Target: Murry Wilson, Environmental Resource Specialist for the County of San Luis Obispo Department of Planning and Building
Goal: Stop a proposed rail project that intends to transport millions of gallons of crude oil.
Natural resources and citizen health are in danger from a proposed railroad project that hopes to transport crude oil to an oil refinery. Currently, the refinery receives oil through pipelines. If this project is approved, the refinery will receive 2.5 million more gallons of crude oil nearly every day by the rail line. The locomotives will disrupt towns and pollute the air. Oil spills are not uncommon when such dangerous crude is transported by railroad. The time is now to stop this project before it starts.
Known as the Santa Maria Phillips 66 Rail Spur Project, the rail intends to haul nearly a half billion gallons of crude oil each year. The project doesn’t involve just the construction of a new railroad, but also the construction of a rail car unloading facility, pumping station, and a new pipeline.
Railroad transport causes air, noise, and odor pollution. Trains emit dangerous greenhouse gases, threatening air quality and citizen health. Diesel particulate emissions can cause lung cancer and other respiratory conditions. In a time where we should cherish the environment, Phillips wants to threaten our resources and local communities by transporting this nonrenewable fuel source. Transporting oil by rail has shown to be dangerous and deadly. There have been more oil train accidents in 2014 than in any other year on record. More crude oil was spilled by train accidents in 2013 than in the past four decades combined. These spills have killed citizens in Canada and destroyed water quality and homes in West Virginia. This needs to stop.
Twenty-two thousand Californians have already expressed their opposition to this project. By signing this petition, you are urging California’s County of San Luis Obispo Department of Planning and Building to deny Phillips’ request to construct this potentially destructive rail line.
Dear Mr. Wilson,
The Santa Maria Phillips 66 Rail Spur Project puts our environment at risk. The line will bring in an astounding 2.5 million gallons of crude oil a day to Phillips’ refinery. The trains will emit dangerous greenhouse gases, which will reduce air quality. The crude oil transported will eventually be used for energy, causing further greenhouse gas emissions. Nearby citizens could experience a decline in health from diesel particulate emissions, known to cause lung cancer and respiratory conditions. Californians have stood up against this project and I want you to do the same.
Please deny the application for this rail line. The rail spur plan puts San Luis Obispo County at risk of oil spills. Oil train accidents are not uncommon—there have been more oil train accidents in 2014 than any other year on record. Spills from oil train accidents can damage soil and water as well as negatively affect the local economy. Please take action to stop this rail spur project. You will be saving the environment and protecting the health of San Luis Obispo County residents.
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