There was a large attendance at Thursday evening’s presentation in Fort Bragg town hall by PG&E at the invitation of North Coast Fishing Alliance. It seems PG&E is applying to FERC to create a Wave Energy development site outside Noyo Harbor. PG&E took this opportunity to present this state of their ‘process’ right now as well as obtain ‘stakeholder’ feedback and begin that process.
Local residents brought up environmental concerns like the effect on local flora/fauna/biological to fishing (both sport and commercial) to sound to marring our center-of-town coastal beauty. Possible negatives–effects on humanity and the Earth as well as the individual were the most highly-repeated concerns I heard. Learning that the PUC (our tax dollars at the Public Utility Commission) would fund this $6M pilot was compared to what that $6M could do now for the community in other sustainable/renewable energy practices (from solar to wind to biomass).
What I found of particular interest was the map indicating where PG&E is proposing the pilot’s location. It showed a small box JUST north of the Noyo Harbor mouth. PG&E commented that would be for the 4Megawatt version extending one mile along the coast line and a much larger version that could cover five miles.
I was immediately repulsed at the thought of having and seeing technology just outside our harbor and along the future dream of a functioning, productive post-Mill Site area.
PG&E stated that the spot indicated on the map was not a REAL spot just a placeholder to visualize it. One wonders what made them decide to indicate it RIGHT THERE as it received such a visceral response from me and I believe others in the crowd.
And so it goes…