SLO County supervisors deny Phillips 66 oil-by-rail appeal

  SLO TRIBUNE BY MONICA VAUGHA The San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors has denied Phillips 66 Co.’s proposal to build a rail spur that would allow it to deliver 6.6 million gallons of crude oil by rail each week to its Nipomo Mesa refinery. The supervisors’ vote to uphold a Planning Commission decision denying the project does not mean it’s dead, however. Phillips 66 can appeal to the 12-member California Coastal Commission and continue to fight the county’s decision in court. The 3-1 vote Tuesday to reject the company’s appeal was met with cheers and applause from a crowd of county and statewide residents, some of whom have fought the project for years over concerns that any derailment along the route could be catastrophic. Continue reading

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

BY CYNTHIA To a standing ovation by opponents of Phillips 66 Co.’s oil-by-rail plan, the San Luis Obispo County Planning Commission voted Wednesday to reject the project that had gained statewide attention. Continue reading

"Hundreds condemn Phillips 66 oil-by-rail proposal in first day of two-day hearing"

An article by the SLO Tribune on the Planning Commission's Public Hearings on Feb 4th and 5th, and the immense turnout we had for the rally on the 4th.  Continue reading

Mesa Refinery Watch Group Newsletter

    Each month, significant progress is made to shield citizens from Phillips' intent to bring their crude oil trains through California's communities. The Mesa Refinery Watch Group puts out a newsletter detailing these stories. To access the latest news about the oil train fight, please click on the link below. Continue reading

1 Million CA Students at Risk from Oil Trains

According to a study done by the Center for Biological Diversity, over one million California children go to school within a one-mile radius of an oil train blast zone. In the last several years there have been multiple accidents involving oil train derailments. The U.S. Department of Transportation recommends an evacuation zone of at least a half-mile in all directions for a single tanker car on fire. But, if more than one tanker is caught on fire, one-or-more mile evacuation zone is recommended to prevent the inhalation of toxic fumes, matter, and heat. Continue reading

Grover Beach Votes to Oppose Phillips 66 Oil Train Project

Via KSBY  Opponents and supporters packed Monday night's Grover Beach City Council meeting on the Phillips 66 Refinery Rail Project, which would double the amount of crude oil moved by rail through the Central Coast. Continue reading

Phillips 66 oil-by-rail proposal prompts a statewide outcry

Via SLO Tribune Protest letters flood in from north and south of San Luis Obispo County BY CYNTHIA LAMBERT clambert@thetribunenews.comJuly 11, 2015  Cities, school districts and public officials throughout California have signaled their opposition to a proposed project at the Nipomo Mesa refinery that would allow it to receive oil by rail, but nearly all San Luis Obispo County public agencies have stayed out of the fray. Continue reading

Santa Barbara Votes to Oppose Phillips 66 Oil Trains

Via the Santa Barbara Independent: The Santa Barbara City Council voted 5-2 to write a letter urging that San Luis Obispo reject an application by Phillips 66 to expand the railroad spur at its Nipomo refinery, thus creating the space necessary for a 1.4-mile-long train — carrying up to 80 cars of oil — to use the facility as a destination. Mayor Helene Schneider and Councilmember Gregg Hart put the item before the council, arguing the risk posed by the five oil trains expected per week was unacceptable. Continue reading

Thanks to all who attended the Stop Oil Trains in SLO March and Rally!

Thank you for all those who came out on July 11th to say NO to the Phillips 66 oil train project! 400 people like you came out to support a healthy and safe San Luis Obispo County. Thank you to our speakers, including San Luis Obispo mayor, for adding your voice to this movement. Here’s a video of the rally and march.