Heard of oil trains? Well you certainly would hear one if it exploded in your backyard. Unless we take action, oil trains may begin traveling through the southern part of Santa Cruz County, near Aromas, as well as through Elkhorn Slough, San Jose, and other neighboring areas.
Pauline Seales of 350 Santa Cruz writes about this: "We are under assault by Big Oil, from tar sands and crude-by-rail. California could be the site of the next oil train disaster, unless we take action now. Right now, Phillips 66 is proposing to upgrade its Santa Maria refinery to begin receiving oil trains carrying dangerous, toxic, and climate-killing tar sands oil. If approved, more of these bomb trains will begin rolling through thousands of California communities, and right near highly populated areas including schools, homes, community centers, and parks. Millions of lives will be at risk and our state’s clean air, water, and climate threatened.