Friday, 29 June 2018 14:18

Ban on coal export terminal struck down

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In a victory for the coal industry, a federal judge struck down the City of Oakland’s ban on the operation of a coal terminal, clearing the way for coal to be exported from the West Coast port. US District Judge Vince Chhabria ruled Oakland city officials violated a contract with developer Phil Tagami and his Oakland Bulk and Oversized Terminal when they prohibited the handling and storage of coal within the city limits in 2016 and retroactively applied the ban to his previously approved marine terminal  project. Human health arguments previously put forth were dismissed as the evidence was insufficient and failed to consider mitigation technologies the company planned to deploy.  Estimates are the terminal will handle five million metric tons of coal per year.


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