The price of oil bounces up and down throughout the year. Just because the oil prices have gone down does not mean it is a permanent trend.
This phenomenon is always temporary and pushes us into a false sense of security.
Phillips 66 has proposed a railroad extension into its property to accommodate three to five trains per week.
There are currently two to three trains per week already supplying oil to Los Angeles County from the San Ardo Oil Field in Monterey County and have been for the past 15 years.
The proposed extension would occur entirely on the existing Phillips 66 refinery site.
While some may be opposed to any oil use on principle, the Nipomo facility is still essential for our local economy.
The Nipomo refinery is currently operating at half capacity due to lack of a reliable and affordable crude oil supply via pipeline.
The additional trains will bring the facility up to near capacity and ensure its viability as an efficient, cost-effective facility.
Two hundred jobs are at risk, along with the millions of dollars in tax revenue and economic stimulus the refinery and its employees provide to San Luis Obispo County if the project is denied.