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Document May 16, 2018

Oakland Bulk Terminal Decision

The resolution applying the coal ordinance to the OBOT facility is invalid, because it is a breach of the development agreement.

The Port of Oakland.
(Chris Jordan-Bloch / Earthjustice)
Press Release May 16, 2018

Judge Overturns Oakland Ban on Handling and Storing Coal

West Oakland communities concerned as popular ban goes down in court

Document February 16, 2017

Oakland Coal Ban Challenge Motion to Intervene

Pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 12(b)(6), Sierra Club and San Francisco Baykeeper respectfully move to dismiss two of the claims embedded within OBOT’s First Claim for Relief, namely, that Oakland Ordinance No. 13385 and Resolution No. 86234 violate the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution by (1) discriminating against out-of-state interests in favor of local ones; and (2) imposing an undue burden on interstate commerce. (Proposed) Defendant-Intervenors make this motion on the ground that as a matter of law, the facts alleged in the Complaint, judicially noticeable facts, and the plain language of the Ordinance and Resolution do not support viable claims by OBOT. Accordingly, this Motion seeks an order dismissing with prejudice the Commerce Clause discrimination and undue burden claims alleged within OBOT’s First Claim for Relief.

Document February 16, 2017

Oakland Coal Export Ban Challenge Motion to Dismiss

pursuant to Civil Local Rule 7-2, that on April 20, 2017, at 10:00 a.m., or as soon thereafter as the matter may be heard, in the courtroom of the Honorable Vince Chhabria, at the United States Courthouse, 450 Golden Gate Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94102, Sierra Club and San Francisco Baykeeper, by counsel, will move the Court for an order dismissing two Commerce Clause claims filed by Plaintiff Oakland Bulk & Oversized Terminal, LLC.

Opponents of the coal export proposal rally outside of Oakland City Hall on June 27, 2016.
(Chris Jordan-Bloch / Earthjustice)
Press Release February 16, 2017

Community Groups Ask Judge to Dismiss Lawsuit Challenging Oakland Coal Ban

Groups filed in support of city council’s ban on handling and storage of coal in Oakland

West Oakland organizers recently led their community to victory against a multi-million dollar dirty energy proposal. Reverend Ken Chambers (above) of Oakland’s West Side Missionary Baptist Church was one of the most outspoken opponents of the plan.
(Chris Jordan-Bloch/Earthjustice)
Article August 4, 2016

End of the Line for Oakland Coal Scheme

West Oakland organizers recently led their community to victory against a multi-million dollar dirty energy proposal.

Opponents of the coal export proposal rally outside of Oakland City Hall on June 27, 2016.
(Chris Jordan-Bloch / Earthjustice)
Press Release: Victory July 20, 2016

Oakland City Council Takes Final Vote, Confirming Coal Ban

Community unites to ban what would have been the largest coal export facility in California

Los miembros del público que se oponen a una propuesta de exportación de carbón se reúnen fuera de la alcaldía de Oakland el 27 de junio de 2016.
(Chris Jordan-Bloch / Earthjustice)
Press Release June 27, 2016

El Ayuntamiento de Oakland vota para prohibir las exportaciones de carbón

Grupos comunitarios y ambientalistas aplauden al Ayuntamiento por proteger la salud y seguridad de los residentes de Oakland

Opponents of the coal export proposal rally outside of Oakland City Hall on June 27, 2016.
(Chris Jordan-Bloch / Earthjustice)
Press Release: Victory June 27, 2016

Oakland City Council Votes to Ban Coal Exports

Community and environmental groups applaud council for protecting health and safety of Oaklanders

Document June 20, 2016

Request To Investigate The Misuse Of $53 Million In Mineral Leasing Act Payments To Utah To Fund A Private Coal Export Terminal In Oakland, California.

The Sierra Club, Alliance for a Better Utah, HEAL Utah, Grand Canyon Trust, Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, Living Rivers, Earthjustice (on behalf of the Sierra Club and Grand Canyon Trust), and The Sloan Law Firm, PLLC (on behalf of Living Rivers) urge you to investigate the State of Utah’s misuse of $53 million in federal communitydevelopment funds to finance a bulk shipping terminal in Oakland, California and thereby encourage mining and export of Utah coal. We believe that these actions require review by your offices for possible legal and ethical violations.

The Port of Oakland, the site of the new export terminal.
(Chris Jordan-Bloch / Earthjustice)
Press Release June 20, 2016

Groups Call for Federal Investigation of Utah Plan to Finance Oakland Coal Export Terminal

Letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch cites potential legal and ethical violations of federal law

Grupos piden investigación federal por plan de Utah de financiar terminal de exportación de carbón en Oakland
(Chris Jordan-Bloch / Earthjustice)
Press Release June 20, 2016

Grupos Piden Investigación Federal por Plan de Utah de Financiar Terminal de Exportación de Carbón en Oakland

Carta a la Procuradora General Loretta Lynch cita potenciales infracciones a la ley federal de carácter legal y ético

The Oakland skyline, behind the Port of Oakland. The Port is one of the largest container ship facilities on the West Coast. (Chris Jordan-Bloch / Earthjustice)
feature June 7, 2016

Fighting the Oakland Coal Nightmare

Developers, politicians and Utah coal barons wanted to bring California's largest coal export facility to West Oakland. Who schemed up the idea to send trainloads of coal to one of the most burdened neighborhoods in the area, and who worked to keep this nightmare from becoming a reality?

Grupos piden investigación federal por plan de Utah de financiar terminal de exportación de carbón en Oakland
(Chris Jordan-Bloch / Earthjustice)
Article June 3, 2016

Defending San Francisco Bay Area Communities from Polluters

Communities in California are fighting back against a proposed coal export terminal that would burden their communities with additional pollution and health impacts.

The redevelopment of the waterfront in Oakland, California, is generating new controversy over a proposed coal export terminal.
("Port of Oakland 'round Sunset" by Russel Mondy/CC BY-NC 2.0)
Press Release March 11, 2016

Utah Legislature Votes to Fund California Coal Export Terminal at Taxpayer Expense

The bill commits $53 million Utah taxpayer dollars to a proposed Oakland Coal Export Terminal

The redevelopment of the waterfront in Oakland, California, is generating new controversy over a proposed coal export terminal.
("Port of Oakland 'round Sunset" by Russel Mondy/CC BY-NC 2.0)
Press Release November 24, 2015

Community Groups Dismiss Oakland Coal Exports Case While Working with City to Exclude Coal from Project

Legal action helped clarify information in the City’s review process; the next step is to continue advocacy efforts while the City proceeds in good-faith

Document November 2, 2015

Letter to Utah Attorney General Regarding Oakland Export Terminal

Community groups ask Utah Attorney General to reject public funding of proposed Oakland coal export terminal

The redevelopment of the waterfront in Oakland, California, is generating new controversy over a proposed coal export terminal.
("Port of Oakland 'round Sunset" by Russel Mondy/CC BY-NC 2.0)
Press Release November 2, 2015

Utah Funding for West Coast's Largest Coal Export Terminal Challenged

Community groups ask Utah Attorney General to reject public funding of proposed Oakland coal export terminal