SLO City Council asks county to reject rail spur
February 19, 2015
The San Luis Obispo City Council on Tuesday authorized Mayor Jan Marx to write a letter to the San Luis Obispo County Planning Commission asking it to deny the proposed Phillips 66 Nipomo rail spur project.
“The City of San Luis Obispo is situated in an especially vulnerable area due to curvature of the rail line and rail cross over as the line passes through our densely populated residential and commercial areas…,” Marx says in her letter. “Our firefighters and emergency response or hazmat teams are not funded or equipped to deal with the magnitude of a rail disaster, which would become more likely if the project were approved.”
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, quality of life, and environmental and safety impacts if there is a spill.