We have been watching the case of Oakland Bulk and Oversized Terminal LLC against the City of Oakland play out for several years. This project, started by Phil Tagami and his investment-developer group years ago to reinvent the old Oakland Army Base, was to build a large terminal to accept coal from Utah that will be exported to Asia. Oakland terminated his lease in 2018 because of concerns over air quality, pollution, and health of residents.
ECP Environmental Justice supports Oakland’s efforts, and Richmond’s as well, to keep coal from crossing through our neighbor cities and causing coal dust pollution that will affect air quality not only for those cities, but ours, and every one of the cities in the Bay Area. Coal dust is dangerous for people with respiratory conditions, such as asthma, and for normally healthy people too.
Please write your elected city, regional, and state officials and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District and the California Air Resources Board and urge them to support the banning of coal transportation through the State and the Bay Area.