LOCAL GOVERNMENT (Bay Area): Oakland, new terminal, transportation of coal the city?: "Coal-shipping plan divides Oakland over health, jobs issues" ....
* San Francisco Chronicle: "Coal-shipping plan divides Oakland over health, jobs issues" - From the Chronicle:
Oakland’s City Council has until early December to make a costly choice: agree to move millions of tons of potentially lung-damaging coal through the city each year for export, or ban the coal and disrupt — potentially derailing — a major development that promises nearly 12,000 jobs.
Opposition to coal is mounting from public health experts, environmental groups and even some council members. But the company contracted to develop and operate a shipping terminal set to open near the east end of the Bay Bridge in 2018 is threatening to pull out if coal transportation is blocked in Oakland — and that could delay or hinder the $880 million, 366-acre development project.
“I’m quite certain if we’re unable to pursue our business plan with respect to all commodities, including coal, we will not make the investment, no,” said Jerry Bridges, who once ran the Port of Oakland and now heads Terminal Logistics Solutions, the shipping operations company handling the most lucrative portion of the project.
On Dec. 8, the City Council could vote to allow coal transportation through Oakland, restrict it in some way, or ban it altogether. Last year, before Terminal Logistics Solutions made plans to export coal from the future terminal, the council passed a resolution opposing the transportation of hazardous fuels, including coal, in Oakland ......................