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Hearing Set To Continue On Oil Refinery Controversy On Central Coast

Posted on Wednesday, February 24, 2016 3:58pm

A hearing on a controversial proposal to expand a Central Coast oil refinery is set to continue tomorrow morning.

After hearing from around 200 people during two days of hearings earlier this month, the San Luis Obispo County Planning Commission will hear more testimony on the Phillips 66 proposal for its refinery in Nipomo.

The company is asking for permission to add a nearly 7,000 foot long rail spur, and unloading facility to handle shipments from at least three trains of oil a week from Southern, and Northern California.  The plan has generated controversy over safety of the nearly mile long trains passing through communities en route to the refinery.

It’s expected the hearing will once again last all day, and it’s unclear as to whether the planning commission will actually be able to begin its deliberations.

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