Letters to the Editor

Say ‘no’ to Phillips

The Tribune’s welcome editorial (“Crude oil trains too dangerous for Bay Area cities,” Sept. 6) adds substantial weight to expressions of concern by the counties of Santa Clara, Alameda and Monterey, as well as the cities of San Jose, Oakland, Berkeley, Fremont and San Leandro.

I ask the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors to heed San Luis Obispo’s mayor and unanimous City Council and the unanimous Los Angeles City Council and reject the Phillips 66 proposal.

San Luis Obispo residents within the blast zone are waiting to hear that daily trains carrying 2 million gallons of flammable, tar sands bitumen in obsolete tanker cars will not be descending the Cuesta Grade, moving past Cal Poly, public schools and hospitals and into San Luis Obispo and through our beach cities.

The railway carriers have a long record of maximizing profit by cutting corners on safety as evidenced by four derailments of oil trains in a single month earlier this year. It’s high time the carriers themselves felt the consequences of these failures.

California, with its multiple exposures to the economic disruptions of climate change, should be strongly discouraging further investment in the dirtiest fossil fuels on earth.