Consider the Sept. 30 letter (“Ignore vocal minority”) from Mr. Patrick Sidun, the environmental specialist at Phillips 66.
Most realize that the 60-year-old refinery in Nipomo, now in Phillips 66’s hands, has been affected by a reduction in California sour crude over the past decade.
That could be as much as a 25 percent reduction from the peak.
The peak came after a long ramp-up of production, and the refinery grew to meet that growth.
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Reality must set in at this point in time, and that is simply this: We cannot go on at the old breakneck pace without standing up, looking around and saying to ourselves, “Where does this all end?”
You, Mr. Sidun, are obviously personally affected because you work for Phillips 66.
The rest of us just don’t want to be exposed to any unnecessary risks.
The county has been working hard in preparation for hearings on that project.
You will have your time, as will others.
My personal hope is that over time, the old refinery is phased out, and the current staff should have an opportunity to become part of a well-deserved cleanup before becoming part of the state and county parks system.