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Are oil trucks next? 

You can always count on Bill Deneen to be way off the end of the dock and any issue. His views on Phillips 66 are another bent rail.

Trains are the lifeblood of this country. The U.S. was developed around the railroads. Many of the towns in Santa Barbara and SLO counties are railroad towns. I am always amazed by how media people “discover” things that have been around for centuries.

“Heavy stuff” has been going by our doorsteps every day for years. Some of the chemical trains are far more dangerous than the few oil trains that pass. It is hard to justify the hysteria over a minor addition of a siding to the existing Phillips 66 Nipomo oil refinery. If the oil trains don’t stop there, they will continue on through Nipomo to LA.

Either way, they pass through SLO and Nipomo.

Do you want to stop them all together? You may want to, but you cannot make this happen. It is more dangerous to drive on Highway 101 than to have an oil train pass by.

Do any of you naysayers realize how many mega trailers of gasoline trucks move up and down 101 each day? They are far more volatile than any oil train. But there they are. Are they next in your delusion to stop oil development?

-- Justin M. Ruhge - Lompoc

-- Justin M. Ruhge - Lompoc

-- Justin M. Ruhge - Lompoc

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