SANTA BARBARA, CA – As part of the North American Stop Oil Trains Week of Action, Santa Barbara community members and groups will hold an action this Saturday to highlight the dangers inherent in transporting oil by rail. Leaders of the local groups opposing Phillips 66 Rail Spur and impacted residents will be available for interviews.
When: Saturday, July 11, 11:00am
What: The Santa Barbara Oil Train demonstration is part of the North American Stop Oil Trains Week of Action, July 6-13.
Who: Food & Water Watch, Santa Barbara Chapter of the Sierra Club and Santa Barbara County Action Network are hosting the local demonstration. National coordination by Forest Ethics and Center for Biological Diversity.
Where: Moreton Bay Fig Tree near the Amtrak station, 30 West Montecito St. SB.
Becca Claassen, Santa Barbara County Organizer, Food & Water Watch
Fran Farina, Sierra Club Los Padres Chapter
Ken Hough, Executive Director, Santa Barbara County Action Network
Jane Baxter, Santa Barbara County Action Network, Author of New Report on the Phillips 66 Spur
Visuals: Colorful signs, speeches, people chanting
Background: The oil industry is moving millions of gallons of highly toxic, potentially explosive crude oil through our country in unsafe rail cars over tracks that were never designed for this dangerous cargo. Phillips 66 is attempting to build a rail spur that will result in millions of gallons of this crude coming through our Santa Barbara County and San Luis Obispo County communities as well. Dozens of communities along the tracks have written letters to the San Luis Obispo Planning Commissioners requesting that they reject this dangerous proposal.
On July 6, citizens of Lac-Megantic, Quebec, gathered for the solemn anniversary of the tragic 2013 oil train derailment that decimated their community. In Santa Barbara we face the threat of a similar accident. The ForestEthics Blast-Zone.org map shows that allowing oil trains to travel through Santa Barbara County threatens homes, schools and hospitals as well as the very same stretch of coastline that was devastated by the recent Refugio Oil Spill.