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Federal judge strikes down Oakland’s ban of coal facility operations

In a blow to Oakland and its environmental agenda, a federal judge in San Francisco on Tuesday cleared the way for a company to export coal from a port in the city.

U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria said city officials breached a contract with developer Phil Tagami and his Oakland Bulk and Oversized Terminal, or OBOT, project when they instituted a prohibition on coal handling and storage within city limits two years ago and then retroactively applied the ban to the marine terminal project.

In 2013, OBOT signed an agreement with the city giving the company the rights to build a $250 million shipping terminal near the Bay Bridge toll plaza.
Source: Bay Area News Federal judge strikes down Oakland’s ban of coal facility operations

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