148 results for author: No Coal in Oakland


AD 18 Candidates hold starkly different views on preventing a West Oakland Coal Terminal

On August 31, voters in Assembly District 18 (most of Oakland, including West Oakland, as well as Alameda and San Leandro) will decide who represents them in Sacramento now that Rob Bonta has been appointed state Attorney General. The two candidates, Janani Ramachandran and Mia Bonta, appeared on KQED’s August 16 Forum. Longtime NCIO campaign member lora jo foo called in to ask their positions on the Oakland coal terminal controversy. The following is a transcript of her question and the candidate’s responses:   lora jo foo: I’m lora jo foo, and I’m a resident of Oakland, and for the past seven years I’ve been part of the No Coal ...

Utah illegally misdirected $109,000,000 in public funds to fossil fuel projects

The Utah Clean Infrastructure Coalition, of which No Coal in Oakland is a member, has released a report showing that a government board charged with administering mineral lease royalty payments from the federal government has funneled more than $109 million in public money to projects that promote or expand fossil fuel extraction, in violation of the federal Mineral Leasing Act. The report also documents that basic infrastructure projects in rural communities are going unfunded while Utah leaders use federal lease revenues and royalties to prop up the fossil fuel industry, including a proposed oil railway and oil refinery. The government board ...

KPIX: developer coal threat as bid to extort payment from City of Oakland

Behind the chyron "Concessions or Coal?" KPIX (the local CBS affiliate) broadcast a story headlined "Despite a Coal Ban in Oakland, Developer Leverages Proposed Facility Against City" on the July 8, 2021 evening news. Margaret Rossoff and Ann Harvey of No Coal in Oakland, and Isha Tobis Clarke of Youth vs Apocalypse were interviewed for the story, as well as Greg McConnell, now acting (as the story describes) as "front man for Vikas Tandon, a financier who has taken over plans for a coal terminal next to the Port of Oakland." In the segment, McConnell floats Tandon's likely bluff (i.e., the claim he has investors ready to dump $250 million into ...

New terminal developer threatens to stick with coal unless Oakland pays him plenty

Vikas Tandon wants the City to fork over piles of money, to lower his rent, to extend the West Gateway lease, to provide construction financing, and/or to hand over additional property.  The hedge fund operator -- who late last year acquired a contested sublease on the Oakland waterfront property where developers have been angling to build a coal terminal -- met via Zoom in early May with anti-coal activists and attorneys from a half-dozen local and national organizations, and told participants that in return for significant concessions from the City he’ll develop the site as something other than a coal terminal (alternate commodity possibilities: ...

Oakland Post’s coal op-ed is riddled with errors

Late last month, Paul Cobb, publisher of the Oakland Post, wrote an opinion piece criticizing Oakland’s officials for refusing to negotiate a resolution to the dispute over a coal terminal developers want to build next to the Bay Bridge toll plaza. In fact, it is the developers who have not responded to City requests to reach a settlement. The opinion piece, titled “Time for the Mayor and the City to stop the Madness and Settle the Coal Dispute,” was published on the front page of the March 24-30, 2021 print edition (datelined March 25, 2021 on the paper’s website). It makes the false claim that the City of Oakland has declined invitations ...

No Coal in Oakland and the 2020 City Election

In 2016 the Oakland City Council voted unanimously to ban the storage and handling of coal at a proposed marine terminal on the city’s waterfront. The ban was reversed in a federal court decision, but construction of the terminal has not begun and the City still has multiple options for preventing its use for coal. No Coal in Oakland (NCIO) wants to preserve the City Council’s commitment to a coal-free Oakland, an issue of environmental justice that aims to both reduce our city’s contribution to climate chaos and protect residents of West Oakland already disproportionately subject to pollution. NCIO rejects any compromise that would allow coal ...

Utah Legislature: No Special Session Bailout for Bankrupt Oakland Coal Project

The Utah legislature completed its special session Thursday without allocating $20 million to bail would-be coal terminal operator Insight Terminal Solutions (“Insight”) out of bankruptcy, thanks to the work of a coalition of public interest and environmental activists formed less than two months ago after NCIO discovered and informed Utah allies that four counties hosting Wolverine Fuels' coal mines planned to apply for state funds to pass on to Insight to keep it in CEO John Siegel's hands. See Utah coal counties pledge $20 million in state money to help get Oakland port back on track and Will Throwing John Siegel a $20 Million Lifeline Buy Utah ...

WOEIP, Youth vs Apocalypse, and NCIO on KPFA’s “Full Circle”

Three Oakland activists shared their experiences working for environmental justice, including on the campaign to keep coal out of our city, on KPFA on August 14, 2020. “Full Circle” -- hosted by the First Voice Apprenticeship program at KPFA -- broadcast an interview conducted by Darlene Pagano with representatives of three local organizations: West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project, Youth vs. Apocalypse, and No Coal in Oakland. Ms. Margaret Gordon, Isha Tobias Clarke, and Michael Kaufman represented the three organizations, respectively (Ms. Margaret is both a founder and co-director of WOEIP and a member of NCIO’s Coordinating Committ...

A change of platform for NCIO Updates

No Coal in Oakland sends e-mail updates to let our community know about important developments in our campaign, and to engage Oaklanders and allies in helping to keep our waterfront free from toxic coal. For many years we have been using Mailchimp to send NCIO Updates. As of mid-year 2020, however, we’re changing platforms. Going forward, we’ll be using Action Network -- an organizing platform widely used since 2012 by progressive groups and campaigns, from the Black Friday Walmart Strikes to Daily Kos to Diablo Rising Tide -- both to maintain our e-mail list and to send future updates to our community. If you're not already subscribed, ...

Utah money laundering scheme aims to bail out bankrupt Oakland coal operators

“Utah coal counties pledge $20M in state money to help get Oakland port back on track,” an article in the Salt Lake Tribune published on Sunday July 5, 2020, exposes a money laundering scheme that has been years in the making. A No Coal in Oakland article of March 2016 describes the Utah state government's complicity in a shell game aimed at sidestepping initial legal challenges to attempts to squander public funding originally allocated to mitigate the effects of mining on local (Utah) communities. The scheme, driven by elected leaders in four Utah counties in the center of the state and laid out this week by SL Tribune journalist Brian ...