Letters to the Editor

Deny the rail spur

The repercussions of the Phillips rail spur decision will reverberate along 2,100 miles of track and affect the millions who live, work and breathe anywhere near a railroad track between San Luis Obispo and the tar sands in Canada.

Sixty years of refinery history bears no relevance to the issue. There has never been an oil train delivering explosive crude to the Santa Maria refinery. If critical thinking and concern for people over profits prevails, there never will be.

True, no crude oil trains have exploded in San Luis Obispo — yet. No crude oil trains had ever exploded in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, until one did and killed 47 people. No trains ever exploded in Casselton, N.D., until one did. No crude oil trains had ever exploded in Timmins, Ontario, or Boomer, W.Va., until this past February.

As your financial adviser warns you, “past performance is no guarantee of future results.”

Our decision-makers can reduce the risk of more disasters by denying the rail spur.

Contrary to corporate propaganda, the refinery and its jobs will still be there. We and our children deserve a life and future without increasing the threat of losing our lives and the desecration of our land.