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Rally in San Luis Obispo calls for stop to oil trains

Rally in San Luis Obispo calls for stop to oil trains

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Individuals gathered at Mitchell Park in downtown San Luis Obispo on Saturday to voice opposition to a proposal by Phillips 66 to bring oil trains to its refinery on the Nipomo Mesa.

"We can't simply wait for the next oil train to derail and destroy homes, a school or a town along the thousands of miles of tracks that these trains travel," said Charles Varni, Surfrider San Luis Obispo chapter member, who helped organize the event. "Oil trains are too dangerous for the rails."

Santa Barbara County Supervisor Salud Carbajal spoke at the rally, as did Arlene Burns, who serves as the mayor of Mosier, Oregon. In early June, a Union Pacific Railroad train, towing cars filled with crude oil, derailed and exploded near Burns' community. 

Burns traveled from Oregon to share her story locally because she believes San Luis Obispo County has the power to say "no" to oil trains where Mosier didn't, according to organizers.

Phillips 66 has requested the county approve a development plan and coastal development permit to allow modification of its existing rail spur at its Nipomo Mesa refinery and the installation of rail-unloading facilities in order to bring unrefined heavy crude oil to the facility via train.

The county Planning Commission took a straw vote earlier this year indicating it would support the proposal, despite hundreds of public comments urging a "no" vote.

Organizers led a peaceful march from the park to the nearby Amtrak station after the rally, where additional speakers addressed the large crowd.

"Across North America, our partners are holding citizen actions to call for an immediate stop to crude oil trains," said Alex Ramel, Stand field director. "Stopping all oil trains tomorrow wouldn’t change our oil supply, but it would make 25,000,000 Americans living in the blast zone safer."

April Charlton writes for Lee Central Coast Newspapers. Follow her on Twitter@WordsDawn

 

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