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Oil Train Proposal Draws Hundreds of Protesters to Central Coast of California Print E-mail
Written by Madeline Palaszewski   
Thursday, 04 February 2016 21:45

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Protesters traveled to San Luis Obispo from all over California to express their opposition to Phillips 66’s proposal to build a rail spur so that crude oil currently delivered by pipeline could be transported to its Nipomo facility by rail.

Two day hearings before the San Luis Obispo Planning Commission began Thursday, February 4. The rally was held at noon across the street from the hearing in downtown San Luis Obispo. Several hundred protesters from northern, southern and inland valley areas of the state expressed their opposition to the rail spur.

The main concerns center on health and safety issues. In January, San Luis Obispo County staff recommended denial of the proposal saying that the rail spur could result in oil spills and fires. In addition, the report said that the project would generate toxic air emissions that exceed San Luis Obispo County health risk thresholds.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 04 February 2016 22:26
 
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