June 4, 2023
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SLO County supervisors deny Phillips 66 rail spur project appeal


After more than a full day of listening to public comments, the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors voted March 14 to deny the Phillips 66 rail spur project.

The board voted 3-1 to uphold the SLO County Planning Commission’s decision in October to deny a permit application for the project, which called for running three trains per week through the Phillips 66 rail spur. Each train consists of three locomotives, two buffer cars and 80 rail cars carrying approximately 27,300 gallons of crude each, totaling about 2.19 million gallons.

District 5 Supervisor Debbie Arnold cast the sole dissenting vote. District 1 Supervisor and Board Chair John Peschong recused himself from the board’s appeal hearing this week, citing a conflict of interest related to a prior business relationship with Phillips 66.

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