The Guadalupe Dunes are still recovering after millions of gallons of diluents leaked for 48 years (“Another 10 years,” June 28).
Phillips 66 wants to construct a crude oil rail transfer facility at the Santa Maria refinery to bring five mile-long crude oil trains a week, carrying the highly volatile tar sands from Alberta, Canada . Tar sand is a highly viscous tar-like substance; in order to make it flow, diluents need to be added.
John McKenzie, a senior planner with San Luis Obispo County said: “Diluent is a toxic material to humans, wildlife and plants and therefore presented a risk to ecological and human health.”
If this project is approved, it would have a lifespan of more than 20 years. That means 260 potential “bomb trains” per year, each carrying about 2,240,000 gallons of volatile crude coming down the tracks, seemingly forever.
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Do we really need another headline in The Tribune that would read, “Another 10 years”? We don’t have to play “oil roulette,” betting that one of our towns, communities and/or school districts through which these trains would come won’t be the next disaster. Why have the towns of Arroyo Grande, Grover Beach and Pismo Beach been silent?