We did it in San Luis Obispo!

Today, the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors voted 3-1 to deny the Phillips 66 oil trains project.

The vote came after yesterday’s incredible display of mass opposition to this dangerous project. During the Board of Supervisors hearings, activists unfurled a scroll displaying nearly 4,000 petitions from SLO County residents opposed to the project. We then dropped off a box of over 34,000 Californians who have echoed that call to say #StopOilTrains.

Then came the SLO #CleanEnergyCrossroads rally that attracted hundreds of participants. The rally featured indigenous leaders, elected officials and grassroots leaders that are BOTH fighting oil trains, offshore drilling, and expanded oil drilling in Price Canyon AND advocating for clean energy, including expanded solar, public transit and community choice energy. The rally presented not only unified opposition to oil trains but a positive vision for the future of SLO County and beyond.

Today’s vote affirmed what we’ve known all along: that people power can overcome Big Oil. We’ve seen it time and time again in the fight to #StopOilTrains here in California, from Pittsburg to Benicia and now to San Luis Obispo. 

This victory is really thanks to YOU.

Over the past nearly 4 years, you’ve showed up at hearings time and time again. You’ve signed and distributed petitions and made phone calls. You’ve written to your local paper, organized meetings, and mobilized for rallies. And you’ve engaged communities, elected officials, first responders, teachers, nurses, and students in SLO County and throughout California to stand firm in opposition to the dangerous Phillips 66 oil trains project.

And in the end, the decision makers did the right thing: they listened to you, and they voted NO. 

In the weeks to come, we’ll be in touch about what this victory means for SLO, and let you know about other opportunities to stay engaged in similar issues. 

But for now, we want to thank you for everything you’ve done to ProtectSLO and California from the threat of oil trains. This is what people power looks like.