As a concerned citizen, I’m keenly aware of the sacrifices made by our military to protect this nation and our national interests throughout the world, such as protecting our access to overseas oil supplies, a commodity our country currently cannot do without.
Allowing the Phillips 66 Co. Rail Spur Extension Project is a small step toward increasing our energy independence, as any oil refined here is less oil we must import.
Without the project, Phillips 66 will have to reduce its operations, if not completely close down. Currently, the oil it receives by pipeline is not affordable, leaving it to run at half-capacity.
Phillips 66 wants to build a rail extension to keep the refinery running as efficiently as possible, ensuring we continue to have a reliable supply of energy to power our state and local economy.
If not allowed, the local economy will lose much-needed tax revenue for our schools, fire protection and other vital services.
We depend on our cars to give us the mobility to work and move around, which would be impossible without gas at affordable prices. If more is refined locally, the cost of oil may go down, helping the average working family.