Thank you for the comprehensive overview of the Phillips 66 oil-by-rail project and the overwhelming opposition it has generated statewide (“Outcry over oil-by-rail,” July 12).
One point of clarification: It would be more precise to include the city of San Jose in the large list of cities unequivocally opposed rather than in the small list of cities that “have written letters of concern without expressing outright opposition.”
San Jose requested that San Luis Obispo County require “additional environmental and risk analysis be completed, particularly for the communities that the oil trains will travel through including greenhouse gas emissions for the entire project area, which includes the transport through San Jose from Canada to the San Luis Obispo County facility.”
The environmental impact report fundamentally insists on limiting analysis of the project’s impacts to SLO County. Vastly (and accurately) expanding the boundaries to be considered in the analysis of project-related impacts would first require that the environmental report be rejected — and thereby, the project.
So while it may be phrased more discreetly than many of the other letters, San Jose, like many other municipalities, is asking that SLO County deny the project.