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Concerned citizens from all over California gathered this weekend to testify before the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors, tasked with deciding the fate of a proposed Phillips 66 oil train. The project would transport over 6 million gallons of crude oil each week into a Santa Maria refinery. Unfortunately for the Houston-based energy company, the Board ultimately rejected the project in a 3-1 vote, after a full day of public testimonials and a downtown rally strongly opposing oil trains. 

The decision represents a victory for the environment as well as public health and safety, with many community members citing the possibility of another train derailment or oil explosion as a top concern.

Megan (pictured left) was one of the activists from Sacramento County to attend the hearing. She describes the win against the oil train expansion as very satisfying: "I took the day off from work - I work near the Capitol. I spoke about how the bomb trains would come right near the Capitol Building and said that investing in fossil fuel infrastructure is like investing in typewriter factories. It was good to see how the climate justice lobby overwhelmed the oil lobby. It was also fun to get to know my fellow activists during our trip. Human connections are stronger than the dying oil behemoth."

One of those fellow activists was Brandon, 21, who testified before the Board of Supervisors on behalf of students. Reflecting on his experience he says, "I heard thought-provoking speakers from around the state voice their concerns at the public hearing and outside at the rally. I realized that I could learn how to live stream this happening and start a conversation online. I did so, and my stream just happened to reach over 100 viewers."

Justine (pictured right) also participated and led the rally singing "The Times They are A-Changing". When interviewed by The Tribune on the oil trains she explained, "It’s an immense risk for a very shortsighted profit for Phillips 66.”

 


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06/30/2017 6:56pm

Please protect citizens’ inalienable rights to life as well as healthy air, water, land, and ecosystem services. Issue a moratorium on oil-by-rail until the public-safety and environmental health issues are resolved. Citizens’ rights are being infringed by the richest multinational corporations in the world.

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