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Growing Resistance to Utah Coal Export Scheme

October 06, 2015

By Christopher Coast for SNL:

In the latest effort toward halting a project that could see Utah-produced coal shipped through a redeveloped port in Oakland, Calif., environmental and community activists filed a California Environmental Quality Act action in a local court, arguing that earlier environmental reviews did not adequately consider the possible impact of coal.

The project, which is intended to redevelop the former Oakland Army Base, has been a point of contention between backers and the Oakland City Council for months, after reports emerged suggesting that the export of coal through the facility was in the cards.

Advocacy group EarthJustice, which filed the action on behalf of several groups opposing the project, stated in a release that the initial environmental review of the port project “failed to include any discussion or analysis of the impacts of transporting, handling, or exporting coal from Oakland on surrounding neighborhoods or the environment.”

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