Thousands of form letters argue against Nipomo rail spur
December 7, 2014
After receiving more than 10,000 emails opposing the Phillips 66 proposed Nipomo rail spur to, staff has delayed the date for the San Luis Obispo County Planning Commission to discuss the controversial project as they review the correspondence.
Nevertheless, the emails were primarily copies of five form letters from a handful of environmental advocacy groups. During the 45 day public comment period that ended Nov. 24, groups that include the Sierra Club and the Center for Biological Diversity emailed their members asking them to email form letters opposing the spur to the county.
As a result, emails were sent from environmental advocates from throughout the United States with several emailed from other countries.
Phillips 66 is seeking to build the rail spur so that crude oil currently delivered by pipeline could be transported to the Nipomo facility by rail. Phillips 66 is seeking permission to bring in a maximum of about 250 trains each year.
Officials from Phillips 66 said the refining process and the amount of oil will not change if the 1.3 miles of track and unloading facility is approved.
Opponents of the project voice concerns over air pollution from the trains and the environmental impacts if there is a spill.
The San Luis Obispo County Planning Commission is slated to discuss the project on Feb 5.