Senator Loni Hancock: 92% of constituents oppose Oakland coal-export terminal

Northern California Climate Mobilization rally at Oakland City Hall, November 2015
California Senator Loni Hancock (District 9) reports that 92% of respondents to her office's survey oppose the proposed coal-export terminal in Oakland.

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11 East Bay Mayors Condemn Oakland Coal Plan

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Mayors of 11 East Bay cities have sent a letter to Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and the Oakland City Council urging them not to allow coal to be shipped from a marine terminal under development at the former Oakland Army Base.

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Utah Gov. Signs Bill to Fund Oakland Coal Terminal

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Utah Gov. Gary Herbert this week signed a bill appropriating $53 million in state money to fund construction of a coal export facility in Oakland. For over a year, Bowie Resource Partners, a Kentucky-based coal company with mines in central Utah, had been attempting to line up $53 million in the form of a loan to four counties from the Community Impact Board (CIB), an agency that disburses grants and loans to mitigate the impacts of extractive industries on federal land within their boundaries.  Such localities receive no tax revenues from federal land so the federal ...

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NCIO Rips Developer’s Op Ed Piece in S.F. Chronicle

No Coal in Oakland answers developer Mark McClure's misinformation-laden op ed piece published March 14 in the S.F. Chronicle.

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Health Care Leaders Speak Out Against Coal

A delegation of health care providers spoke at the Oakland City Council meeting on Tuesday.

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Coal’s Frontmen in Oakland: Who owns TLS?

Terminal Logistics Solutions (TLS), the newly created terminal operator hoping to ship millions of tons of coal annually through a new export facility in Oakland, may, in fact, be a subsidiary of Bowie Resource Partners LLC, the coal company whose Utah mines the terminal would serve, according to documents provided by Emery County, Utah, in response to a Sierra Club public records act request. An email from investment banker Jeffrey Holt to public officials in Utah in March 2015 reveals a bold plan to create TLS as part of "the business arrangement" between Bowie, four ...

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Utah Passes Bill to Invest $53 Million in Oakland Coal Terminal

Despite widespread opposition in Utah and Oakland, the Utah state legislature has approved a bill to invest $53 million of public funds in a high-risk scheme to ship millions of tons of Utah coal through the proposed Oakland Bulk and Oversized Terminal (OBOT). The Utah Community Impact Board (CIB) originally proposed to subsidize the Oakland export plan using protected funds that are derived from royalties on fossil fuel extraction and dedicated to community investments in Utah. When legal challenges to that plan arose, Utah State Senator Stuart Adams introduced a bill ...

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City Council Defers Hiring of Private Consulting Firm to Weigh in on Coal

On February 16, 2016, the Oakland City Council removed an agenda item about coal that was scheduled for discussion and possible vote that evening. This was a proposal to have an environmental consulting firm review all the documents submitted regarding the use of the Oakland Bulk and Oversized Terminal (OBOT) for the storage of coal. Coal campaign activists were concerned about this proposal for many reasons: We do not believe such a review is necessary in order to establish that “substantial evidence” has been submitted that the storage and associated transport ...

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Sen. Hancock Introduces Four Bills to Restrict Coal Exports

From Sen. Loni Hancock's press release February 19, 2016 Four-bill package introduced in California Legislature OAKLAND – Citing health and environmental threats posed by increased coal shipments in and out of California, Sen.Loni Hancock today introduced four proposed laws to restrict exports of the pollution-inducing fuel source. “I was shocked when I first learned that a development project on the former Oakland Army Base would export millions of tons of coal to China and other countries,” Hancock said during an announcement ...

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Faith Leaders Oppose Oakland Coal Exports; Voters Agree

Photo of faith leaders against coal in front of Oakland City Hall
Poll Reveals that over 75 percent of Oakland Voters Oppose Export Proposal Oakland, Calif. - Today, leaders from diverse faith communities came together to oppose the proposal to export coal through Oakland, and to call on the Oakland City Council to protect their communities by standing up to out of state coal companies. At the faith leaders rally, which was followed by a prayer vigil, the Sierra Club also released a new poll that found that 76 percent of Oakland voters oppose the coal export proposal. The poll found that 47 percent of Oakland voters have heard about ...

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