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"Sacramento, Calif. • Democrats in the California Senate on Wednesday approved legislation that would delay a proposed export facility in Oakland to ship Utah coal to Asia, a project that’s drawn fierce opposition from environmentalists. ...", www.sltrib.com
"The state Senate on Wednesday passed a bill to require environmental reviews for a controversial plan to ship coal by rail through Oakland, which has pitted legislators in Sacramento against a developer who is closely connected to Gov. Jerry Brown. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Loni Hancock, D-Berkeley, could be the first major hurdle for the $250 million Oakland Bulk and Oversized Terminal, a giant export depot that developer Phil Tagami hopes to build near the east end of the Bay Bridge. Coal wasn’t part of the plan until 2014, when Tagami’s shipping operator, Terminal Logistics Solutions, began courting investment from four coal-mining counties in Utah — on the promise that Utah coal would be shipped through Oakland. Hancock noted that 11 East Bay mayors — from Berkeley, Dublin, Fremont, Livermore, Hayward, Richmond, San Leandro, Union City, Emeryville, Albany and El Cerrito — signed a joint letter denouncing the coal-shipping plan, because rail lines", www.sfgate.com
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