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January 22, 2014 5:25 AM

Proposed rail project could bring dangerous oil shipments to SLO County

After three fiery train accidents since last summer involving crude oil from the Bakken shale formation that straddles the U.S.-Canadian border, the U.S. Department of Transportation issued a nationwide safety alert this month. A little-known rail spur project now proposed for the Phillips 66 Santa Maria Refinery located on Nipomo Mesa would bring some of this Bakken crude to the Central Coast by rail, if it is approved by our county Planning Commission.

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