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Don't deny our safety; deny the permit

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The only way to keep our county safe from fires and explosions caused by oil train derailments—with their accompanying clouds of oily, toxic smoke that sticks to everything and their groundwater pollution—is to prevent the huge increase in oil trains going through our county. And the only way to do that is to deny a permit to Phillips 66.

Without a permit, the hugely increased traffic in oil trains won’t happen, because they would not be able to reach the refinery. The permit includes a rail spur to the refinery. Without the permit, they can’t build the spur. Keep us all safe. Deny the permit. Demand your city go on record as opposing the permit, and demand the county deny the permit.

-- Pearl Munak - Paso Robles

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