Phillips 66 Oil Train Proposal

  • Goal: Protect our coastal communities and environment from risk of oil train explosion or spill
  • Year Started: 2015
  • Clients Sierra Club, Surfrider Foundation, Stand, Center for Biological Diversity, Environmental Defense Center

Phillips 66 has proposed to construct a rail spur at its oil refinery in San Luis Obispo County to import oil from other parts of the country, including tar sands. If approved, the project would allow up to five 80-car trains each carrying more than 26,000 gallons of crude oil through Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo counties each week. This project threatens our coastal environment and millions of Californians who live in the blast zone — the one mile evacuation area in the event of an oil train derailment or explosion.

In the last five years, the number of crude-carrying oil trains in the U.S. has grown from under 10,000 to over 400,000 – a 40-fold increase. Unfortunately, so too have the deadly accidents. Across the country, oil trains have derailed and exploded, killing people, polluting the environment, and destroying property. As this proposal works its way through the permitting process, EDC and our clients are working to stop this project and protect our communities from threats to our clean air, environmentally sensitive habitat and water quality, and the wildlife that depend on it.

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