The Phillips 66 rail-spur permit request should be denied. Here’s why:
- Too much risk: Shipping crude oil via railroads comes with too much risk.
- No benefits: There is no evidence that having crude oil shipped from Canada to the Phillips 66 refinery brings any benefits to San Luis Obispo County.
- Diminished quality of life: The air quality on the Mesa has been shown to be below acceptable standards; adding five additional oil trains to the mix will only increase the problem, diminishing the quality of life for local residents.
- Incompatibility: The basic character of SLO County is quiet, rural living. This county should not be turned into a frenetic industrial oil zone.
- Insufficient emergency services: The county of San Luis Obispo has insufficient emergency response procedures to deal with potential oil train accidents.
- Pollution: The retrofitted Phillips 66 refinery with 30-foot-tall light towers surrounding the rail yard would operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, producing diesel exhaust, light and noise pollution.
- Threat to schools: There are many schools located within the mile-wide blast zone along the rail line. This puts innocent people at risk … and for what?
Say no to the rail spur; write to your supervisor!
Thomas A. Cyr, Arroyo Grande
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