Regarding Marcus Beal’s letter, “Benefits of Refinery” (Aug. 29), I could challenge several of his assertions, e.g., “The project will be built entirely on Phillips 66’s property ” Yes, but the results of this project — the possibility of fiery explosions after a derailment and the certainty of an increase in asthma and other major health concerns — would affect our entire state.
Another: It will “meet the rising demand for oil ” Not for the California residents who will be subjected to all of the risks. This imported oil would be refined here, primarily for export to Asia.
But the deceit implicit in Mr. Beal’s assertions is not what prompted me to respond. His use of words like “cheaper” and “rising costs” hit me square in the gut. What price can we put on our children’s health and safety? What costbenefit analysis can justify endangering their lives?
I have children and grandchildren, and hundreds of former students who live within the blast zone of a possible derailment. For them, and the 1 million other California students in blast-zone schools, I say none!