154 results for author: No Coal in Oakland


Some Oakland Candidates Declare Opposition to Coal. Others do not.

The ongoing battle over a proposed coal terminal on the Oakland Waterfront Local developer Phil Tagami has been angling to build a coal terminal next to the Bay Bridge toll plaza for nearly ten years now, at the West Gateway site on the former Oakland Army Base. In 2016 the Oakland City Council voted unanimously to ban the storage and handling of coal in the city, including at the proposed marine terminal on the city’s waterfront. Tagami sued the City in Federal court, then filed another suit in Alameda County Superior Court weeks after the City of Oakland announced imminent termination of Tagami’s lease for non-performance of contractual ...

Coal developer donations to Ignacio De La Fuente pollute 2022 Mayoral Race

Would-be Oakland coal terminal developers appear to be shopping for influence in the Mayor’s office, by making major contributions to an “Independent Expenditure Committee” to support the mayoral candidacy of Ignacio De La Fuente. According to the latest reports, de la Fuente hasn’t raised a whole lot of other funding for his 2022 mayoral bid. To help the struggling De La Fuente, two contributions of $50,000 each were made in early September to an “Independent Expenditure Committee” set up by longtime coal lobbyist Greg McConnell (described as “a front man for Vikas Tandon, a financier who has taken over plans for a coal terminal next ...

Tagami breaks off settlement talks, blames city

News is breaking that would-be coal-terminal developer Phil Tagami has walked away from negotiations with the City of Oakland. The developer has filed a motion with Judge Delbert C. Gee to resume litigation in California state court. The case, OBOT & OGRE vs. City of Oakland, was paused while the parties met to negotiate a settlement. It is currently set for trial in April 2023. According to a city staffer who is part of the team negotiating with Tagami, the city has been negotiating in good faith, the parties have exchanged numerous drafts of a settlement agreement, and the city has responded to all of Tagami's drafts. The city wants to nail ...

Settlement framework to scuttle Oakland coal threat announced

A “settlement framework” has been announced by Oakland City Attorney Barbara Parker to resolve ongoing lawsuits filed by and against OBOT leaseholder Phil Tagami and allied parties under terms that are expected to meet No Coal in Oakland's longstanding, core demand: to keep coal and pet coke out of Oakland.  This could be the end of Oakland’s long battle to keep developers from building a coal export terminal on the West Oakland waterfront. The framework, agreed to by the City of Oakland and West Gateway leaseholders who are parties to two lawsuits filed in California Superior Court, was announced by City Attorney Barbara Parker on ...

Richmond coal exports to end by 2026; EJ advocates celebrate agreement

The days of coal passing through the port of Richmond, California, are numbered thanks to a settlement of federal and state lawsuits. The settlement gives the Levin-Richmond Terminal until Dec. 31, 2026, to end storage and handling of coal and pet coke. Richmond's City Council voted in 2020 to phase out these toxic commodities, allowing Levin-Richmond three years to comply. Fossil fuel interests responded by filing five lawsuits, claiming Richmond’s coal ban violated the U.S Constitution and other laws. In settling, the fossil fuel plaintiffs dropped their fight against the ban in exchange for a delay in its enforcement. In the meantime, they ...

Legislation introduced to stop shadowy bid to ship coal out of Humboldt Bay

In early September, the Lost Coast Outpost posted an article titled "Aiming to Ship Coal Out of Humboldt Bay, Shadowy Corporation Makes Bid to Take Over NCRA Line," reporting that "Unidentified coal companies appear to be behind a new backdoor effort to acquire the North Coast Railroad Authority’s right-of-way between Eureka and Willits and rehabilitate the defunct railroad, all so they can export coal to Asian markets via the Port of Humboldt Bay." This morning, California State Senator Mike McGuire posted a press release describing a bill, SB 307, to put a nail in that coffin. Here is the full text of the press release, which can be found on ...

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: ...