SLO Planning Commission rejects Phillips 66 oil-by-rail proposal

​​To a standing ovation by opponents of Phillips 66 Co.’s oil-by-rail plan, the San Luis Obispo County Planning Commission voted October 5th to reject the project that had gained statewide attention. Read the SLO Tribune article.

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Oil Tanker Rail Yard

Proposed Project

Current Nipomo Dunes Refinery

The Philips 66 Refinery has been part of the Dunes landscape for nearly 60 years.

This is Not Just a Local Issue

Transport of oil by rail is a national safety concern.  California government officials  are stepping up to say "no" to the detrimental impacts of oil tankers passing through their cities and communities.

Why This Matters to You

There are many, many reasons why crude-by-rail is dead wrong for California and SLO County - 29 researched issues are provided for you to share with others.  Let us know your personal concerns as well by visiting Contact Us.

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Our Purpose

If the rail terminal is not built, the oil trains will not come.  Our research of the facts relating to the proposed Phillips 66 rail terminal project concludes that the SLO County Planning Commissioners and Supervisors must reject this project.

 Please consider sending a letter to SLO County Officials expressing your concerns about this project.

Mesa Refinery Watch Group Founder shares why everyone who lives, visits or has contacts with people along the railroad tracks in SLO County needs to get involved to stop the Phillips 66 rail terminal project.

What do You Need to Do

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Attend Mesa Refinery Watch Group presentations at City Council meetings and other community gatherings.  Your support matters to visibly demonstrate your opposition to the proposed rail spur.

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