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.
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?