125 results for author: No Coal in Oakland


Coal Miner Pays Visit to East Bay: “Putting the ‘Just’ in the Just Energy Transition”

Nick Mullins, a former underground coal miner whose family has lived in Appalachia for generations, spoke in the East Bay about the desperate conditions in those communities, helping us understand their hostility toward environmentalists and their support for Trump.  He emphasized the importance of respecting local experience and leadership and focused on the absolute priority of jobs in a mono-economy where life is tightly controlled by the coal industry. Nick, who is on a seven-week tour of the United States, spoke at both the Bobby Bowens Progressive Center in Richmond and the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United office in ...

Court Puts Developers’ Quest for Damages on Hold

Second Lawsuit Stalls as Court of Appeal Weighs Anti-SLAPP Motion An Alameda County Superior court judge has issued a stay of developer Phil Tagami’s lawsuit seeking millions of dollars in damages against the City of Oakland and a reinstatement of the terminal’s lease which Oakland terminated in November.  The case will be on hold until the California Court of Appeal can decide whether the lawsuit is barred by California’s Anti-SLAPP Statute.  The stay could last as long as two years as the Court of Appeal reviews the City’s argument that the lawsuit is a disguised attack on speech and petitioning protected by the First Amendment of the ...

Planning Commission considering steps to stop Port of Richmond coal

The City of Richmond may soon take steps to stop the handling of coal and petroleum coke (known as pet coke) at the Port of Richmond. Richmond’s Planning Commission will consider the Richmond Coal Ordinance at a hearing originally scheduled for June 20 and hopefully to be held in July—watch this space for updates. Coal in Richmond The Levin-Richmond Terminal has shipped many different commodities over the years.  However, as the domestic market shrinks, coal companies have responded by upping their exports dramatically. One of only three West Coast ports in the US that ship coal, Richmond has seen coal exports rise 436% between 2013 and ...

SF Baykeeper Honors No Coal in Oakland With Blue Rivet Award

San Francisco Baykeeper presented No Coal in Oakland with a Blue Rivet Award at their annual dinner on March 3.

Richmond City Council aims to phase out coal shipment

On December 18, the Richmond City Council took its first step toward ending the shipment of coal and petroleum coke (pet coke) through the city. These toxic commodities are shipped overseas from the privately-owned Richmond Levin terminal. The Richmond City Council is considering legislation to phase out and ultimately end the use of the terminal for coal and pet coke. At the council meeting yesterday, about a dozen people spoke in support and no one spoke in opposition to an initial draft of the legislation. Councilmembers voted unanimously to submit the proposed ordinance to the city attorney for review. The proposed ordinance would prevent ...

More than forty community members contribute to December 6th NCIO meeting

Over forty people gathered for a lively discussion of next steps in the campaign to make sure that coal is never shipped out of Oakland, on the evening of December 6 at the West Side Missionary Baptist Church. lora jo foo and Ted Franklin reported on the status of both cases currently in progress: the appeal of the federal judge’s decision that reversed the ban, and the suit filed by coal developer Phil Tagami on Tuesday in the state court. The appeal will take years to resolve. The timeline for the state case is less clear at this point. NCIO is closely watching both cases and supporting the city in its defense against the industry-funded legal ...

Tagami Sues Again Claiming City’s Liability May Reach Hundreds of Millions of Dollars

As his plan to build the West Coast’s largest coal export facility falters, developer Phil Tagami has launched a second lawsuit against the City of Oakland, blaming the City for his inability to meet construction deadlines set forth in his lease and claiming the City may owe his companies Oakland Bulk and Oversized Terminal (OBOT) and Oakland Global Rail Enterprise (OGRE) hundreds of millions of dollars in damages. In a 50-page complaint filed in Alameda County Superior Court today, OBOT and OGRE allege that the City unlawfully interfered with Tagami's efforts to build the project because he refused to promise not to ship fossil fuels through the ...

City Says Coal Terminal Lease Is Dead; Tagami Threatens New Suit

In a dramatic new challenge to developer Phil Tagami’s plan to build a marine coal terminal in West Oakland, the City of Oakland has given notice that he will soon lose his 66-year lease on the West Gateway for failure to meet critical milestones for beginning construction. Although Tagami’s lawyer asserts that the lease has not been terminated, City Attorney Barbara Parker notified Tagami that the lease will automatically terminate on November 22, 2018 without any further notice. In response, Tagami is threatening a new lawsuit against the City demanding $26 million in damages and a court order giving him a two-year reprieve on meeting his ...

Barbara Lee refuses support from coal developer Tagami

Congresswoman Barbara Lee, representing California's 13th congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives, including northern and western Alameda County, recently joined No Coal in Oakland's pledge to refuse any support from coal developer Phil Tagami until he makes a legally binding commitment not to use Oakland's proposed marine terminal for coal. Congresswoman Lee is the most prominent candidate and elected official to endorse NCIO's campaign so far. The pledges are intended to demonstrate to Phil Tagami that he is politically isolated as long as he pursues his coal project. More than fifty office holders and candidates have ...

No Coal in Vallejo launches

No Coal in Vallejo launched on Saturday, October 6, 2018, when more than two dozen people crowded into the VStudio community space to hear about the campaigns against coal in Oakland and Richmond, ask questions, and think about how to move a campaign against coal forward in Vallejo. Many of the people who attended on Saturday are activists in Fresh Air Vallejo, a group that has been fighting for 3-1/2 years to prevent the construction of a cement factory on the Napa River. The cement factory poses serious environmental hazards. Cement dust is toxic, linked to asthma and cancer. The Orcem plant would operate 24 hours a day, with dust, diesel fumes, ...