If indeed Mike Purdy (Letters, “We need Phillips 66,” Aug. 9) is a concerned citizen, he’d be concerned about the 11 Class 1 impacts that cannot be mitigated within the Phillips 66 Refinery and along the Union Pacific mainline tracks that relate specifically to diesel emissions and air quality explicitly described in the draft environmental impact report that impact health, safety and financial viability of the communities along the mainline that would be at risk.
Purdy continues that this project promotes energy independence; the oil imported to the refinery will be coming from the Alberta tar sands region of Canada.
These tar sands are the dirtiest and most toxic type of crude, when diluent is added to make it flow it’s highly volatile.
The crude oil trains present an imminent hazard to the communities that the trains will pass. That’s why 22 municipalities have written in opposition to this project.
This crude is called “advantaged” crude, meaning it’s cheap.
No one has said the refinery will close if they can’t source the crude by rail. When asked directly, they say the subject has not come up.
So let the refinery continue as it has in the past 56 years. Source the crude by pipeline.