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Phillips 66 could still file another appeal

SLO Board of Supervisors rejected previous appeal

Phillips 66 could still file another...

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - Paso Robles resident Steven Sprague is ecstatic that more oil trains won't be coming his way, telling us: "I love it - there's no other way of putting it. We gotta start looking at green energy."

County supervisors voted to deny the expansion project appeal on Tuesday.

"I mean how many appeals do you need? I think it's been denied twice. They should just give up and move on," says Sprague.

Phillips 66 released a statement saying: "We presented a strong proposal and will review concerns raised.  We will also consider all of the options still available."

They could still file another appeal, this time with the Coastal Commission in Superior Court.

Business advocates believe Phillips could get a fairer hearing in court than they did with supervisors.

"In the Superior Court, they're gonna have to show evidence that their decision to deny the project was valid and that evidence was actually real," says Government Affairs Director of COLAB, Mike Brown.

Brown told the board he supported the project during their hearing on Monday.

The local supervisor in the affected district is Nipomo's Lynn Compton.

She says she's heard loud and clear that residents don't want any expansion at the Phillips plant.

"I've spent two years talking to constituents about it, I've spent two years talking to the planning commission, talking with people in our planning department so I think all of us had our questions answered by the time it came before the board," she explains.

With the train project denied, it could mean more trucks carrying crude to the plant all because of pipeline closures forcing oil shipments onto the highways.

"I think everybody agrees the safest way is via pipeline [but] we have a problem with Santa Barbara County and the delivery of the pipeline that's not been fixed yet down there," Compton says.


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