Center for Biological Diversity

Media Advisory, March 9, 2017

Contact:  Charles Varni, (805) 459-6698,
Valerie Love, Center for Biological Diversity, (510) 274-9713,
Ethan Buckner,, (612) 718-3847,
Andrew Christie, Sierra Club, (805) 543-8717,

Hundreds to Testify, Rally Against Phillips 66 Oil Train Project in San Luis Obispo

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif.— On Monday, March 13, the San Luis Obispo Board of Supervisors will hear the appeal of the controversial Phillips 66 oil train terminal proposal, which was rejected in a 3-2 vote by the San Luis Obispo County Planning Commission in October. Hundreds of citizens, along with numerous elected officials, will testify at Monday's board meeting and hold a rally to demonstrate the public's overwhelming opposition to the project.

The “SLO Clean Energy Crossroads Rally” will feature speakers including Mayor Heidi Harmon and Rep. Salud Carbajal (District 24) and bring residents together around a positive vision for clean energy development in the county. At the hearings, activists will also deliver more than 25,000 names of people who have sent comments and signed petitions against the project, and present a banner with the logos of more than 50 cities, counties and school boards that have written letters and passed resolutions in opposition.

What: SLO Clean Energy Crossroads Rally outside Phillips 66 oil train hearings

When: Monday, March 13, hearing starts at 9 a.m., rally at noon.

Where: 1055 Monterey Ave, San Luis Obispo

Who: Speakers at the rally will include San Luis Obispo Mayor Heidi Harmon, Rep. Salud Carbajal, Benicia City Council member Steve Young and local community leaders. Rally endorsers include the Sierra Club Santa Lucia Chapter, ECOSLO,, California Nurses Association, the Center for Biological Diversity, SLO Surfrider Foundation, Protect Price Canyon, SLO Clean Energy,, SLO County Democratic Party (SLOCDP), and Women's March in San Luis Obispo.

Media availability and visuals: Rally speakers and community leaders will be available for interviews before and after the rally. Visuals include a large oil train art installation and activists with signs and banners.

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