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On December 7, 2016, the developer of this property, Phil Tagami, filed a federal lawsuit seeking to overturn Oakland’s ordinance. The lawsuit against the City of Oakland was filed on behalf of Tagami’s shell company Oakland Bulk and Oversized Terminal LLC (OBOT LLC).
On January 30, 2017, the City of Oakland filed a motion to dismiss sections of the lawsuit. The city has retained the law firm of Burke, Williams & Sorensen as co-counsel to defend and represent the city. United States District Judge Vince Chhabria will hear arguments on the motion to dismiss at 10 a.m. on April 20, 2017 at the federal courthouse at 450 Golden Gate Avenue in San Francisco.
On February 16, EarthJustice, representing San Francisco Baykeeper and the Sierra Club, filed a motion to intervene in the lawsuit and a motion to dismiss other sections of the lawsuit. If the motion is granted, these environmental organizations become defendants along with the city.
Exporting coal through Oakland would affect the community’s safety, the environment, and public health, particularly for residents of West Oakland, near the proposed terminal, who already experience disproportionate health impacts. Additionally, this would undermine California’s strong commitment to cutting carbon pollution.
Our message to Phil Tagami: Drop the lawsuit against the people and City of Oakland. Find a healthy use for the property that will generate jobs and benefit the community.
More background and updates are available at NoCoalinOakland.info.
We need your help to spread the word about the lawsuit and pressure Phil Tagami to withdraw the suit.
The No Coal in Oakland campaign is organized by a grass roots group that includes members of Sierra Club, West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project, Sunflower Alliance, Communities for a Better Environment, System Change Not Climate Change and 350Bay Area, and other community members. It is not a formal coalition.
Here's more background information:
Coal is the fossil fuel that contributes most to climate disruption. Toxic coal dust leads to asthma, cancer and heart disease. The City Council of Oakland is on record opposing coal. But their 66-year lease with developer Phil Tagami doesn't explicitly block his company from shipping coal through the export terminal he is building near the Bay Bridge toll plaza. It does allow for regulation based on substantial evidence of a substantial danger to health and safety of the community and workers. That provides the basis for the ordinance.
Utah legislators voted to allocate $53 million to help finance the export facility if it is used to ship coal and other Utah products. That money would ultimately come out of a fund intended to mitigate coal impact in Utah mining communities, not enrich a Kentucky coal company and Oakland developers.
We successfully organized in Oakland to convince the City Council to ban coal at the terminal, located on city-owned property. Now we are supporting their defense of the lawsuit by informing the community and mobilizing so Tagami hears our message: Drop the lawsuit and find a healthy use the property that will generate jobs and benefit the community.
Please help us continue this work with your donation !