized that it had no direction to give PG&E on how to proceed from here.

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