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Phillips 66 oil-by-rail plan rejected once again

Mar 14, 2017
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Opponents of the Phillips 66 oil-by-rail project celebrated Tuesday after the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors voted three to one to deny the company’s appeal. 

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Mar 6, 2017
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On Central Coast county government agendas this week, the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors will hold a hearing on the Phillips 66 Rail Spur project set to go before the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors on March 13, next Monday. Santa Barbara officials are urging their San Luis Obispo counterparts to reject a Phillips 66 appeal of the 2016 San Luis Obispo Planning Commission decision to deny the project. 

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A date has been set for appeal hearings in the Phillips 66 oil-by-rail plan. In early March, county officials will revisit a proposal by the oil company to build a rail line extension from the company’s Nipomo Mesa Refinery to the main rail line.

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Phillips 66 on Wednesday filed an appeal to overturn the denial of its oil-by-rail plan by the San Luis Obispo County Planning Commission

On October 5, the Commission denied a rail line extension from the oil company’s Nipomo Mesa Refinery to the main rail line. 

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The proposal by Phillips 66 to increase the number of trains bringing crude oil to its Santa Maria refinery will not move forward with a recommendation by the San Luis Obispo County Planning Commission. 

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A decision on the proposal to increase the number of trains capable of delivering oil to the Phillips 66 refinery just west of Nipomo will not be made until at least October 5, 2016.

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A plan to increase the number of trains carrying shipments of crude oil along the Central Coast is on hold until at least late September.

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The final ruling on whether Phillips 66 can increase the number of oil shipments by train along the Central Coast is expected to be made in the coming months. 

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UPDATE: Thursday, February 25, 2016

The public hearing over whether Phillips 66 can increase the number of oil shipments by train along the Central Coast will extend into next month. 

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The San Luis Obispo Planning Commission wrapping up public comment Friday after hearing from hundreds of people voicing opposition to an oil-by-rail plan over a two day period.

Not everyone has been heard though, so commissioners must carry those over to the next scheduled meeting on February 25, 2016. 

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The San Luis Obispo County Planning Commission is in the midst of a two-day hearing to consider the Phillips 66 rail spur project proposed near Nipomo. 

Hundreds of demonstrators protested the project Thursday outside the County Courthouse.

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A hearing is set for Thursday and Friday for the public to finally sound off on the Phillips 66 rail spur proposal.

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The public will get a chance to sound off next week on a controversial rail project proposed for the Phillips 66 refinery near Nipomo. 

The project would increase the amount of crude shipped by train through the Central Coast. 

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A public hearing regarding the Phillips 66 Rail Spur Project in San Luis Obispo County is scheduled for early February. 

Passions running high over Phillips 66 rail spur plan

Oct 16, 2015
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A plan to increase oil-by-train shipments to the Phillip 66 refinery in southern San Luis Obispo County has energy workers, community groups, and a growing list of municipalities speaking up about whether its an idea the county should embrace or shelve. 

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The Grover Beach City Council will send a letter to the San Luis Obispo County Planning Commission opposing the Phillips 66 oil train proposal for its Santa Maria Refinery on the Nipomo Mesa. 

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The non-partisan San Luis Obispo County League of Women Voters took a stand this summer against the proposed Phillips 66 oil train project.

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A controversial plan to ship oil by train to the Phillips 66 Santa Maria Refinery will be the topic of a public discussion Wednesday night in Grover Beach.

Key players from both sides of the issue are scheduled to attend. Representatives from Phillips 66, as well as the Oil Refinery Watch Group are expected to present their arguments for and against the rail project.

The forum is being organized by Karen Bright with the South County Democratic Club of San Luis Obispo County. Bright says this issue is important to many people in the area.

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Santa Barbara County and City leaders will be take part in a community meeting Monday night to discuss the proposed Phillips 66 oil train project.

A growing number of districts and municipalities up and down the California coast, including several cities and counties, are writing to the San Luis Obispo County Planning Commission to express concern over the plan. All are situated along Union Pacific rail lines that could potentially carry the additional tanker cars.

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The City of San Luis Obispo is the latest municipality in California to voice concern over plans to build a rail connector to the Phillips 66 refinery near Santa Maria. 

Cities and counties along the Southern Pacific rail line have sent letters to San Luis Obispo Planning Commission expressing concern regarding the dangers associated with sending crude oil by train.

San Luis Obispo City Council Member John Ashbaugh said that they urged the Mayor to send a letter in light of the recent disaster in West Virginia.

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The City of San Jose is the latest California municipality to express concern over an increase in crude oil shipments by rail.

The San Jose City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to instruct the city manager to send a letter to the San Luis Obispo County Planning Commission, asking members to take into consideration their concerns as part of the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Phillips 66 refinery rail spur.

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KCBX News Director Randol White speaks with San Luis Obispo County’s new 4th District Supervisor, Lynn Compton (R-Nipomo), about her visions and plans for her tenure.

Top issues for the politician include a new rail spur to the Phillips 66 refinery, air particulate matter generated by the Oceano/Nipomo Dunes, groundwater management, and Huasna Valley oil exploration.

Compton is a longtime resident of Nipomo and beat incumbent Supervisor Caryn Ray (D-Arroyo Grande) in the November Mid-Term Election.

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Large construction projects are visible in and around the western edge of the Trilogy community on the Nipomo Mesa, where views of the Oceano Dunes and Pacific Ocean are a big selling point. However, on the same horizon sits the Phillips 66 Santa Maria Refinery.