By Cynthia Lambert, San Luis Obispo Tribune (March 11, 2016)
On March 11, after listening to more than 400 public speakers over four days on the controversial proposal, the San Luis Obispo County Planning Commission began deliberating on Phillips 66 Co.’s plan to upgrade its refinery to receive Tar Sands crude oil by rail. The ultimate destination after first minimally processing it in SLO County? Rodeo.
But Planning Commissioner Jim Irving said Phillips 66 may not get a final decision on its project for five years because it may face challenges over both state and federal laws. “This is going to go from us to (county) supervisors, to the Coastal Commission, to the Supreme Court.”
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