Letters to the Editor

Marx’s wise action

Leslie Hall’s alarmingly narrow view of the threat to our safety and the environment represented by the Phillips 66 oil-by-rail project (“Life is dangerous,” Feb. 27) is shocking. Indeed, the city of San Luis Obispo has “no jurisdiction” and “no control over what rolls on the railroads.”

SLO County has the only vote.

That’s why Mayor Marx has wisely and responsibly joined the cities of San Jose, Moorpark, Oxnard, Ventura and San Leandro, plus the Oakland Unified School District, Pleasant Valley School District, Alameda County Health Department, Ventura County and Santa Barbara County’s 3rd District supervisor in asking the SLO County Planning Commission to deny the project.

This is about doubling the number of oil trains that pass through all these communities every week and adding the wild card of Canadian tar sands crude, the dirtiest oil on the planet, as derailments and infernos hit the headlines on a near weekly basis.

They have no jurisdiction and no control either, but those mile-long rolling bombs would be coming through their communities as well as ours. It’s not all about us, and this issue deserves a more thoughtful response than “get over it” and “no one is being forced to live here.”