Regarding Marcus Beal’s letter, “Benefits of refinery,” Aug. 29: Yes, I agree with Mr. Beal. “There is a lot of concern and misinformation about the proposed Phillips 66 railroad extension project,” However, I think he misses or ignores the real point.
The concern is about transporting by rail a highly toxic and combustible mix of crude oil and chemical diluents through densely populated areas of our state. And for residents of the Nipomo Mesa, concern doesn’t end at the Phillips 66 terminal; it just begins with the problems of air quality in the process of unloading crude at the refinery.
As for misinformation, Mr. Beal states the cost of crude oil is rising. Just the opposite: Crude prices are currently at their lowest levels since 2009 and are expected to remain there for a least another two years.
Finally, I agree with Mr. Beal that job creation for our community is important. But not at this price. The increased potential for disaster creation trumps job creation any day.