- Associated Press - Friday, February 5, 2016

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. (AP) - A proposal to ship oil to a Central Coast refinery by rail has drawn vocal opposition.

The Tribune newspaper reports (https://bit.ly/1UQtZVV ) the crowd that came to Thursday’s meeting of the San Luis Obispo County Planning Commission meeting was the largest turnout for a public hearing in years.

The Phillips 66 Co. wants to build a 1.3-mile spur with five sets of parallel tracks from the main rail line to the Nipomo Mesa refinery. The plan also calls for an unloading facility and on-site pipelines.

Hundreds of local residents and others from throughout the state converged on the hearing and commissioners heard hours of appeals to reject the plan. Opponents fear a derailment or spill would impact public safety and health.

Planning staff recommend the proposal be denied.

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Information from: The Tribune, https://www.sanluisobispo.com

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