Oakland Votes To Ban Coal Shipments, Could End Export Plans
Detractors said a project to build a new coal export terminal would’ve harmed the public.
Officials in Oakland, California, effectively ended proposals to open a new coal export terminal by voting to ban the transport and storage of the fossil fuel within city limits.
The Oakland City Council announced its 7-0 decision on Monday as hundreds of anti-coal protestors descended on City Hall. The vote, which must be reconfirmed before it’s made official, came after Mayor Libby Schaaf and council member Dan Kalb argued that a coal export terminal would pollute the area, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
Environmentalists, who had ardently opposed such a project, hailed the decision… (more)
Since we on the Pacific West Coast are breathing coal dust from China now, it doesn’t make much since to encourage more of it.